Ayurveda

An Ojas Building Shake

Authored By: 
Christina Vargas

Ojas is our "inner sap", our vitality, consciousness and immunity. It is the basis for physical and mental endurance, the internalized essence of digested food and thought.

Ojas is responsible for protecting the body from physical harm and provides emotional stability. It grounds us and supports our mental, physical and spiritual growth. It protects us against high levels of stress and provides mental stability and peace.

About the Author: 

Since 2005, Christina Vargas has been teaching yoga and sharing her passion and gift for helping others live a life of balance as an avid yogi and certified yoga instructor.

It was when she returned from teacher training in 2005 when she was introduced by a friend (now husband) to Ayurveda that her life was changed forever. Discovering this healing science that has been practiced in India for more than 5,000 years was the catalyst for SimpleVeda.

At SimpleVeda, Christina offers one-on-one consultations, yoga classes and personal chef services in which she takes a holistic approach to helping clients adjust their lifestyles to achieve balance, reduce stress, and lessen chronic and acute health conditions. She is excited to help clients assess the areas in their lives in which they seek balance most. Through instruction, education, and guidance, Christina offers clients personalized service that results in happier and healthier lives — physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

LYD has an ever-lasting gratitude to Christina and her amazing health and wellbeing services. Her loving services and nourishing dishes are truly a blessing during grief and trauma recovery.

Balancing Vata During Seasonal Change

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

This morning I watched Vata blow in, signaling the continuing change of seasons, and I was reminded by my dear friend Christina from SimpleVeda, that when we grab the fall hoodie it’s also time to check the summer routine at the door.

*Here are some helpful hints to keep Vata from sneaking out of the house!

About the Author: 

A scientist by nature, a business executive by design and a Teacher by tragic blessings, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from UTD with a focus on Environmental Science and Business Management.  I started my professional career as a medical assistant in Denton, then ran business operations for a hospice in Missouri, and finally moved back home to Dallas for a career in finance & sales operations in the software industry during the booming late '90s.

I began studying with Rod Stryker and was initiated into the tradition in October 2014. I continue my yoga education through the Himalayan International Institute for Yoga Science & Philosophy, and am continually fascinated by the power of what the Yogis have been doing for thousands of years.  I enjoy practicing ViniYoga, ParaYoga, and Yoga Nidra to support my personal development. 

I am a certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor, member of the Modern Widow's Club, and teach public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing off Sylvan/30. I lead various workshops, including the New Moon Women's Circle, Yoga Science & Philosophy classes, Ayurveda consults and group trainings.

Please contact me at kirsten [at] livingyogadallas [dot] com or my personal email Kirsten_J_Burch [at] yahoo [dot] com for questions or scheduling.

How to survive Texas summers – An Ayurveda 911

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

It's Texas, it's Summer and it's dang HOT! Ayurveda gives us the tips to surf through the end of the season with a healthy glisten rather than an angry sweat!

About the Author: 

Kirsten Joy received her Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor certification through Arpita Shah of Om Yoga Journey and continues her studies under their mentorship program. She teaches Hatha Yoga, Tantra, Meditation, Yoga Nidra / Guided Relaxation and helps people develop, sustain and transform their home practice through her knowledge and experience of the Vedic traditions.
She teaches public classes at SYNC Yoga & Wellbeing and hosts workshops for Yoga & Ayurveda Education.

Dosha Love – Kapha Style

Authored By: 
Kathryn Templeton

OMGoddess, I just met the most “Kapha-rific” man! What does that mean?

Well, let me share... I am in for some great snuggling, hand holding, and attention. We will go for dessert, enjoy time with his friends (because everyone will LOVE him in his friend group), and he might even suggest we make a project to clean out my disorganized car! The saying, “Netflix and Chill” was definitely coined by a kapha – I LOVE KAPHA.

