Through the Diet, Nutrition and Lifestyle coaching I received with Gina via Skype, I came to this epiphany: There is something I noticed today about my eating. No matter what my weight was, I used to praise or shame myself for my food choices. Now I eat what I want. If I am craving a treat, I have a treat and I don’t feel guilty about it. I just make sure the rest of my meals are on the lighter side etc. The other day we had a meeting, people were passing around miniature candies. I had 1 and then another and then another. 3 minis. They are those little bite size candies. I felt like that was enough and I stopped. Someone came up to me and offered me some more and I said,” No thank you, I’ve had enough.” I responded almost automatically. In my mind I said, ” I’ve had enough” and that was that. I remember talking to Gina months ago about my eating and saying that I often had the feeling that there would never be enough. What a change!! In the past I would have “deprived” myself and told myself I’m too big, that I shouldn’t eat those things, and then I’d end up eating 12 of them and then feeling guilty about it. I’ve really noticed that my internal dialogue has changed. I’ve let go of a lot of guilt and shame. This is huge and I feel so much “lighter” and very grateful. I know now that I just need to make a few little changes and the weight will come off.
I made the breakfast recipe the fast way. Didn’t do the crock pot last night so I decided try to do all the same things, just on the stove top. I added ghee then nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, coriander. Added rice to roast a bit, then water, apple, a drizzle maple syrup, and a few golden raisins. IT WAS DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!! I learned a few things… one, I don’t like cloves I never have and I only add them because I thought I should. My mom hates cloves too, so it’s genetic. Two, I’m glad I left the ginger out, apparently I don’t like that flavor combination. I liked that it was more solid. The rice wasn’t mush like it is in the crockpot. The rice was still rice and the apples were still chunks.Also, in the crockpot I seem to make it way too sweet. Because I really only made two portions on the stove top, I knew how much to add. In the crockpot it’s way too sweet I add too much maple syrup and too many raisins. So I could definitely use this as my “go to” recipe, switching it up with pears. I feel satisfied and like I did something good for my body.
-Sukh Aman Kaur
Yesterday we sent out a newsletter with some lifestyle tips and a HUGE discount for the Yoga Vacation in May 2013 hosted by @GinaCaccavalla . Don’t want miss out just because we don’t have your email. http://ow.ly/euKch
The following guest post is from Ashley Steinmetz, CEO and Chief Digital Marketing Strategist at Perfect Wave Marketing
A DASH OF MEDITATION
Knowledge is power. You hear phrases and quotes throughout your whole life but they rarely click or make an impression on you until you are ready to receive them. After meeting and working with Gina Caccavalla of AyurYogaSpa, the phrase, ‘knowledge is power,’ definitely made an impression on me. Up until then, I thought living a healthier more balanced life meant going to the gym more often. Don’t get me wrong, that does help and after a great workout I feel unstoppable. But now I couple my workouts with meditation. If someone would have told me that I would be meditating later on in my life I would probably have a smart ass comment about it and wonder when I turned into a hippie. Allow me to explain just how meditating has helped me. I am a female entrepreneur. I run a successful digital marketing agency helping clients in all industries catapult their businesses to rock star status through online campaigns. Everything I ever built business wise I did on my own with no financial help. I would kill myself every day working non stop so I could achieve business success. I didn’t realize that with a little meditation, I could work smarter, not harder and increase my bottom line exponentially.
INTRODUCING MEDITATION TO MY WORK SCHEDULE
Gina Caccavalla cleared up any of my preconceived notions about meditating and enlightened me on how it could actually help me professionally. And it has. By practicing clearing my mind, I come back to reality feeling stronger, refreshed and I make smarter business decisions. I toss aside thoughts that don’t take priority and are clouding my mind.
WHERE TO MEDITATE
You can meditate anywhere. And no, you don’t have to sit in the lotus position doing hand mudras (this is what I pictured before I began) but it does help. There are actually reasons for different hand mudras and breath work depending on what you are trying to achieve. You’re not a loser if you don’t meditate for hours. In fact you should feel a since of accomplishment for doing something nice for yourself just by trying to meditate a few minutes a day.
If you are business minded like myself, and you want a tool to expedite getting to the top of your game, you should try meditation. Try it with guidance because I would have never known what I was doing without Gina. Everyone has different goals in mind when introducing meditation, mine was to grow professionally without killing myself so that I could enjoy the benefits of business success in my personal life. Meditation helps me find balance between work and play. I am stronger mentally and I see things with such clarity now.
HOW TO START
Gina, my Ayurveda practitioner offers wellness consults and she can guide you to achieving balance in your life with meditation. She should be in every female entrepreneur’s Skype contact list…and yes, she can do this through Skype if you can’t meet in person. Also, I would recommend her to any company wanting to do a meditation workshop for its employees. Talk about having a more efficient team to increase sales.
But don’t just take it from me. Do some more research. Below is an article highlighting benefits of business and meditation.
14 EXECUTIVES THAT SWEAR BY MEDITATION Business Insider
OK. I'll admit it. I had some preconceived notions about yoga.
