• What is Your Body Telling You?

    Our bodies have internal wisdom that guides us through life harmoniously, the natural cycles of the body are meant to be aligned with the natural cycles of Mother Earth. That is why it is very important to listen to our bodies and honor those cycles.


    Often when we think about healing, we compartmentalize the process. Rather than integrating body, mind, and soul, we focus on the part that we perceive to be hurt or damaged. As an Ayurvedic counselor, I use -for both myself and my clients- the wonders of this ancient science to integrate body, mind, and soul.

    Ayurveda originated in India over 5,000 years ago and since then it has had a continuous tradition of professional practice, research, and education. It has become an integral part of the culture and daily lifestyle in India and currently around the world. During the last thirty years, many original Ayurvedic Sanskrit texts have been translated into various languages and the study of Ayurveda has expanded tremendously. This has gradually led to the current popularity of Ayurveda in the West. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that translates to the science or wisdom of life. ‘Ayur’ means life and ‘Veda’ means wisdom, knowledge, or science.

    Ayurveda is a system of healing with one of its main goals being to preserve health and prevent illnesses by creating a balanced lifestyle. Ayurveda teaches us to live in harmony with nature. Our bodies have internal wisdom that guides us through life harmoniously, the natural cycles of the body are meant to be aligned with the natural cycles of Mother Earth. That is why it is very important to listen to our bodies and honor those cycles. Going to sleep when the moon rises and waking up when the sun comes out is part of our nature, yet we condition our bodies to stay up late watching TV or engaging in social media and therefore wanting to wake up late which makes our body feel out of balance when we do that for a long period of time. Our bodies not only will follow the night and day routines but also seasonal food and environment if we allow it.

    Ayurveda is a complete system of care that takes all our being into consideration; as we are body, mind, and soul we cannot focus on maintaining the health of one part but not the other. Ayurveda encompasses tools and treatments that will benefit and keep our physical body, mind, and consciousness healthy and in balance.

    What makes Ayurveda unique?

    • Ayurveda does not focus on the symptoms but on the root cause that creates those symptoms.
    • It takes into consideration the uniqueness of the individual.
    • It is holistic and inclusive of all aspects of the individual: Body, mind, and spirit.
    • It offers natural ways to prevent and treat diseases and maintain health.
    • It has a big emphasis on prevention through daily routines according to each individual’s unique constitution, environment, and climate.
    • It empowers everyone to take responsibility for their own well-being and health.
    • It is effective.

    How does Ayurveda operate? 

    Everything in the physical world is composed of the five fundamental elements of nature: Space, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. These five elements give rise to the three doshas or humors of the body that create our main constitution or Prakruti. Our constitution never changes, it’s the same from the moment that we are born until the moment that we leave the body, although, the elements of our constitution can become disruptive creating imbalances ultimately leading to illnesses.

    The three doshas are the three energies governing all the functions in the body, while modern medicine is based on the structure of the body, Ayurveda is based on the energy behind that structure. The three doshas are: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

    Why is important to know our Prakruti or constitution? 

    In order to have a balanced and healthy life, we have to know what we are made of. Each dosha requires a lifestyle, food, and practices (like individualized yoga asanas, breathing techniques, and meditation) that help us to maintain our health and well-being in harmony and balance.

    Vata’s main elements are ether and air, and the energy of action, transportation, and movement. The qualities of Vata are dryness, roughness, lightness, coldness, subtleness, and mobility. Some of the functions that Vata governs are the breath, speech, removal of waste, sense of touch, all movements of the body, and absorption of nutrients.

    Vata can get aggravated during fall and winter, or by eating too many dry or raw foods, drinking very cold beverages, exposure to cold and wind, prolonged fasting, interrupted sleep, and excessive exercise or movement.

    You know if your Vata is aggravated because your skin becomes very dry, your hair, eyes, lips, and joints. You feel bloated, gas, and dehydrated. You can also feel restless in the mind, anxious, fearful, or insecure.

    Vata people tend to be slim and slender, either short or tall with prominent bones. Their metabolism and sleep patterns can get disturbed easily, they tend to be talkative and use hand gestures to speak. The Vata mind is always busy, from one thing to another and they worry about everything, they are creative, and they like to go with the flow. Their slogan is “what if” or “can I change my mind?”