About the Author: 

Kathryn Templeton, MA, RDT/MT, E500RYT, has devoted her life to the health of others. A psychotherapist for more than 25 years, Kathryn is a Master Teacher in the field of Drama Therapy and continues to work both clinically and as an educator specializing in the treatment of individuals with complex trauma. As an E-500 RYT, NAMA-registered Ayurvedic practitioner and Senior Para Yoga teacher, Kathryn has worked to develop specialized treatments integrating the principles of yoga and Ayurveda with clinical therapeutic techniques. Kathryn is a faculty member at the Himalayan Institute teaching the Dual Certificate 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training & Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist program. In addition, she teaches in their 500-hour RYT program along with directing her own 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher training programs around the country, The Deeper Practices YTT.

Anxiety of Loss - How Yoga & Ayurveda Helps

Authored By: 
Kathryn Templeton

Dear Ayurvedic Abbie,

I have been diagnosed with anxiety and I am taking medication prescribed by my medical doctor. I don’t like taking medications and I was wondering what ayurveda says about treating anxiety.

About the Author: 

Kathryn Templeton, MA, RDT/MT, E500RYT, Ayurvedic Practitioner, has devoted her life to the health of others. A psychotherapist for more than 30 years, Kathryn is a Master Teacher in the field of Drama Therapy and continues to work both clinically and as an educator specializing in the treatment of individuals with anxiety, depression and complex trauma.

As an E-500 RYT, NAMA-registered Ayurvedic practitioner and Senior Para Yoga teacher, Kathryn has worked to develop specialized treatments integrating the principles of yoga, ayurveda and clinical psychology. Kathryn is currently a faculty member at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA.

She is founder of the Himalayan Institute Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist program (HIAYS), Torchbearer Mentorship program, and their AHC Program. Kathryn just launched The Three Wisdom Traditions: Integrating yoga,psychology and Ayurveda forProfound Healing. She is an Adjunct Professor of Human Development and General Psychology in the Connecticut Community College system.

Kathryn is a contributing writer, and educator for Yoga International website, a Banyan Botanicals Ambassador, and a guest blogger on several healthcare websites. She holds memberships with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Yoga Alliance, the National Association of Drama Therapists and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

Find her LYD Member Profile here...

The Ayurveda of Millet - Breakfast for your Kapha

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

Millet is truly an underappreciated grain. It’s a small seeded grass, cultivated over 10,000 years ago and grown in developing countries. That's Old School food...

Millet is perfect for the Kapha in your family - light, clean and easy to digest - check it out.

Here are the top 10 reasons to love Millet:
1. Millet is gluten-free and non-allergenic. A great grain for gluten sensitive individuals.
2. Millet’s high protein content (15 percent), making a valuable addition to a vegetarian diet.

About the Author: 

Kirsten has her Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor certification and studies Ayurveda with Arpita Shah of Om Yoga Journey.  She teaches yoga and meditation publically at SYNC Yoga & Wellbeing and conducts workshops, private group classes and see clients for Yoga, Ayurveda and Wellbeing.

Reach her at kirsten [at] livingyogadallas [dot] com

Diet & Lifestyle to support our Monthly Cycle - Ayurveda for Women

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

The science of Ayurveda comes from ancient texts of India called The Vedas. Regarded as humanity’s oldest literature, they were written over 5,000 years ago and give insight into the purpose of life, how to be healthy and how to live in harmony in our surroundings. It’s not a religion, but rather the oldest philosophy on how we got here, where we’re going and why.  It provides the ‘Handbook for the Human Condition’ and is the original holistic medicine.

Here are some basics:

About the Author: 

Kirsten studies full time in the ParaYoga program and is a student of the Himalayan Masters.  She has received her Ayurveda Lifestyle Certification with Om Yoga Journey / Aripta Shah under the tradition and texts of Dr. Vasant Lad.

Sleep Apnea: Causes & Remedies – an Ayurveda 411

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

“Living Yoga” is a state of being calm and staying calm, of being kind and loving. It’s where you finally realize that virtuous intention results in virtuous karma. It’s when you align your thoughts, words and deeds to a higher purpose which allows you to fulfill your heart’s desires, while contributing positively to the universe.  It means aligning yourself with Nature, because when you do, you become more balanced, and have more time for practice and study. As a result of this yogic living, suffering becomes less of an option in your daily life.