That is, until a friend talked me into trying it, and I reluctantly went to a class. I was pleasantly surprised by the experience. I’m not saying everyone should start doing yoga, but there are some common myths that could use some debunking.
A great post from a beginner to yoga~
Love Letter to Ayurveda
by Leigh Rowan, Executive Assistant at AyurYogaSpa
This morning, I woke up at the crack of dawn (not even…more like 4:15am!) to join Gina in her early morning routine. I have been a late night person all of my life, and I usually rise between 7 and 8am. So this was a BIG deal for me to be up before the sun. We attended a 6am Hot Yoga Vinyasa class at Balance Yoga, and I felt heavenly afterward, as I knew I would. But I also knew that I would crash at some point this afternoon from the lack of sleep. So, after learning from Gina for several years now about Ayurveda, I looked at my day and promised myself I would leave room for self care to ensure that I would make it through until bedtime.
As expected, I hit a massive wall around 2pm, and thought I was going to fall asleep, face first, onto my computer’s keyboard! Wow was I absolutely exhausted. With a little resistance from my hard-worker, over-achiever brain, I excused myself from my work for about twenty minutes to practice some Yoga Nidra (guided, deep relaxation). I have discovered a great app for it on my iPhone (the link for this app is at the end of this post) so I can practice anywhere, anytime…even in my car (parked of course!) It is said that fifteen minutes of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to a two hour nap, so what better time for it then when I desperately need a nap but have no time for one?
Twenty minutes later, I rose from my peaceful ‘slumber’, opened the curtains to let lots of light in (Ayurveda would call this Sight Therapy), and turned on some jammin’ Michael Franti music (Ayurveda would call this Sound Therapy). And Voila! I am impressively no longer tired and really do feel as if I took a two hour nap. And it only took me twenty minutes. This stuff is POWERFUL medicine, folks!
You see, 5 years ago, I would have felt that wave of tiredness hit me, and then I would have immediately been on a mission to hunt down some cups or cans of extreme caffeine. And then I would be wide awake (if just briefly) but also a jacked up, jittery mess. That is all I knew how to do, though. Now I am discovering different, even more potent tools to aid me in my daily life. Ayurveda (and Gina) are two of the most beautiful blessings I have ever received .<3
I will take the prescriptions of Ayurveda (fun music, yoga nidra, and sunshine, among thousands of others) ANY day over my old habits. The effectiveness of such seemingly simple techniques continues to amaze me….day after day
Want to continue the conversation about Ayurveda? Reply to me with your thoughts or questions in the comment section.
It’s funny, 20 years ago I lectured regularly on the health value of coconuts and women would get up and walk out on me…but yes…
In Ayurveda oils are highly regarded. A variety of high quality, expeller or cold pressed oils (non-hydrogenated) and the use of ghee are all therapies used internally and externally. However each persons case is very individual.
My only concern with media hype is that one size does not fit all.
It’s very important that the body is able to digest the oil in order for it to be properly assimilated and this is another discussion. For instance, an Ayurveda Assessment and Clinical Exam is a detailed account of your health history, past and present patterns, symptoms, current state of your mind and body, including your health/ life goals. Also considered is your time, commitment, budget and lifestyle. In every exam these measurements are taken into account for lengthy evaluation.
Ayurvedic Medicine is an extremely respectful and personalized holistic health care system. It also easily compliments any existing medical program or doctor prescribed diet.
The comprehensive exam is done to measure the level of toxic substance called Ama
The ability of digestion called Agni
The present state of the immune system, called Ojas
The vital and subtle life force energies connected to circulation, thought, emotions and breath, called Prana
We also monitor the “Pillars of Heath”: Digestion, Elimination, Sleep and Energy.
All of this happens before we diagnose, prescribe and treat. Prescribed treatment programs always begin with Healing Body Therapies multi-day and then seasonally for mind body cleansing and rejuvenation, (which will include oils and coconut oil if indicated).
The prescribed treatment program also always begins and continues with diet, nutrition, teas and custom designed herbal formulas like the rasayanas you are taking (which also include oils like ghee and/or coconut oil for internal use.
The treatment program also includes daily lifestyle support and various mind body specific Sense Therapies (which include oils) to restore complete balance and harmony which becomes obvious in the first 3-6months more or less depending on the condition.
Instead of a quick fix, Ayurveda is a journey of healing, learning and love. In the end you become confident, self-assured and self-empowered in managing your own health care with support of your chosen professional team.
Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. Here is a meditation I’d like to share with you perfect for the holidays if you are feeling stressed. Listen to my voice as I guide you through this meditation… http://wp.me/p1chvQ-5S
Let me, Gina, guide you with a loving and compassionate nature in a Yoga Teacher Training 10 week course starting January 4, 2012.
More details for event here http://yogahealthevents.com/
Class location: Sana Vida Wellness Spa & Tea Bar 507 Hwy 1431 Marble Falls, TX 78654
This includes beginners so grab your best friend and sign up for this life enriching experience. Come because you want to add to your current yoga practice or because you have always dreamed of teaching yoga! At the end of this course you will graduate and can immediately start giving yoga lessons. Work for yourself or a yoga studio.