    To restore the balance of Vata we have to apply the opposite qualities of cold, dry, light, and mobile. We slow down, add some weight and stability, eat delicious warm soups and foods, and structure time with regular routines that give us foundation and framework to our lives.

    Pitta’s main elements are fire and water, and the energy of transformation, conversion, and digestion. The qualities of Pitta are oily, sharp, hot, light (luminosity), acidic, spreading, and liquid. Some of the functions that Pitta governs are the digestion, assimilation of nutrients, transformation of food, maintenance of body temperature, and critical thinking.

    Pitta is easily aggravated during summer or when exposed to extreme heat, also by eating very sour, salty, or spicy food, excessive alcohol, and extreme competition. When your Pitta is aggravated, you can feel emotions of anger and frustration, physically you can develop excessive acne, oily skin, skin conditions (psoriasis or eczema), acid reflux, hyperacidity, and sharp headaches.

    Pitta people are medium build and height, with strong muscles. Sharpness is the main characteristic of Pitta physically and mentally. Pitta people are great speakers and go straight to the point, they tend to be goal-oriented, and love to plan. Their slogan is “my way or the highway”.

    To restore the balance, we have to apply the opposite qualities. It is important to avoid constant competitiveness and extreme heat. Create a friendly environment, add sweet fruits to the diet, and take walks in nature.

    Kapha’s main elements are water and earth, and the energy of construction, lubrication, and nourishment. The qualities of Kapha are moist, cold, heavy, static, sticky, soft, slow, and smooth. Kapha governs the body’s lubrication, moistens the joints, provides stamina and strength, and tissue development. Kapha gets aggravated especially during the late winter, spring, and rainy season, also by eating too much sweet or salty foods, excessive eating and drinking, and lack of exercise and excessive sleep. Feeling heaviness in the body and the mind, or when your digestion is becoming slow, feeling sluggish or lethargic, depressed or sad, are signs of Kapha aggravation.

    Kapha people are well built, full-bodied people. Their features are rounded – Round face, round big eyes, roundish nose, and sweet looks. They have long and thick hair. They are loving, nurturing, caring, and are peacemakers. They want everybody to be happy. Their slogan is “Don’t worry, be happy.” They have good endurance and strong immune systems. They are good listeners and speak very little. At times they tend to be shy and a bit lazy. Kapha tends to cause weight gain and water retention, causing swelling.

    To restore balance to Kapha we integrate light and warm foods, exercise, and practice decluttering the space.

    We all have the three doshas but one or two are going to be more dominant in our condition. Most people are dual doshic (Vata-Pita/Vata-Kapha/Pita-Kapha) or tri-doshic (Vata-Pita-Kapha).

    How can you integrate basic Ayurvedic principles into your life?

    • Know your constitution so you can understand what foods are the most appropriate for you. Food can be medicine for one person, and poison for another one. You can take this quick assessment.
    • Create a daily routine:
      • Wake up 30 min. earlier so you can add to your morning some extra time for a quick walk, mindful breathing, or 15 minutes workout.
      • Drink a fresh ginger-lemon tea with a sprinkle of raw honey on an empty stomach.
      • Eat only when your previous meal has been digested.
      • Drink enough water to hydrate your body:
        • Vata types: 6-8 glasses per day
        • Pita types: 5-6 glasses per day
        • Kapha types: 4-5 glasses per day
      • Ultimately, live in harmony with your environment and the people around you.

    By Esther Rodriguez Brown

    Esther Rodriguez Brown was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain. Since a very young age, she showed her passion for helping others and got involved in several social justice organizations.
    She arrived in the United States in 2001 and in 2007 she founded The Embracing Project (TEP), a grass-roots non-profit organization that services children survivors of sex trafficking and gang violence. Until she opened TEP drop-in center, the first in Nevada for children survivors of trafficking, she served youth in the streets of Las Vegas using her car as her main office and many times opening the doors of her home for those youth who needed it. Esther traveled around the world to continue her service to humanity and in particular, children and women survivors of trauma, expanding services in several countries. In 2019, Esther merged TEP with a national organization to focus on her other passion, holistic healing, Yoga, Ayurveda, and Jyotish.

