Sharing Yoga & Ayurveda in Boston and Beyond.
Ayurveda Boston with Kate O'Donnell
It's Official! We are practicing Mysore style Ashtanga Yoga at Down Under Yoga's new location on the Boston/Brookline line, near Fenway Park.
Looking to book an Ayurvedic Consultation?
Please visit my calendar to find a time, and email me to book it.
And find more information about cost, special packages, and what happens at a consultation here. Consultations happen at Karma Yoga South End, 778 Tremont St.
Yoga for Winter
Time to squat. Keep the hips open and everything above will also benefit. Be dynamic. Bust a move. You really want to keep the joints lubricated, covered up, (yeah, legwarmers) and moblie this winter season. Picture a practice that warms you up with standing and balancing postures, joint rotations like the ones on the resource page, and leads into some gentle twisting and hip squishing. Enjoy a restful savasana with a blanket covering you, and cover the eyes. Working just to the point of sweating and then beginning to slow it down is an appropriate amount of activity, according to the Ayurvedic classics.
Practicing at home? 6 Bucks will get you an MP3 of my guided meditation so you can get your Ayurveda on.
Nuts are a good food for fall, giving us the fats we need to face the winter and stabilizing blood sugar. Roasted nuts, however, may contain fats that turned rancid in the processing. Raw, soaked nuts present more starchy than fatty and the body can break them down better. Almonds are the best:
Soak the raw nut in water at room temp for 6-8 hours. You might shake then in a tupperware with Sweet Spice Mix (see resource page). I carry a little container of a handful for dire straights, or to add to steamed veggies and grains. They must be eaten that day or next. Once you’ve tried them soaked, you won’t want to eat them raw anymore.
Check the Resources page for more recipes.
3 Holiday Diet Tips:
Keep the digestion working smoothly by observing these 3 practices:
1. Eat light for 24 hours before, and after, indulgence. No need to pile insult onto injury, right?
2. Avoid eating all the time. Have your indulgence and then dont eat anything for 4 or more hours. Grazing the holiday trays will get you into trouble.
3. Prepare for a heavy meal by eating a 1/4" slice of fresh ginger with lemon squeezed on and a pinch of salt. Wait 20 minutes before eating.
Winter Diet Tip
In the cold season, the body's warmth recedes from the extremities into the core. The core is where our digestive organs are, where we convert food to fuel and keep the furnace going. Because the furnace is roaring in there in winter, Agni (digestive fire) is strongest. This means we can digest heavier foods better, and this is what we need to be eating. Now is the time, in the dead of winter, to get on the oats or cracked wheat for breakfast, bake oatie cookies with ghee, have warm milk with cinnamon and nutmeg, and make rich creamy soups out of squashes, potatoes, yams, lentils, and split peas. Enjoy it while you can, because come March/April I'll be updating with all the light foods for spring to balance the heavy, dense qualities we are accumulating (with good reason) this winter.
This explains the lack of newsletters and new recipes lately. You wont see the book for another year or so, but it will be worth the wait.