This course is unlike any regular yoga training
You will not only learn yoga but the healing systems of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine.
- History of Yoga
- Yoga Philosophy
- Ayurveda & Chinese Medicine
- Anatomy of Yoga
- Chakras & Subtle Energies
- Meditation & Pranayama
- Teaching Techniques
- Working with Injuries
- Sequencing & Class Development
- Yoga MD
- Diet, Nutrition & Lifestyle
- Yoga for Stress, Weight & Pain Management
- Mind/Body Yoga Therapy
- Ethics & Assisting
- Marketing & Business
Class starts Wednesday, January 4 and runs until March 9, 2012
Alternating Saturdays 9-5pm
(Jan 7, Jan 21, Feb 4, Feb 18, & Mar 3)
Additionally, 2 hours per week will be via online conferencing. These times will be agreed upon after the start of the program. Class attendance is mandatory for Yoga Alliance registration. Classes missed will have to be made up, and could require an additional fee.
More details on our event site created for Yoga Teacher Training here www.YogaHealthEvents.com Here you may also secure your spot with a deposit.
‘Weekend of Yoga, Music, Meditation, Art, Community and Nature at one of Texas’ best-kept secret nature retreats ~ the Cave Without a Name. Tucked away in the hill country near Boerne, this living cave deep beneath the earth is filled with spectacular structures, an underground stream, and best of all, phenomenal natural acoustics. Om Vibrations Yoga & Music Experience will transform this underground space into a vessel for harmonic resonance & healing energy with gongs, group sacred chants, and live musical performances from The Nadis Warriors, Desert Dwellers DJ set with Rara Avis, and more. Above ground, a variety of yoga classes, informative/creative/playful workshops, walking meditation in the labyrinth, bodywork, energy healing, hiking, camping, and more.
‘Details and how to register by clicking - http://www.omvibrationsexperience.com/index.html
I will be teaching a workshop ‘Introduction to Ayurveda & You with Gina Caccavalla’ at this event and I hope to see you there. Click the workshop name above to read the details.
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Yoga and Ayurveda with Gina Caccavalla – Wed, July 27th. 7:00AM AyurYoga All Levels Friendly Asana Practice and 9:30 Ayurveda & Chakras The Study of Mind/Body Subtle Energy. To register call the Living Yoga Program at 512-266-7926
This was my response to a client’s journal entry, thought it a useful tip for everyone…it comes up a lot
Anxiety, Sadness, Depression, Mental and Emotional Highs and Lows, all feelings are in fact “linked” to your hormones. Hormones are linked and are strongly influenced by your daily mind/body, diet and lifestyle habits. Your daily habits, are your daily choices! “Choices are your “Nature Driven”or if you prefer, “God Given” Will of Power!” Assert your Power to Choose Wisely!
Hormone means “messenger”. Feelings or hormones are another of Nature’s and/or God’s Gifts. Our built in GPS, our own personal guidance system, to let us know when we our in “alignment”/balance….in harmony with nature or out of balance and out of harmony. It’s that simple!
Allow a brief time or if need be, a “pitty party” for yourself and the message and then study the mind/body qualities of anxiety, sad , depressed, just like a scientist, or a yogini, objectively, with detached curiosity!
In Ayurveda this is an example of vata and kapha by nature, expressing in excess: mental emotional fatigue, nervous and physical exhaustion, low ojas, low immunity, low energy, poor sleep, digestive disturbances, increased fluid, muddy, dull, slow, heavy qualities.
Test question: What is a list of the opposite qualities and daily actions you would take to restore balance?
This is your Natural Holistic Mind/Body Prescription, your “Meds”!
Inconsistencies in self-care , chronic overdoing, over indulgence in anything and self-punishment are just as self-destructive as long term side effects from overuse of some meds.
When anxiety, sadness and depression are related to grieving, any kind of loss or even sudden or drastic life change, it is always normal to have these feelings in addition to fear and missing our loved ones.
Practice gratitiude for anything , even something small or for someone. Remember to appreciate something or someone daily.
Create a daily moment of Gratitude, Love & Appreciation for you, your Mind, Body and Spirit.
Who would want to see you Happy?
What simple idea or image brings you Joy and Happiness?
In addition to a Dosha Balancing Diet, Therapies, Meditation and Lifestyle….
Try saying this 3 times out loud, then 3 whispers, then 3 silently:
” I Absolutely Deserve Abundant Health, Happiness and Prosperity in All Areas of My Body, Mind and Life!”
Imagine it! See It! Believe it!”
Love & Light,
I love this recipe! Today I show you how to make a Cold Cucumber and Avocado Energy Soup and tell you about balancing your mind and body using the ingredients. Remember, everyone is unique. That is why I give everyone an assessment when they come to me for a Wellness Consult. During your visits with me, I teach you what helps you specifically.
Enjoy this fun video and please share with me what you think of it, especially if you try making it yourself. Below are the ingredients you will need and to watch the video, simply click the picture.
Cold Cucumber and Avocado Energy Smoothie
- 2 Cups of Apple Juice (I use Knutsen)
- 1 Organic Apple
- 1/2 Avocado (you can use more if you are using this smoothie as a meal replacement)
- Handful of Iceberg Lettuce
- Handful of Wakame Seaweed (Yum! Packed with anti-oxidants your body will thank you!)