    Esther founded Ego Friendly Living in 2016, a company based on the principle of compassion, self-healing, and self-empowerment, focusing on body, mind, and soul, through the practices of self-care and self-love. Her experience working with vulnerable populations and survivors of complex trauma gives her a unique perspective to facilitate healing practices and to teach how trauma can affect our emotional and physiological bodies.
    Esther has a master’s degree in Psychology. She is an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Vedic Astrologer, and a 200 YTT with studies in Yoga Nidra. Esther travels yearly to India to continue her studies related to body, mind, and soul to share that wisdom with others.

    She is the author of The Power of Your Hands. Mudras for your everyday life. Available in Amazon. She is a recognized national and international speaker and has been recognized in national and international media, documentaries, books, and film and has received many awards for her humanitarian work with children affected by violence.

    Find her on Instagram @Esther_Brown_Inspire
    and on her website, https://www.egofriendlyliving.com.

    Photo by Mohamed Nohassi on Unsplash

  • Plant-Based Nutrition: Protein

    When you think protein, what image normally comes into your mind? The first thing that comes to my mind is a flexed bicep. Most people think “muscle building” or “strength,” but know little else beyond that. Today we’re going to dive a little bit into protein basics, why it’s important, and where we can get good quality protein.

    Basic Protein Background

    A protein is any group of complex nitrogenous compounds used to create body tissue as well as other chemicals that participate in metabolism and maintaining the body in working order. Hormones and enzymes are also classified as proteins. Protein has been perpetuated as the most important macronutrient, and you’ve probably heard people prioritize eating protein over carbohydrates and fat. In fact, it’s name comes from the Greek “proteios,” meaning “of prime importance.”

    Proteins have so many important jobs in our bodies: as enzymes that facilitate chemical reactions, as hormones that send messages through the body, as antibodies that protect us from harmful substances, as carriers of oxygen and gases in our blood, as well as forming structural components of our cells.

    All proteins are made up of smaller building blocks called amino acids. Of the many naturally occurring amino acids, the proteins in our body are derived from just twenty. Of these twenty, our body has the ability to make twelve. The remaining eight have to be obtained through diet- hence their name essential amino acids.

    Before we go into where to get these proteins, let’s dive into “How much do we need?” Most people know that they need protein, but don’t often know the amount their bodies need. The need for protein was determined and published in 1943 by the National Academy of Sciences as the first recommended daily allowance (RDA). The minimum daily requirement was calculated by measuring the amount of nitrogen excreted, and was estimated to be about 0.5 grams per kilogram of body weight (~0.22 g per pound body weight), equivalent to about 6% of total diet calories.

    Because this estimate was determined using a small, random sample of individuals, it was adjusted by a couple standard deviations to ensure proper intake for everyone. This was about 0.8g/kg body weight. For a 70 kg (144 lb) male, this is about 56 grams and for a 60 kg female (132 lb) this is about 48 grams. This is about 9-11% of total calories assuming a typical caloric intake of 2000 to 2500 calories, respectively. The RDA has been set to 10% as a rounded off convenience. This amount has since been officially reviewed 14 times by an expert panel of scientists, to ensure it’s credibility.

    Where can we get protein?

    Protein is found in all natural foods, including plants! If a diet is varied in calories and made mostly of whole foods, it is almost impossible to get an inadequate protein intake- even if you don’t eat meat. Animal sources of protein have been touted as the best source because they contain all 20 amino acids, hence their name “complete” protein. Most plant foods do not contain all amino acids and have been considered “incomplete” proteins, prompting the need to “combine” proteins in order to get all the amino acids you need but this myth has since been disproven. In reality, the body is quite capable of taking incomplete proteins and making them complete by recycling.

    Some argue for animal based protein due to their high biological value (HBV) meaning the proteins are most easily absorbed into the body. Just because the value is higher, however, doesn’t mean that one will have higher health. Increasing body growth may be useful for growing animals and children, but it also means faster cancer cell growth, faster heart disease onset, and faster aging–each of which has been documented.

    A real life example of this is that young growing girls are now maturing earlier, having their menstrual cycles younger in life, and have higher circulating levels of estrogen- a marker of breast cancer risk. Animal source protein was shown to stimulate the production of hormones that encourage growth of cancer cells. Plant based proteins, however, did not promote these events and even started to slow down and halt cancer cell activity.

