By Nancy Levenson, PYT 1000 – Professional Yoga Therapist
The external influences on our health include seasons, diet and lifestyle. During our last session of the 200HR Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training at NamasteWorks Yoga, our group explored the external influence of diet. We dedicated time to understand the principles of and cook an Ayurvedic lunch. To support the studies of Ayurveda, the group explored how modification to ingredients can alter a meal to better support the optimal health of a client’s Ayurvedic constitution, Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The group split into teams to assemble three different versions of the same meal. Making simple modifications to ingredients, like adding cooling foods (papayas, cucumbers, coconut) for the Pitta meal, sweet foods like (avocados, grapes) to the Vata meal and pungent and bitter foods like (broccoli and endive) in the Kapha meal, allowed participants to understand how diet helps to support optimal digestion and Agni in the body.
Like Yoga, Ayurveda is the study of unity and integration and a process of self awareness and healing. Ultimately Yoga and Ayurveda want to bring us into alignment with the laws of the Universe at the levels of body, mind and spirit. Yoga therapy, works with clients one-on-one to integrate the sister sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda to support overall wellbeing.
NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness offers; Yoga as a Healing Art to the Douglas County communities of Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Castle Rock, Castle Pines and other nearby communities. Our service is one-on-one healing therapy, Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training and Free group classes at Yoga in the Park, Highlands Ranch.