- Handful of Fresh Basil
- Handful of Fresh Spinach
- Handful of Fresh Arugula
- 1 Tablespoon of Fresh Lime Juice
- Handful of Organic Cucumber sliced
- Blend for 15 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
- I then add 1 teaspoon of balancing spices for Vata, Pitta or Kapha.
Click the picture below to watch me make this recipe.
Tomorrow I’ll be posting the video on how I made this refreshing ‘Cool Cucumber and Avocado Energy Soup’ on my blog. I hope you love it and learn something new. YUM! http://ow.ly/i/dY5Q
You will never guess the secret super food ingredient in this recipe that is rich iodine and reboots pancreas and spleen function to boost immune system strength. It’s quite delicious. Click the picture below to watch how I make this incredibly healthy yet delicious smoothie. During the video, I list the health benefits of each ingredient.
You’ll need the following for my Triple Berry Smoothie recipe (all ingredients I use are organic:
- 1 Cup of Cherry ‘POM’ Pomegranate Juice
- 1/2 Cup of Knudsen Yumberry or Black Cherry Juice (these are optional)
- 1/2 Cup Organic Frozen Strawberries
- 1/2 Cup Organic Frozen Peaches
- 1/4 Cup Organic Fresh Raspberries
- 1/4 Cup Organic Fresh Blueberries
- 1/4 Cup Organic Fresh Cherries (optional)
- 1/4 Cup Peeled and Sliced Fresh Cucumber
- 1/4 Cup Sliced Celery
- 1 Cup Chopped Organic Romaine Lettuce
- 1 Tablespoon of Beet Powder
- 1 Tablespoon of Hibiscus Powder
- 1 Tablespoon of Fresh Lime Juice
- Optional (add 1/2 sliced banana and 1/2 sliced avocado)
- ___secret ingredient_______
Add all ingredients into a blender. A juicer is nice but not necessary. Blend 30 seconds or more for desired smoothie consistency. Add more POM juice if you like a thinner smoothie and prefer drinking it out of a straw. Makes 2-3 Servings
You will need the following ingredients for this recipe (I use organic fruit and veggies in the video):
- 2 Peaches unpeeled
- 1 Banana
- 1/2 Cup of Frozen Mango and Pineapple
- 1/4 Cup Cucumber
- Handful of Iceberg Lettuce
- Handful of Romaine Lettuce
- Handful of Baby Carrots
- 2 Cups of Juice for base of smoothie (I use Odwalla brand)
- 1 Cup of water for base (use as needed to thin smoothie to your liking)
- 1 tsp of Dry Ginger
- 1 Celery Stalk
Makes 2-3 Servings
Add ingredients as seen in the video tutorial. Blend until desired consistency is reached. No expensive juicing machine necessary…check out my $16 Walmart blender!
Now that you have the ingredients, enjoy me putting them together by watching the video.
Mark your calendars for a weekend of balancing. I’m excited to share that I will be in upstate New York hosting two workshops Friday, June 24th and Saturday, June 25th. Come to one or both, everyone is welcome. Below are the workshop descriptions both with a link to sign up. Once you click the link you will be taken to a page where you can click ‘Workshops’ at the top right hand side. From there, follow the instructions to register and pay for your workshop(s). I hope to see you there and invite any questions you may have. Namaste, Gina
Fri, June 24 · 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Black Horse Yoga Studio 742 Gospel Hill Rd, Guilford, NY 13780 (607) 895-6321
All Levels Friendly Mind/Body Specific AyurYoga Short Practice followed
by interactive lecture w/ Q&A. Learn how to accurately and correctly
self– assess and naturally balance your own mind body constitution.
Ayurveda is Yoga’s big sister and the most complete and personalized system of holistic healthcare on the planet! Practiced for more than 5,000 years, Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word which means the “science or knowledge of life”. The teachings are designed with two purposes, one of balanced holistic health and longevity, second as a personal path of greater awareness in understanding the connection between mind, body and spirit. When healthy, the mind and body are naturally in harmony, responsive to self -healing and self love. Cost is $40 or $75 for both Friday and Saturday Workshops.
Sat, June 25 · 11:00am - 1:00pm
Black Horse Yoga Studio 742 Gospel Hill Rd, Guilford, NY 13780 (607) 895-6321
BRING YOUR HEALTH QUESTIONS, YOUR LIFE QUESTIONS…
This is the second workshop planned for this weekend.
Friendly AyurYoga Short Practice followed by Interactive lecture Q&A.
For a deeper understanding, bring your Mind/Body Assessment from the
Friday Session . Great for stress, weight, pain or disease management.
Bring any questions concerning health, life or Vata, Pitta or Kapha.
The above workshop is $40 per person. Come to both workshops this weekend and pay only $75.
For Workshop Students Only
Private Session w/ Gina
Wellness Consult Plus
Pulse & Tongue Analysis
$50 /50 min
*Available by Appointment Only Thursday, June 23rd & Friday, June 24th
Limited Time, First Come First Serve
WHAT IS AYURVEDA?