    In addition to these, when animal based proteins are broken down, harmful pro-inflammatory compounds such as trimethylamine oxidase (TMAO) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IgF-1) are produced. Animal based proteins are high in saturated fat, the kind of fat that increases production of LDL cholesterol, which is the “bad” cholesterol used as a marker for heart disease risk. They are also completely devoid of fiber, which bulks up the stool and feeds your gut bacteria aka your brain.

    So what kind of protein is kindest to the body?

    As mentioned earlier, a whole foods plant based diet, when varied and eaten in adequacy, provides all the protein one needs for a healthy life. It’s important to keep in mind that macronutrients aren’t confined to one food group but are found in all good groups! Even greens have a small amount of protein in them. However, it is good to know which foods are particularly good sources of proteins in case you are meal planning or need to increase your protein needs for your training needs. Foods that are packed with protein include nuts and seeds, greens, legumes, and beans.

    Here are five of my personal favorite:

    • Lentils: 18 g protein per cup
      Delicious, super high in fiber as well, and extremely easy to cook. You can find them pre cooked (my favorite is from Trader Joe’s) and serve them as is! Great to dip crackers into.
    • Tofu: 10 g protein per cup
      Super versatile and soaks up the flavors of sauces and marinades. Along with having 10 g of protein per cup, soy has been found to be protective against cardiovascular disease, breast, prostate, and colon cancer. Try it in a tofu “scramble” or silken tofu blended with frozen berries and maple syrup for a protein yogurt.
    • Spinach: 5 g protein per 1 cup cooked
      Surprisingly, spinach has a little chunk of protein as well! Its also packed with iron, calcium, vitamin K, and vitamin C. You’ll be surprised how much spinach you can get through, especially if you throw it in soups, chilis, or stir fries.
    • Hemp Seeds: 13 g protein per ¼ cup
      Not only are they extremely high in protein, but they have the perfect omega 3 to omega 6 ratio. Enjoy them blended into a smoothie, sprinkled on top of your avocado toast, or along with your vegetables and rice.
    • Edamame: 18.5 g protein per 1 cup
      Whole soy beans in the pod, found most commonly in East Asian cuisine. Along with tofu and other forms of soybeans, edamame is rich in protein, fiber, manganese, phosphorus and vitamin K. Trader Joes also has pre cooked edamame, otherwise you can find frozen pods in the freezer section of your grocery stores. Warm them up and serve them on salads, with rice in a deconstructed sushi bowl, or just by themselves as a snack!

    By Amanda Sevilla

    Amanda Sevilla, RDN, RYT-500 is a registered dietitian and yoga teacher. She is the human being behind “applesandamandas” on YouTube and @amandavsevilla on instagram. After graduating with her bachelor’s in nutrition and dietetics from Loma Linda, University, she went to India (twice) to learn how to teach yoga, started working as a clinical dietitian, and started plant based nutrition counseling and coaching. Find her at the yoga studio, practicing Ashtanga, at a cafe sipping on an oat milk latte, or curled up on the couch with a journal and some tea.

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  • Everyday Joy of Yoga Challenge

    Sometimes it feels like you ask yourself a million questions. “Is there anything I could have done?” You would drive yourself crazy if you asked yourself that because what ifs, should haves, and could haves, don’t matter. What does matter is that you are still here, living, breathing, and you have a purpose. The best thing you can do, in my opinion, is to live. Live so fully for them. Find happiness again even if it takes a long time. Live each and every day trying to find some sort of light even if it’s a small joy that you feel or a fleeting smile. Find a way to bring happiness back into your life and live for them. I like to think of all the joy they brought to my life and allow that to spark a fire within me to move forward, one day at a time.

    TRIGGER WARNING

    When I was little, I was told my grandfather died before I was born but I never knew how. I didn’t really understand death when I was little, and I never thought anything of asking about how he died. My grandma lived with me my whole life and she never brought it up until I was older. She would occasionally tell a funny story about him or show me their wedding photos but I never thought to ask. I knew he died when my mom was 13 and that is about all I knew.

    As I got older, my grandma decided to tell me what had happened. My grandma had the softest, wrinkly, veiny, little hands and she pulled me onto her lap on her big comfy blue chair, held me with those cute little hands of hers and told me the truth about my grandfather. My grandfather, whom I never met, took his own life in his own house while my mom was home. He had suffered from depression. I remember feeling extremely confused and I wondered how he could leave them behind. I couldn’t wrap my head around it. I was still pretty young and didn’t really understand depression. As I got older, I knew so many people who suffered from depression and I also knew so many people who lost loved ones to suicide.