About the Author: 

A scientist by nature, a business executive by design and a Teacher by tragic blessings, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from UTD with a focus on Environmental Science and Business Management.
I retired from the corporate whirlwind when my husband was finally diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.  Since his passing in 2014 I was initiated into the Himalayan Tradition and study full time with Rod Stryker (ParaYoga), Pandit Rajmani Tigunait (Tantra) and Arpita Shah (Ayurveda).

Unless otherwise cited, my sources include experience from personal practice as well as translations from the Charaka Samhita, articles and texts from Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. David Frawley and Dr. Robert Svoda.

I am a certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor, member of the Modern Widow's Club, and teach at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing off Sylvan/30.

My Public Yoga Schedule at SYNC Yoga & Wellbeing is:

  • Wednesdays - 5:30pm Flow Basics
  • Sundays - 9:00am - Flow and Release with Guided Meditation / Yoga Nidra

Ayurveda clients can schedule directly with me (kirsten [at] livingyogadallas [dot] com) or with SYNC Yoga & Wellbeing.
You can also order personalized, dosha specific tea samplers, abhyanga oils and churna (spice kits) as well as dinicharya starter kits by contacting my at kirsten [at] livingyogadallas [dot] com with your request.

Space - Ayurveda 101

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

Ayurveda is the original science of life, passed down from teacher to student for untold generations and eventually documented in Sanskrit in the Charaka Samhita. It contains over 8,400 verses (mantra), in the form of meter and rhyme, and was compiled around 400 BCE.  Like the other Vedic wisdom, these mantra are memorized as an ongoing tradition in self mastery and transformation.  In modern terms it can be viewed as the seed of organic chemistry, cellular biology and quantum physics.

About the Author: 

I was raised in healthcare and found my first career as a rural and famly / sport medicine nurse.  I graduated magna cum laude from UTD, studying environmental science and business management and transitioned into the software industry. After I retired from a career in finance and sales operations, I found my path in Yoga Therapy and began studying ParaYoga with Rod Stryker.

Initiated into the Himalayan Masters tradition in October 2014, I continue my yoga education with Yogarupa Rod Stryker and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait of the Himalyan Institute.
I earned my Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor certification with Om Yoga Journey through Arpita Shah, under the framework of Dr. Vasant Lad's teachings.
I provide private consultations and workshops. I'm also a member of the Modern Widow's Club, and teach public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing off Sylvan/30.

You can find my LYD Member Profile here...

Please contact me at kirsten [at] livingyogadallas [dot] com or my personal email Kirsten_J_Burch [at] yahoo [dot] com for questions or scheduling.

Travel Tips to Stay Well

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

I almost titled this article "Why are the airlines trying to kill us?”… but then I remembered, they just don't know better…

I'm not sure why this holiday season's travel hit me as hard as it did, I've been all over the globe by myself without a hitch.  Maybe it’s possible that my perspective has changed in the recent past...now that I've experienced what a healthy doshic balance feels like, travel induced Vata derrangement is like a bucket of ice water to the face!

About the Author: 

Kirsten is a student of the Himalayan Institute and ParaYoga.  She teaches public classes at SYNC Yoga & Wellbeing, and is a certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor.  

She graduated Magna cum Laude at the University of Texas Dallas with a focus on business management and environmental science.  She retired from the corporate world in 2012, where she worked as a director in the field of accounting, finance, sales operations, internal audit and process improvement.  She acquired Living Yoga Dallas in the fall of 2015 and finds joy in sharing the knowledge of yoga & ayurveda to the metroplex and encourages every yogi, teacher and practitioner to always keep growing.  

"Life is short, we have a wonderful opportunity to learn from some great Teachers and living Masters - there's always a chance to Level-Up!"  --Kirsten Joy Burch

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