Ayurveda is Yoga’s big sister and the most complete and personalized system of holistic healthcare on the planet! Practiced for more than 5,000 years, Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word which means the “science or knowledge of life”. The teachings are designed with two purposes, one of balanced holistic health and longevity,second as a personal path of greater awareness in understanding the connection between mind, body and spirit. When healthy, the mind and body are naturally in harmony, responsive to self -healing and self love.
Do you like our new malas handmade w/semi precious gems and high quality sterling and gold silver plated? Custom order any length for males and females. Malas can be worn or strictly used for meditation. We can personalize one to fit your specific mind body constitution.Contact us at our website ‘Contact Us’ tab.They are not yet available but will be with enough interest!!! http://ow.ly/i/brFe
Stone House Vineyard Spicewood, Texas Sunday, May 1st 2011 9am-12pm Hosted by Gina Caccavalla of AyurYogaSpaThis is a wonderful way to spend your Sunday. Enjoy morning Yoga in this famous Texas winery nestled in the breathtaking Hill Country outside Austin. After I teach Yoga we will all enjoy a Champagne Brunch. This location is simply enchanting and I couldn’t think of a more peaceful place for this event. Never tried Yoga? Not a problem. This is a friendly and all level, no experience welcome event. You even get a discount for bringing a friend. Reserve your spot with your credit card by calling Stone House Vineyard. See you there, Gina.
When calling, refer to the
‘May 1st Yoga & Champagne Brunch’
Stone House Vineyard
24350 Haynie Flat Road
Spicewood, TX512-264-3630 For Directions to Stone House Vineyard, visit http://www.stonehousevineyard.com/html/contact.htm
It’s okay to mix water instead of ice in any of the drinks below. I’m not a huge fan of measuring so for these drinks add the ingredients and blend to taste.
- Iceberg & Green Lettuce, Cucumber, Orange, Apricot, Peach, Carrot, Ginger
- Celery, Spinach or other Leafy Greens, Apple or Pears, Carrot, Beet, Ginger
- Lettuce, Celery, Cucumber, Coconut Water, Mango, Pineapple, Ginger
- “Dilloade” Lemon, Lime, Agave Syrup, Water, Celery, Spinach, Cucumber, Parsley, Basil, Cilantro
Here’s another delicious smoothie recipe. Yum!
- For a creamy base use Almond, Soy or Organic Low Fat Milk or Organic Non-Fat Yogurt
- For a liquid base add Organic Fruit Sweetened Tropical Juice or Unsweetened Tropical Herbal Tea
- Add organic Fresh or Frozen Tropical Fruit Mix or Mangoes, Pineapple, Coconut, Banana
- This is optional – Add Sweeteners Organic Honey, Maple Syrup or Agave Syrup
*Measurements depend on desired consistency
** On active work-out days add ripe banana, Rainbow Light, Jay Robbs or Spirutine Brand Protein Powder Vanilla or other flavored Whey or Soy or Egg White or Rice Protein
Gina’s Spring /Summer Fruit Energy Smoothie
For a fast healthy breakfast try fruit smoothies or other natural low fat protein drinks. Keep your smoothie cool but not iced or frozen.
- Use Almond, Soy or Organic Low Fat Milk or Organic Non-Fat Yogurt for creamy base
- For Liquid Base use Organic Fruit Sweetened Berry, Apple Juice or Unsweetened Herbal Berry Tea
- Organic Fresh or Frozen Berries or Mix
- Optional Sweeteners Organic Honey, Maple Syrup or Agave Syrup
*Measurements depend on desired consistency
** On active work-out days add ripe banana, Rainbow Light, Jay Robbs or Spirutine Brand Protein Powder Vanilla or other flavored Whey or Soy or Egg White or Rice Protein
To make my Signature AyurYogaSpa Pitta Mind & Body Oil I infused the blend with Palo Santo Oil and the actual Palo Santo Wood.
- Brings clarity, calm and focus to the mind
- Purifies and strengthens the aura
- Relieves pain in the joints and muscles
- Protects you from colds and flu
- Relieves tension and headaches
- Relieves insomnia
- Rejuvenates the skin
- Encourages spiritual and devotional moods
10:00am– 12:00pm Intro to Ayurveda & Yoga and Lecture
All levels friendly AyurYoga Practice for the Tri-Doshas-Vata, Pitta and Kapha mind and body types. Yoga Class followed by interactive lecture w/ Q&A. Learn how to determine and balance your own mind body constitution, tips for diet, lifestyle and more. Bring any health or life question.
2:00pm-4:00pm Ayurveda & Your Chakras Lecture & Meditation
Bring your mind/body assessment from the morning deepen your knowledge and ability to easily interpret your subtle energy centers physically, psychologically and spiritually. Interactive lecture Q&A and life changing meditation.
$35 / 1Workshop
$60 /2 Workshops
Ayurveda is Yoga’s big sister and the most complete and personalized system of holistic healthcare on the planet! Practiced for more than 5,000 years, Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word which means the “science or knowledge of life”. The teachings are designed with two purposes, one of holistic health and second as a personal path of greater awareness in understanding the connection between mind, bodyand spirit. When healthy, the mind and body are naturally in harmony,responsive to self -healing and self love.