    Growing up, my grandma watched the movie “It’s a wonderful life” every Christmas and she always told me how it was her favorite movie. I had never cared at the time to watch it as it was black and white and I always wanted to watch the Grinch. It wasn’t until after my grandma passed away, in my senior year of high school, that I finally watched the movie and I cried. I understood why it was her favorite and why she chose to watch that movie over and over. If you haven’t seen the movie, (spoiler alert) it’s about a guy who thinks his family would be better off without him and he thinks about taking his own life. Before he does, an angel shows up and shows him how many lives he has impacted by living, how many people he has helped, and all the good he has done and he chooses not to go through with it. I believe she watched it over and over because she had always felt that she wished her husband could have known all the lives he impacted, all the good he had done.

    Suicide, has changed the way I speak around my mother about death. She was affected so deeply at such a young age that I am always careful of the words I choose. When my mother and all her siblings lost my grandfather, a lot of their community turned them away. They abandoned them because there was such a stigma around mental health. My mom had a boyfriend at that time. His mother, even banned her son from seeing my mom out of fear “she would have a disease too.” When I first heard about this I felt such disappointment. How could their community turn around on them when they needed it the most? My grandma was left to feed 5 kids alone while working three jobs and no one wanted to help because of fear.

    A few years ago, I lost another loved one to suicide. My brother introduced me to this amazing man that he would call his fiancé. He had this incredible energy that lit up every room. He really taught me to live life to the fullest. He had an amazing support system as well. There were tons of people that loved him. I remember getting that phone call and completely falling apart. I couldn’t grasp as to why these things happen. I couldn’t understand the pain that the people I loved would have to feel. I cherish all of the moments we had together and look back now with a smile at how he lived while he was here.

    Sometimes it feels like you ask yourself a million questions. “Is there anything I could have done?” You would drive yourself crazy if you asked yourself that because what ifs, should haves, and could haves, don’t matter. What does matter is that you are still here, living, breathing, and you have a purpose. The best thing you can do, in my opinion, is to live. Live so fully for them. Find happiness again even if it takes a long time. Live each and every day trying to find some sort of light even if it’s a small joy that you feel or a fleeting smile. Find a way to bring happiness back into your life and live for them. I like to think of all the joy they brought to my life and allow that to spark a fire within me to move forward, one day at a time.

    I know so many people who have also lost so many to suicide. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. In 2017, there were 47,173 Americans that died by suicide. We put such a stigma on mental health that sometimes people are afraid to ask for help. We have to change the way we look at mental health issues and raise awareness about how common it is and how it is ok to ask for help. Suicidal thoughts and behaviors can be reduced with the proper mental health support and treatment. We should encourage those around us to ask for help when they need it.

    This members only challenge that we are having on Omstars starting on May 1st is to raise money and awareness for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Please join us in raising money and awareness for this amazing foundation whose mission is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. For every person who signs up to join the challenge, Omstars will be donating $1 to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, up to $1000. Plus, you can win some amazing prizes from our generous sponsors, Omstars and In The Moment magazine, while spreading awareness for Suicide Prevention.

    During this 9 day challenge, each class is designed to target a different part of the body, or a different style of practice. These classes range from a warm-up/morning yoga class, to a core-focused class, and even to a restorative practice. Practice along each day for 9 days and share your pose of the day on Instagram with the hashtag #EverydayJoyOfYoga and help us spread awareness for Suicide Prevention. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has a list of Warning signs and Risk factors. https://afsp.org/about-suicide/risk-factors-and-warning-signs/

    If you or a loved one is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or text the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741

    By Kaitlyn Kreitzman

    Kaitlyn started practicing yoga in high school to combat the high demands of school work, sports, and life in New York. It was an on and off practice until college where she really became dedicated to making time on her mat daily. After realizing the amazing benefits of a yoga practice, and watching them become a reality in her life, Kaitlyn wanted to share this practice with others. She received her 200-hour RYT in 2015 from Urban Bliss Yoga In North Carolina. She taught on her college campus and in studios around the area of Fairfield Connecticut. After she graduated with a B.A. in Graphic Design and Illustration, she wanted to expand her knowledge of teaching and received her 500-hour RYT at Simplicity Yoga Studio in Long Island, New York. Kaitlyn now teaches and lives in Northwestern Colorado. She draws her inspiration for her classes from her everyday life. Kaitlyn’s classes focus on alignment, breath work, meditation, and yoga philosophy. She loves to help others take what they learn on the mat and incorporate it into their everyday lives. Kaitlyn works as the Social Media Manager, and Graphic Designer for Omstars. When she’s not teaching or practicing yoga, she enjoys camping, hiking, rock climbing, reading, and painting.

