Don’t Follow the Trends, Find Out Who You Are.

Fab diets, a certain type of yoga, a different meditation, it changes every week. What is popular is based on what is trending, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that what is popular will be good for you or even work for you. We are all very different and what may work for one person may not work for another person. It is about finding what works for you, this can change based on what period of your life you are in and what your lifestyle is.

It is for this reason I love Ayurveda. Because it helps to find out who you are (your unique body/mind composition) and from that place find things that work for you! How awesome is that! No more guessing.

Because we are all different and because we have different imbalances based on how we are living we all need different techniques, modalities, diets and lifestyle changes. We are all different. What works for one person, probably won’t work for a different person. This applies not only to food, but to yoga and meditation.

For example nuts may be great for a Vata, which will help ground them and give them the oil they desire because they are so dry. For a Pitta nuts will make them break out, or have too much oil. For a Kapha nuts will slow their digestion down and cause congestion. Food can be medicine for some, and poison for others.

A certain type of yoga practice for instance may be very beneficial for one person, but then when they get their friend to try it, they may find their friend doesn’t have the same reaction. Perhaps they may even feel agitated or irritated. This applies to meditation as well. Perhaps a meditation was really working for you at some point in your life. You were able to relax and let go and felt at peace, but then life changes and things become very chaotic and you have a very hard time focusing with the mediation you are doing. After some time you give up the practice because you are not able to keep up with it because you have too much going on and your mind is way to active, in that case switching to another form that helps to calm the rajasic mind would be more necessary.

Oftentimes we think, I am meditating, I am doing yoga, I am eating lots of vegetables etc, I should feel better. However, what you may be doing may not be right for YOU exactly. Just because it is mainstream or popular or because it worked for your neighbour doesn’t mean it will work for you.

I think knowing this is it important, otherwise we can get caught up in guilt or shame. Thinking we aren’t doing it right, or hard enough. That there must be something wrong with us because even though we think we are doing it all right, we aren’t getting positive results.

What is healthy for a person is based on a person and where they are in their life. We have to honour our differences, embrace them and then we can thrive in body, mind and spirit!

I am currently offering a body, mind and soul package which includes an Ayurvedic consultation (to let you know what your dosha is and your imbalance as well as advice to bring your mind, mind back into balance through food, vitamins and herbs). I offer one shamanic coaching session where we find your power animal, the animal that is most like you soul. This animal serves as a helper for you in your life. 3rd, I design a meditation practice that suits your lifestyle and what you currently need to have more mental peace in your life. Regulary 300$, I am offering it for an amazing price of 180$. Email me at thalita.angelika@gmail.com if you are interested. 

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Tips to Not Hate Winter but to Actually Enjoy It

It’s getting colder…

The days are getting darker.

‘oh… noo…’ I know what your thinking.

Autumn is over and the winter equinox is upon us.

Winter doesn’t have to be all that bad, it can be beautiful. I know, it can be unbearable at times cause where I am it can be 6 months long but there are ways to make it not just bearable but wonderful!

Here are some health inspired tips to not only bear it but enjoy it! 🙂 * From experience!