Special Offer For Workshop Participants Day of The Workshop Only
Private Sessions w/ Gina Wellness Consult Plus Pulse & Tongue Analysis$50 /50 min* Limited Time, First Come First Serve
Ayurveda encompasses Mind & Body Specific Healing Diets, Medicinal Teas, Herbalism, Balanced Lifestyle, Color Therapy, Gem Therapy, Sound Therapy, Aromatherapy Yoga, Meditation, Nature. Mind & Body Specific Spa Healing Treatments like Warm Oil massage, Herbal Exfoliation, Face & Head Therapies, Eyes and Ears Therapies, Hand & Foot Therapies, Herbalized Steam, Detoxification and Rejuvenation Programs.
The Popularity is growing world wide. Fore more Checkout AyurYogaSpa
Eat what you like but eat less and consciously
- Slow down and sit
- Take 5 slow breaths
- Small bites of food are best
- Small sips of water and avoid guzzling
- Chew slowly, chew well until soft and moist then swallow
Shop prior to trip and bring healthy snacks with you (see list below)
Fruit and Veggies
- Organic Carrot and Celery Sticks w/ Natural Yogurt Ranch Dip or
- Light Cream Cheese or Kefir Cream Cheese or Tofutti Cream Cheese or Chevre Goat Cheese
- Organic Apple Slices or Pear Slices w/ Raw Honey Drizzle or Maple Syrup or
- Agave Syrup or Brown Rice Syrup
- Organic Seasonal Fruit/Yogurt
- Mix Brown rice syrup sweetener with a little creamy almond butter, tastes like Caramel
- Organic Dried Fruit as recommended
- Cream Cheese or Almond Butter Stuffed Dates
- Carob Energy Bars
- Green Energy bars
- *For sensitive tummies fruit is best eaten alone
Nuts or Nut Butters /Small Amounts, Chew Well till Soft
- Blanched and Toasted/Roasted … Raw when recommended, blended or ground
- Eat consciously by the fistful- Super foods high in vitamins, minerals, protein, anti oxidants, healthy oils
Roasted Seeds-Small Amounts, Chew Well til Soft
- Toast/Roast in skillet (don’t burn)
- Eat consciously by the fistful- Super foods high in vitamins, minerals, protein, anti-oxidants, healthy oils
Transitional and Health Breads (sample and alternate)
- Orowheat Healthnut or other whole grain bread
- Any organic wholegrain bread
- Sprouted whole grain bread some found in frozen food section of HEB:
- Ezekiel bread…a variety including cinnamon raisin, best toasted
- Food for Life- English Muffins are yummy toasted
- Manna Bread – Thaw and eat moist and delicious comes in a variety of flavors
Crackers (No Hydrogenated Oils)
- Dr Kracker
- Kashi Brand
- Guiltless Gourmet or Other Brand-Baked Chips- Unsalted – Potato, Sweet Potato, Taro, Corn
- Organic Popcorn (Little or no Salt, Real Butter)
- *Avoid microwaving foods
- *Have these items alone small sips of water
The health benefits of lavender essential oil include its ability to:
- Remove nervous tension
- Relieve pain
- Disinfect scalp and skin
- Enhance blood circulation
- Treat respiratory problems
Lavender essential oil induces sleep and is often recommended for insomnia. It is also effective against insect bites and the oil is used to repel mosquitoes and moths. You will find many mosquito repellents containing lavender oil as one of the ingredients. Lavender has the Latin name Lavare, which means “to wash”, due to its aroma which fills a room spread with lavender oil with a clean aroma.
*Essential oils are specific to an individual’s mind/body constitution. To find out which is right for you, please contact me for a Wellness Consult.
Lemon-Scented Eucalyptus oil is a different eucalyptus from Ethiopia with clear sweet-lemony notes. It is ideal for treating confusion, withdrawal and poor focus, as well as for mental restlessness. This essential oil is used for various types of skin issues and improving circulation and breathing.
To find out which essential oils will help you best, consider scheduling a Wellness Consult with me here
Safety First, When Blending at Home
Like herbs, aromas need to be combined carefully for synergistic results. If used incorrectly, aromas can actually create imbalance and lead to irritation, and the like, remember a little goes a long way. Essential oils are potent, so exercise great care in blending and use. Never apply essential oils directly to the skin–instead, mix the recommended amounts in a base oil or in water. Test all oils for sensitivity, and consult your physician before using essential oils if you are pregnant or nursing or have a medical condition.
Blending – Essential oils can be added to massage oils, facial oils, bath water, shampoo, liquid cleansers, homemade facials, masks, water, spray misters and diffusers. Aromatherapy bath salts are a convenient, relaxing way of enjoying aromatherapy. They can also be blended for a specific dosha and worn in personal aroma lockets or diffused in your home.
This week I will blog about Lavender and Eucalyptus-Lemon Essential Oil benefits and how to use them. I only offer products I truly believe in so I will be featuring the essential oil brands I offer on my website here. Stay tuned for more essential oil posts and email me with questions here.