  • Use Yoga & Ayurveda to Balance the Vata Dosha

    Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, is an ancient wellness system that can help us find optimal health and balance in life. It’s all about eating a nutritious and balanced diet that’s suited for your individual needs, engaging in self-care practices that nourish your body, mind and soul, plus, practicing yoga in a way that is informed by this ancient science of life. These three components are your Ayurvedic keys to good health and well-being.

    Our October challenge, #EatLikeAYogi, is all about bringing yoga and Ayurveda together as they were meant to be practiced. In doing so, you will have all the tools you need to find your way back to a place of optimal well-being. During this challenge, each day, participants will complete an Ayurvedic practice (based on food and self-care) with Sahara Rose, and an Ayurveda informed yoga pose recommended by Kino.

    Each of the yoga poses in this challenge have been selected based on their ability to help balance the doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha). As a compliment to the challenge, we are going to breakdown which poses are good for balancing which doshas, and why.

    Today we’re talking about Vata imbalance and which yoga poses you should incorporate into your practice if you’re working to find balance.

    A Vata imbalance is typically associated with many of the following signs and symptoms:

    • Constipation
    • Excess bloating and gas
    • Poor mental focus
    • Anxiety or excessive nervousness
    • Cold hands and feet
    • Physical weakness
    • Dry Skin
    • Irregular appetite
    • Restlessness
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Hyperactivity
    • And more

    Does this sound like you? Participating in the October Challenge with Kino and Sahara Rose is a great place to start for finding your way back to a more balanced state. Plus, be sure to put more emphasis on the following Vata balancing yoga poses that Kino has recommended for the challenge:

    Tree Pose – Since vata imbalance is usually associated with scattered thoughts, poor ability to focus, excessive nervousness and anxiety, balancing postures like tree pose can help to bring more stillness to the mind. Tree pose requires a keen mental focus, so try incorporating this pose into your daily practice to see if it helps.

    Paschimottanasana – Forward folds are grounding, calming, and encourage introspection. This is why any forward fold is great for bringing balance to excess Vata. Try this pose in the evening before bed to ease hyperactivity and help you prepare for a more restful sleep.

    Utkatasana – Chair pose is very effective for creating a sense of grounding, which is great for relaxing a Vata mind. Plus, it activates the downward moving force in our bodies (Apana Vayu) which can help when it comes to alleviating constipation.

    Warrior II – This is another grounding pose that can really help with balancing excess Vata. This posture does however pose a challenge for those of us who may be experiencing a Vata imbalance. This is because it’s a little less interesting than some of the other postures on this list. Vatas get bored very easily, but if you try incorporating a little movement with this pose before settling into stillness, you may find more success. Try this simple movement before settling in to hold Warrior II for an extended period of time: from Warrior II, inhale to lift your arms and bring the palms to touch. At the same time lengthen your front leg. On the exhale, bend back into your front knee, and extend the arms back in opposite directions. Repeat for several rounds of breath.

    Ustrasana – The last pose on our list for balancing Vata is Ustrasana, aka camel pose. This pose is recommended because it asks us to still the mind and focus on grounding through the legs before adding in the backbend. That’s what’s really important for getting the full benefit out of this pose. From this place of grounding, move slowly and mindfully into the backbend, being extra careful not to overdo it.

    Remember, a dedicated yoga practice that’s informed by Ayurveda is only part of what we need to do to find balance. Incorporate these poses into your daily practice and be sure to try the recipes and self-care routines recommended by Sahara Rose. This is what will truly help you find optimum health and bring balance to your overall life.

    By Alex Wilson

    Alex Wilson is a writer, yoga teacher, Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, and the content manager here at OMstars.com

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