Take a Bit Out of The Ayurvedic Pie with Kamie
What is does it mean to have vibrant health, live life with meaning, and have a deep sense of peace, contentment, and purpose? Ayurveda means knowledge of life, and it originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It is the oldest continuously practiced health care system in the world, coming from an understanding of nature’s natural rhythms and laws and working with the imbalances that show up as signs of disease in the mind and body.
Today, we are applauded for being over-worked, stressed, and exhausted. We are taught that stress, anxiety, and chronic disease are a normal part of life and aging. However, this could not be further from the truth. Ayurveda teaches us that there is always a choice, providing us with effective and intuitive tools that can be used to evaluate the degree of disharmony, whether slight or severe, to determine its cause and give us the practices to reclaim optimal health.
Catching Zzzzz’s with Kamie
How well do you sleep? Do you have difficulty falling asleep? Do you wake up in the middle of the night? Do you stay up too late and get up too early?
We spend approximately one-third of our lives asleep. This leads to the essential question: why do we need sleep? What is clear is that quality sleep is a staple of optimal health. But even though we know this, many of us are not making time for quality sleep. Because of busy lifestyles, we do not truly receive the health benefits of sleep.
As we drift off to sleep, our bodies begin their night-shift work. This is the time when it detoxifies and clears itself of physical toxins and processes daily emotions.
Learn why sleep is the most important life change you can make for recovery, stress management, immunity, detoxification, weight loss, and more.
Tools to Manage Stress Matters with Kamie
Society places a badge of honor on those who are over-committed and upholding a busy life. With continual outside pressure, the adrenal glands have to work overtime to make enough stress hormones to sustain the habitual cycle.
Throughout a stressful day, our body struggles to balance the increased levels of adrenaline and cortisol in the bloodstream due to the activation of the sympathetic nervous system. Our body’s natural response is to increase the production of balancing hormones that have opposing energies (ie. estrogen, progesterone, testosterone). In turn, this puts a strain on our adrenal glands and hormonal systems. Eventually, our bodies can’t keep up with the demand.
At first, our endocrine system gives us signals that something is off but eventually more serious health concerns show up such as weakened immunity, digestive issues, anxiety, depression, hormonal imbalances, and more.
Join Kamie as she explains what the hormones in our body do and simple practices to activate the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest)to stop the sympathetic (stress response) from activating
Eat This! What is Digestion and what Causes Imbalance with Kamie
Along with digestion of food, unhealthy or irregular dietary habits, unmanaged and accumulated stress, unsupportive relationships, inactive lifestyles, and environmental toxins can challenge your body’s ability to digest food properly. A weak digestive system results in the accumulation of ama, or toxins, that cause imbalance, disease, and premature aging. Your digestion is a true reflection of your mental-emotional-physical state of balance or imbalance.
A few signs of a stressed digestive system and accumulation of toxins are fatigue and lack of motivation, mental fogginess and forgetfulness, recurring infections and illnesses and weight gain. Kamie will talk about digestion for optimal wellness and weight management according to Ayurveda, Agni (digestive fire) and Ama (toxin accumulation), and seasonal eating and why this is important.
Healthy Hormones with Kamie
Society places a badge of honor on those who are over-committed and upholding a busy life. With continual outside pressure, the adrenal glands have to work overtime to make enough stress hormones to sustain the perpetual cycle.
Our bodies struggle to balance the increased levels of adrenaline and cortisol in the bloodstream. In return, the body responds by increasing the production of balancing hormones with opposing energies (ie. estrogen, progesterone, testosterone).
This strains our adrenal glands and hormonal system. Eventually, our bodies simply can’t keep up with the demand. The endocrine system then gives signals that something is off.
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Building Immunity and Practices with Kamie
When our immune system is compromised, we need to ask ourselves why? And are we willing to change the course we are on and correct the underlying problems—whatever they may be? ~Kamie Slegers
According to Ayurveda, strong immunity is a product of good digestion, quality liver functioning, and appropriately balanced hormones.
We’ve all experienced our body crashing and our health deteriorate as we fall to the inconvenience of a cold, the flu, allergies , or COVID. Most of us would rather not get sick at all and given the choice, who would refuse a strong immune system? We all want to be healthy and would rather avoid illness and disease. So, how do we support our immunity?