I can help you determine the right essential oils to use for your specific mind/body constitution during an affordable Wellness Consult.
Sweet Orange essential oil is a sweet-citrus fragrance, cold-pressed from organic orange rinds. It is a favorite oil with infants and children.
- And it Relieves Tension, Moodiness and Irritability
This oil is also helpful for dull or oily types of skin. And it will combine well with most other oils and makes for a good deodorant.
Most people come to yoga class to alleviate stress and increase relaxation. There are specific yoga routines for health and life concerns that I can show you in a yoga class but for now, I’ll show you in this video two great poses in under 5 minutes that relax and heal the body. Individual yoga poses like these can address mental, physical, emotional qualities in the body and are good for balancing all mind/body types.
Use what I share in this video to add to your Yoga routine. This short 8 minute tutorial will show you easy steps to maximizing your yoga workout. As I talk, I guide you through what to do for Levels 1, 2 and 3 yogis so it is a perfect fit for newbies or experts. Please enjoy, Gina
In addition to Yoga, Ayurveda offers “The 5 Sense Therapies”, which are all natural prescriptions for health and healing. Healing has many meanings and layers. Rather than treating symptoms, Ayurveda treats the energetic imbalances that cause these symptoms, thus inviting repair, reversal and prevention.
The 5 Sense Therapies
“The 5 Sense Therapies” promote health and healing through balance, harmony and unity of the mind and body with spirit and or nature, which is unique to Ayurveda as a holistic health care system. A lifestyle including sense therapies, restores balance between our physical environment, and our relationships to everything and everyone, including ourselves. When the mind and body experiences balance and harmony, there is vibrant health, true happiness and healing.
Taste, Touch, Sound Sight & Smell
Taste-Diet, Foods, Herbs, Teas, Rasayanas– Nutritives
Touch-Beauty, Bath, Bodywork, Bliss Therapy Treatments
Sight-Color or Chroma Therapy, Gem Therapy, Nature
Sound-Breath, Music, Mantra, Nature, Affirmations
Smell –Aroma Therapy, Oils, Incense, Candles, Nature
Ayurveda is Yoga’s big sister and a traditional system of natural medicine originating in India and greatly increasing in the U.S. today. It has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word, meaning “science or knowledge of life” or the “practice of longevity.” Yoga means “yoke” or “union of the mind and body with spirit. Respectfully, the definition of Spirit is a personal one. When healthy, the mind and body are naturally in harmony, responsive to true happiness, self -healing and self-love. Many have questions about Ayurveda and Yoga. I’d love to hear them. Leave a comment and I will respond. -Namaste, Gina
Many people are short on workout time. In this video I show you how to Maximize Your Yoga Workout and also talk about the importance of changing up your Yoga routine just like you would your style, hair, and diet seasonally to keep you motivated and inspired. I hope you enjoy watching!
I started this blog to share my knowledge and love for Ayurveda and Yoga. I hope you are enjoying what I have been posting. If you find yourself wanting to know more about how I can help you specifically, send me an email to learn more. Many people find a Wellness Consult with me is a great way to get started.
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If you are having a rough week stress wise or are not feeling well, this is a very healing and easy recipe for the body to digest. I just added it to the AyurYogaSpa YouTube Channel and titled it ’How to Make Kitchari, A Soup Balancing for all Mind/Body Types.’ You can watch it below or click here to go to my YouTube Channel and view all my videos.
This is a quick and delicious soup that can be made in just 10 minutes. This recipe is great for cleansing and rejuvenation. In the video I share many tips on the benefits of certain ingredients and spices for all body types. I also talk about dosha balancing, so if you know your doshas, you will really enjoy this! Below the video I have included the recipe. Hope you enjoy! Gina
GINA’S KITCHARI RECIPE used in the above video
1 tsp ghee
½ cup Red Lentils
¼ cup Organic White Basmati Rice
6-8 baby carrots
1 cup chopped celery
¼ cup diced onions and garlic
1 tsp grated ginger
1tsp Masala (vata/pitta/kapha balancing spices) Find this here
Fresh chopped cilantro
Fresh chopped basil
Handful of fresh baby spinach
½ cup of organic peas
Warm ghee and masala on low. Don’t burn. I then add in no particular order the rest of the ingredients except fresh spinach, cilantro and peas. After steaming for 10 minutes, take off heat, release steam (I show you how in the video) and then add the fresh spinach, cilantro and peas. Enjoy!
Love & Light,
This is a yummy hot breakfast cereal recipe that is balancing for all three doshas; vata, pitta and kapha. This recipe is used for stress, weight and pain management. It is cleansing and rejuvenating. This is also super easy to make. It tastes so good you’ll want to share it with your friends. I’ve posted the recipe beneath the video. Enjoy watching!
Easy Ayurveda Breakfast Recipe
1 TBSP Ghee
1 Cup Grain (I’m using Amaranth)
4 Cups Water
Pinch of the following:
A cinnamon stick (optional)
A handful of raisins
1 Organic Apple OR Pear, peeled, cored and sliced
1/8th Cup of Maple Syrup
I add these ingredients in the order listed into a crock pot set on low around 7 or 8pm at night. I leave the pot on low all night and awaken around 7am the next morning to a wonderful aroma of this healthy breakfast.
