I could easily tell you when and why I first got interested in yoga. I remember my first DVD, and I remember my first group class. I remember many of my early experiences trying to learn how to meditate too. But Ayurveda, well that snuck in the back door, and just never left.
Next month I’m giving a workshop called Introduction to Ayurveda. It’s a workshop I’ve facilitated many times before in Boston, and I love it. I love introducing people to this strange-sounding compliment to yoga practice. I especially love the interactivity and all the “ah ha” moments that come up from attendees around the room. There is usually a lot of nodding, a lot of sharing, a lot of smiling. Even if you’re only skimming the surface of Ayurveda (as I do in this two hour workshop), it all just makes so much sense, it explains so much about us–including why we are the way we are, why we do the things we do (whether we should or shouldn’t), and what we might do differently to bring ourselves back into a state of balance.
Maybe it was Sudha’s statement about Ayurveda being “all about poop” (instantly fascinating!) or being fortunate to attend one of John Douillard’s workshops about Ayurveda at Kripalu Center for Wellness and Health. Maybe it was being exposed to the possibility of oil treatments or nutritional consultations I had there years later, or perhaps it was getting deeper with Chase and Elizabeth Bossart here in Austin.Ah, or maybe it was the simple recognition of myself in its concepts, and years of experimentation with its recommendations.
Yeah, that’s it. To know something, I feel you have to play with it yourself. Otherwise, what exactly do you know? And once you know something, you only know it from your own experience. I enjoy passing along my own experiences, just in case along the way it helps someone who might be even just a bit like me, in some way. And we’re all like each other in some ways, aren’t we?
Why was/is Ayurveda appealing to me? Because it gives me reasonable, simple options to try to better my life and my health. Because it helps me understand my relationships, including my relationship to nature and the world. Because it’s helped me sleep better, eat better, exercise better, practice yoga better. And by “better”, I mean “in a way that’s more in alignment with what *I* need”, based on my particular tendencies toward imbalance. Ayurveda is pretty individual, and since we’re all unique, I think that’s pretty cool.
I recently reconnected with a friend who attended one of my Ayurvedic workshops in Boston. I was truly amazed when she told me that years later, she still has the morning routine I shared with the group written down, and tries to do a few things from it when she can. Gosh, I feel like I know so much more now than I did then. What to change? What to keep the same? Ah, all good fun. Hope to see you there.
When: Saturday July 18, 2015, 2:30-4:30 pm
Where: The Yoga Room, 503 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Suite 220, Round Rock, TX 78664
To register: http://rryogaroom.com/workshops/
When: Tuesday August 18, 2015, 9:00-11:00 am
Where: Bodhi Healing Arts, 2013-A West Anderson Lane Austin, TX 78757
Cost: $25 (pre-reg; $30 at the door)