  1. Drink GINGER tea every morning! I swear by this. I have been doing this for 4 months now and I feel great. It gives you an inspiring jump of energy and your circulation improves, no more cold hands and feet. Your digestion gets better and you feel warmer. How to do it? Chop up a two-inch piece of FRESH ginger and boil it in water, simmer once at boiling point (2 cups about) for 20 mins. Enjoy! (I make mine quite strong, try different amounts to get the perfect taste for you). Tip- it has to be fresh to get the benefits and not to imbalance any of the doshas, ayurvedically speaking.
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  2. Wake up to watch the sunrise. I know you’re probably thinking, ‘are you crazy, all I want to do is sleep’. ‘Well yes…’ But if you wake up just before the sun rises and then find a window in your house where you can see it rise and get those sun rays I bet your mood will improve, you will have more energy during the day and a brighter outlook. Vitamin D the natural way is always great. If you totally can’t see yourself doing this.. then please take Vitamin D.
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  3. Enjoy more warming foods/herbs in the winter like cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, black pepper, cloves etc. Have soups, stews and lean protein sources to give you the energy to stay warm. Avoid and stay clear of anything cold or raw during the winter, your digestion and circulation will thank you.
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  4. Get outside. I know its cold, but your body still needs to move and I truly believe exercise is one of the most important ways to stay healthy. Go skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, tobogganing, snowboarding or even biking! If you really can’t bear it then do yoga.. inside… or some kind of YMCA class.
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  5. Take care of yourself. Cold hands and feet – drink ginger tea, if still cold or you didn’t listen to me or you need immediate effect, put cayenne pepper powder in your socks (make sure no open cuts). Cover your neck and back and make sure to protect your core. Best to be warm and avoid drafts/cold on your hardworking organs. Keep the core warm always. It’s an eastern secret. 
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  6. Socialize, don’t hide away. I know most of us just want to stay as a hermit away from civilization during those cold days. But it is so important for your mental and emotional health to go out of your house and actually talk to a human, not just a computer. Like I mean not typing, like real one on one human interaction where you can actually touch a human being… which leads me to my next point!
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  7. Do as the Danish do, create ‘hygge’! What is that? Well, it’s creating a cosy atmosphere in your home. Lighting candles, playing soft music and making yourself comfortable. Better yet, create it and invite someone else to enjoy it with you 😉 If you catch my drift… (side note: that is another indoor activity you can do to exercise).
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  8. Take care of your immune system. If you do get sick or before you feel you are getting ill. Because prevention is key! Take vitamin C at 1000mg, follow directions on the bottle. For herbs-  elderberry is used traditionally to combat viruses and the flu. It works wonders. Ginger, as mentioned above, is also great for colds, add some lemon and honey to increase its effectiveness. If you want to learn more holistic flu remedies click here.
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Elderberry Juice – Makes a great syrup too! 

Well, that’s it for now.

I hope you enjoy these winter wonderland – fun land tips. Please comment below and let me know if they improve your winter and make you enjoy it any better?

Much love to you,

Thalita Angelika

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Ayurvedic Solutions for Beautiful Skin

As our bodies are unique and have individual characteristics, so does our skin. Our skin is affected by the type of Dosha we have and the combination of the elements within our bodies. I have listed the Doshas below and if you do not know your Dosha you can do an online quiz or read previous articles that I have explained the Doshas.

Vata- ( tends to tan easily, but is thin and so is prone to wrinkles and dry skin)
Outer- moisturize with oil.
Inner – beneficial to eat oils and butter
Secret- Learn to love routine and take time for rest and stillness.
Oils: Jojoba, sesame, rose hip, avocado.

Pitta- ( warm to the touch, is sensitive and tends to be irritated easily)
Outer- smooth and protect with oil
Inner- hydrate and cooling foods
Secret- cool out, relax, and be less competitive and aggressive
oils: Sunflower, coconut is very good, jojoba, Shea, meadow farm

Kapha- ( cool to the touch, soft and moist, tends to be dull)
Outer- gently stimulate
Inner- eat light and not late
Secret-keep moving in mind and body
oil: jojoba, apricot, grapeseed

Most of all remember to appreciate and love your body. It is a gift from Mother Earth to you. What you eat you shall become and so treat it with love and feel the love back:)

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Tibetan Ayurveda: The Medicine of the Buddha

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Consciousness and your constitution

Desire dissolves the ego. Desire is a product of the ego, it drives it. The ego is always desiring and so by turning it’s attention to god and through desire it is destroyed. To return to wholeness is true health. Without being in your true nature there is already a wound and you feel separate. We Indulge in things of the senses to feel wholeness again. Yoga is the spiritual side and teaches us to feel oneness and Ayurveda is the healing side.

Characteristics of the Doshas in people

Vata
– bubbly, creative, chatty, light hearted, talk fast.
Out of balance- anxious, nervous, impulsive, lack follow through. Good at being innovators, idea generators

Pitta- focused, directed, logical, speak clearly. Out of balance. Angry, critical, judgemental, prone to burnout. Good for leaders

Kapha– contemplative, calm, relaxed, move and talk slow. Out of balance stubborn and melancholy. Good for being supporters

State of consciousness will determine if you live your life in or out of balance.