The next few posts will be Dosha influenced as I am leading up to posting a Dosha Quiz I created. Today, I’m talking about Pittas. Wondering if you are a Pitta?
Pittas mind/body constitution will be upset by:
When out of balance, they are susceptible to feeling such negative emotions as:
Do things that cool the mind, emotions, and body. Avoid conflicts. Cultivate the virtues of honesty, morality, kindness, generosity, and self-control.
It is very important for Pittas to keep calm and to lead a pure and moderate lifestyle. Learn to choose foods, behaviors, relationships that balance Pittas. If you need help determining your Dosha or just have questions about Pitta balancing, feel free to leave me a comment or send me an email by clicking here Contact
Rasayana means ‘that which makes new again or helps restore ones youthful state of physical and mental health as well as expand our state of happiness.’ I share the wonderful benefits of it and how I use it every day. I love this so much that I am carrying it on my online store here AyurYogaSpa. If you have any questions about what is best for you, I invite your comments here or on my website under the Contact Us tab.
Ayurveda as a healthcare system is one of the most personalized and customized systems in the world. In this video, I talk about what it takes for those ready for a Holistic Mind/Body Makeover and how it can help you live a happy, healthy and rewarding life.
There are are many options when it comes to managing and even preventing migraines using Yoga, Ayurveda, and Sense Therapies such as diet, herbs, aromatherapy and lifestyle. Although to safely and accurately prescribe a mind/nervine tonic would require I see you for a health assessment, exam and consult. For now, I can offer some free, safe, simple and very effective advice. First allow me to emphasize that this simple advice is only effective when you implement these recommendations gradually, regularly and consistently over time any where from a few weeks to a few months.
This is key when using natural methods. I have worked with several clients privately who had a chronic history of migraines. Their success was a result of regular consistent cumulative application of treatments and a “heapin helpin” of self-responsibility for their own health and healing journey.
In Ayurveda “the science or medicine of health and longevity” we seek to restore balance by managing the pillars of health. The pillars of health are digestion, elimination, sleep and energy, particularly sexual energy. Yoga is the sister mind/body fitness system to Ayurveda. Managing the pillars of health and managing them in relation to stress management for you is Most Important!
OK That said here is a generous amount of suggestions:
For Diet: Slow down, Plan Meals and Beverages Ahead
Try drinking warm Yogi Teas regularly. Any that are labeled Calming, Relaxation, Sleep or Meditation. Casual drink is 1 Cup and Medicinal dose is 2-3 Cups daily away from meals. Eat slowly in a relaxed environment..small, frequent, easy to digest meals when mildy hungry. Avoid skipping meals or waiting until starving. Eat meals made with natural foods like cooked whole grains, warm soups stews, and more cooked veggies. If time is an issue try Amy’s or Kashi Brand Frozen Foods. Reduce or avoid heavy, hot spicy, caffeine or processed food.
Healthy Elimination should occur 1 or more times a day. Take your time on the potty. Massage your tummy in a clockwise motion. Note if the bowel movement is formed or hard or soft.
Sleep - in bed by 10 and start winding down early. Soak feet in warm lavender water or massage your feet with Lavender Oil or my Lavender infused Pitta Bath & Body Oil. Practice evening reclined relaxation add some soothing music.
Energy in personal, professional or intimate relationships should be nourishing not chronically tiring, draining or stressful.
When stressed or having a migraine, reduce, avoid, eliminate excess sensory stimulation, light, sound, people, talking, computer TV, Cell Phone, Driving etc..GO Home…Place a cool wet lavender cloth over the center of your chest or rose infused cloth or your eyes or both. A few drops of peppermint oil in a base of almond oil or my pitta oil blend and massage into your temples and base of your skull neck area.
If you’d like to talk to me about a wellness consult, I can offer consults on the phone, in person and even on Skype. You can contact me directly by commenting here on my blog or visiting my website http://ayuryogaspa.com
Learning to be more relaxed and at peace are a couple of areas people come to me for help. Weight Management, Pain, Disease, Fatigue, Depression, Stress and Anxiety are a few other reasons people visit me. This is why I offer Wellness Consults in person, over the phone or through Skype online. Each person has a unique mind body constitution with specific needs. I will tell you how to achieve your goals through lifestyle and diet choices using Ayurveda’s appoach to living a more balanced life. Please enjoy my video below. If you have questions concerning what I can help you with, I can be contacted directly here http://www.ayuryogaspa.com/contact-us/ Namaste, Gina
If you want to aid in digestion after a full day of food, try chewing on or sipping tea made from some natural candied or fresh gingeroot pieces before during or after meal.
Other herbs and spices that can be added or used in combination are coriander, cumin and fennel.
In my latest audio podcasts, I have been sharing ways to keeping your light shiny, happy and strong. Sadhana is a practice meant to strengthen your spirit. Your spirit is whatever you define it to be. Self acceptance and self love is an important theme in this podcast and I teach you ways to achieve this including playing the “I Am Game.”