How to Use a Neti Pot

I want to support you in learning about and beginning or  re-beginning the simple practices that will help you feel better all year. Here’s a short video I made for you on the practice of Jala Neti. Not sure what Jala Neti is? 
 Take a look HERE.

 

YOGA VIDEOS with Shannon Available soon!
I have created a monthly yoga video subscription for you! Each month I will record three practices:

One  30 – 40 minute active session

One 30 – 40 minute yin session

One 15 – 30 minute pranayama and meditation session

My intention is to support you in your home practice, and to give you a way to continue studying with me remotely.

I decided to make the videos around 30 minutes each since most people struggle to find an hour or more to practice at home. The shorter sessions will allow you to get established in a daily practice; do different styles at different times of day, and, on days when you have more time or want to indulge in a long practice, you can mix and match the videos, sequencing them on your own, and I will also offer you some guidance on this too.

Subscribers  will receive access to three new […]

Caring for Our Senses Tip Sheet

After many posts on caring for our senses, I made you a tip sheet to print out with all the information in one place.  Enjoy!
Caring for our senses tip sheet 
If you have any questions, please be in touch: Shannon@livingintobalance.com.

By |June 9th, 2017|Ayurveda, Care for your Senses, disease prevention, health|0 Comments

Ayurveda for Your Senses: the Skin

The classics of Ayurveda teach that over-use, under-use and wrong use of our senses lead to disease. The sense organs are the ears, skin, eyes, tongue and nose. The mind is considered both a sense organ (receiving impressions) and a motor organ (acting on the world). The effects of caring for our senses are on both the organs themselves and on our minds, for our sense organs have a direct link to our minds. We take in so much stimulation every day that its often hard to unwind at the end of the day. Some of our senses, like touch, registered through our skin, are under stimulated and this leads to its own distress both physically, emotionally and spiritually. What we feed our senses, and how we care for them is an important, often overlooked form of self-care.
The skin is the largest organ in our body, serving as a barrier between the outside world and our inner body. Our skin digests sunlight and produces Vitamin D. Similarly, when we apply oil to our skin, our skin digests the oil and if it is herbalized oil, those herbs penetrate, bypassing the gut and directly influencing our nervous system. Touch is one of our primary needs. […]

By |January 27th, 2017|Ayurveda, Care for your Senses, disease prevention, health|0 Comments

Ayurveda for Our Senses: The Ears

Caring for our Senses

Agni is a Sanskrit word that means ‘fire’ and is often used to refer to digestive strength. Mental agni is our capacity to process (digest) information and emotions—our life experience. When agni is strong at this level, we comprehend what we experience and  this yields understanding and wisdom. Just as when the physical body has a backlog of undigested food we feel heavy and sluggish, so, too the mental body can get full and heavy when we don’t take time to digest our life experience. When we routinely take in more than we can digest and assimilate mentally, we weaken our agni, and thereby our whole system.

This mental/emotional backlog results in a kind of toxicity–‘ama’–which clogs the mental pathways. When mental agni is impaired, our thinking becomes cloudy, our memory, faulty, our capacity to make meaning of our lives is weakened and we may experience insomnia, depression and anxiety.

Most of us know but don’t often consider the impact of  the tens of thousands of sense impressions we ingest daily—some of them may be healing—but many of them are not. Additionally, we lead lives that are quite busy and full and so there is simply not enough space to process of […]

By |December 27th, 2016|Ayurveda, Care for your Senses, disease prevention, health, yoga|0 Comments

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