Sattva is clarity, purity, selfless persuits
Rajas is action, distraction, selfish pursuits
Tamas is ignorance, inertia, harmful pursuits

Vatta, pitta, kapha, Rajas and tamas all cause diease only sattva doesn’t


Tibetan Ayurveda

bhaisajyguru (sanskrit) and sangye menla ( tibetan)

Invoke the medicine Buddha so that we awaken that which can heal us within: Tay yah tah Om bah Kahn beh Kahn dzen maha beh Kahn dzen rah dzah Sah mood gah Tay so hah
Power of the mantra is in the sound that the Sanskrit works through your mind. Accessing something within the self with the mantra.

Om mani pad me hum

Why do we suffer? The origins of all suffering and disease is ignorance, attachment and aggression.
There are spiritual poisons, they are veiled expression of our true potential. We can understand our potentials by purifying. When we understand our body we become a rainbow body and have unlimited mind with joy and spontaneity. We are able to do things that deftly normal laws of reality.

There are absolute dharma which is contemplations, prayers, visualizations, mantras and relative activities that support the spiritual practices.
Relative dharmas are astrology, geomancy, arts, linguistics, medicine.

Medicine is understanding we are not separate from nature. Understanding the five elements and how they help support us in the environment.
The awakening of the medicine Buddha was magnetizing and all the enlightened beings from other realms came as they were called, like brahma etc.
ayurveda got transmitted from the Buddhas family the shakya muni Buddha tribe and from Nepal emerged. Ayurveda came in from the mongols too and from you yonten gonpo

Four levels of Tibetan Ayurveda :
lifestyle – diet, exercise, hygiene, meditation.
Detoxification and rejuvenation is massage,hydro therapies, supplementation
Unavoidable interventions- surgery, acupuncture, moxabustion
Spiritual medicine – shamanic practices, when visited by entities can get rid of them. Most invasive

Any medicine that creates a side effect is not a medicine
Why did you get sick in the first place? There is always a story.
First sign of healing is asking for help.

Yoga , Its Not What You Think – Simple things to know to have a better experience

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Asanas/ yoga poses are not just physical, the most important aspect is what is happening energetically. Yet, as mainstream culture has now popularized yoga they have taken it on as an exercise that can slim you down and make you flexible; when this is only the side effects of the true practice. The goal is to unblock the flow of prana (energy) and to give stability for the body so that we can have a straight posture without any pain and can do pranyama ( breathing exercises) and meditation without loosing our steadiness.
While poses are one aspect, there are also different meditations in Hatha yoga which allow you to hold prana in different chakras, with the help of banda’s (locks) to control which way the prana goes to. This process leads one to meditation and then the ultimate goal of samadhi, which is union with the highest consciousness, divine consciousness. To have a true experience of yoga is it important to know how the Doshas and the Gunas are affected. These I will explain below.

DOSHAS:
Yoga helps us to balance the three doshas ( energy our body is made up of, an ayurvedic term I have talked about in earlier posts- pitta, vatta, kapha).
Our mental attitudes can balance or imbalance doshas. Thereby, how we do yoga can effect our doshas. Not only that, but it is reflection of how we treat our body and how we live our lives. If one changes postures too quickly then Vatta will be imbalanced. If you do it in a competitive way then you will cause a pitta imbalance. Kapha gets imbalanced when asanas are too easy without effort and too much relaxation. Therefore, the Practice must be balanced.
Flexibility is not important it is how long you can hold the pose without moving and are relaxed inside and can meditate in the pose. As well as how much the prana is liberated.
It is important to have a balance between effort and relaxation, one should NOT force a pose or try to overextend themselves. Yoga is not about pain, it is about accepting what you can do now and diving into the deepest parts of your inner world. It is about having an inner experience with your true self and recogizing what you really are ( pure spirit). Your body/mind should not control you by its numerous embedded habits, but instead you should be able to control your mind and body.

GUNAS:
As our mind is affected by the gunas, so is our practice. When tamas in the mind you find yourself lazy and resistant, Rajas when you are too hyper to calm down, and when there is sattva there is energy and one is able to do things properly

TRANSFORM:
To get out of the state of tamas it is good to start with more dynamic and energizing exercise so it will wake you up. Try sun salutations, Leg raises etc to get the blood moving and your energy flowing. Hold the postures longer to get out of Rajas (Rajas just wants to move). If you have had a good yoga practice you will feel peaceful because your mind is now in sattva (pure state).