Ayurveda teaches us that Ojas (vitality) and immunity are the natural outcomes of optimal health, which depends on strong digestive fire (agni), a healthy diet, a supportive lifestyle, and a balanced nervous system. With this knowledge, supporting our immune system is often more about basic self-care than anything else. Our bodies thrive with proper nutrition, and adequate sleep; they do even better when we commit to stress management, cultivate healthy relationships, embrace joy and purpose, and living in alignment with our own authentic self.
We will cover a few basics to give you a foundation for building your immunity. Routine, practices and movement, and herbs and vitamin supplementation.
Ayurveda Basics: What The Heck is Ayurveda? With Kamie
Ayurveda embraces each person as an individual. Every person is born with a blueprint (constitution) for optimal health and wellness. It is our lifestyles that either keep the balance or allow it to fall out of balance, creating illness and disease. Your personal constitution defines who you are. No two constitutions are exactly alike.
Svastha is the Ayurvedic (Sanskrit) term for health and literally translates as “established in the self”. Imbalances feed disease and illnesses, thus true health is not based on being physically disease free. Rather, it is based on the interaction of the body, mind, spirit, and senses, infused with a lifelong sense of self or purpose, balanced life, and a vibrant spiritual connection.
Ayurveda reaches far beyond the area of physical health, healing, and the prevention of disease, but can help each of us claim our authentic selves and align with our true nature. Through Ayurveda, we create awareness of body, mind, and spirit to develop our strengths, refine our needs, surface our challenges, redirect harmful tendencies, and offer genuine support wherever it is needed so that we can find balance in stressful times.
Move Your Body! with Kamie
Exercise has been an important part of the Ayurvedic routine for thousands of years but it is looked very different. Today exercise focuses on rigorous routines, with exhausting results. It has become a modern fad, not suitable for optimal wellness. According to Ayurveda, exercise gets rid of heaviness and stiffness of the body, because it burns digestive impurities and toxins (ama) this creates more flexibility, lightness, smoothness, and ease of life.
Digestion Series with Kamie
Digestive health is becoming a hot topic in the health and wellness world right now. Chances are, we all know someone who has some form of digestive distress. The way we eat and how we eat has transformed dramatically in the last decade. Moving away from whole foods grown in nature, prepared with care, and eaten mindfully without distraction has given way to processed, fad diets, fast foods cooked in a microwave and eaten in a rush or on the couch in front of a TV.
In Ayurveda, meal timing, food preparation, and consumption are as important as the specific foods we eat. This is particularly important as your digestion quality is the biggest key to your overall health.
- What Diet Means in Ayurveda?
- Daily Routine and Moderation
- Our Body and Digestion
- Digestive Issues and Ama
- The Power of Foods and The Six Tastes
- Helpful Hints to Get Started
Digestive fire, “Agni” a Sanskrit term, explains our body’s digestive process of breaking down the food we eat, assimilating what is beneficial, and eliminating the remainder. Ayurveda teaches us that weakened or impaired agni is at the root of imbalance and illness in our body. Agni regulates and organizes many physiological processes—including the digestion, absorption, and assimilation of foods and processing information that our senses take in and our experiences in our life. If our agni weak, our digestion limited, and we produce toxins, a byproduct that accumulates in our body. According to Ayurveda, this toxic residue “ama” is the root of all diseases.
Ayurveda recommends a variety of efficient and yet simple techniques to maintain a healthy digestive fire. Incorporating these practices into your daily life can stimulate agni, eliminate ama, and in turn not only improve digestion but create balance throughout your entire body, boost immunity and help you to function at an optimal level right through your lifespan.
- What is Agni?
- Stages of digestion
- Better Digestion with Food
- The Drains of Our Body: Our Lymph
- Helpful Hints to Get Started
Proper digestion plays a pivotal role in our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. In Ayurveda, when we mindfully strengthen and support our agni and digestive system, we form the foundation for good health and vitality right through our life. While what we eat is incredibly important, how we eat and our emotions around eating are equally, if not more so, important.
- Digestive Issues and Ama
- Stress, Digestion, and Food Sensitivities
- What next?