gratitude…

As we get ready for the holiday of Thanksgiving, there is much in our lives for which we can give thanks. Family, friends, pets, sustenance, a job…whatever it is in your life that helps nourish you is something for which you can express gratitude. Soul Spark Yoga wishes you a wholesome Thanksgiving, filled with bliss and contentment. Express your gratitude, …

autumn and new beginnings…

As we enter into autumn and the weather slowly begins to change with cooler nights and cooler days, it’s time to dust off your mat and commit to your practice of Yoga. Soul Spark Yoga offers you that perfect place, with a second floor view of the trees, Mount Rainier, and on clear evenings the moon itself.  Many students find …

kapha dominant eating guidelines

So you know what dosha you are (if not, click here, scroll down and take the prakriti and vikriti questionnaires)!  Congratulations….now you are on your way to more specific dosha living. But before we begin, here are some general tips that are non-dosha specific and behaviorally oriented: never drink excessive water (rule of thumb: when you use the restroom, drink water after) …

pitta dominant eating guidelines

So you know what dosha you are (if not, click here, scroll down and take the prakriti and vikriti questionnaires)!  Congratulations….now you are on your way to more specific dosha living. But before we begin, here are some general tips that are non-dosha specific and behaviorally oriented: never drink excessive water (rule of thumb: when you use the restroom, drink water after) …

vata dominant eating guidelines

So you know what dosha you are (if not, click here, scroll down and take the prakriti and vikriti questionnaires)! Congratulations…. now you are on your way to more specific dosha living. But before we begin, here are some general tips that are non-dosha specific and behaviorally oriented: never drink excessive water (rule of thumb: when you use the restroom, drink …

releasing sparks…

Living in the Northwest, we have some unique challenges that face us each winter. Beyond the usual shorter days that North America experiences in the northern latitudes, we also are saddled with darker, cloudier days than most cities see. We typically lack the white snow that is reflective, and we seldom see crisp days that boast blue skies. How do …

an asana (pose) for you…seated forward bend

Many people ask me what their homework is after a Yoga class. My inside response: Awareness. In everything you do, awareness. Pay attention. Feel. Sense. I know they are asking me about Yoga asanas, or poses. So in every newsletter, I will give a pose, a delicate way to balance yourself, get to know yourself, become more acquainted with the …

eating the ayurvedic way

Suggested Foods for the Various Doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) If you find that you are mono-doshic (one dosha type), you will eat accordingly to this dosha strictly.  However, most people are bi-doshic, meaning that your dosha is comprised of two doshas of nearly or fairly equal amounts.  You will have to be sensitive, in this case, regarding how to eat …

just who are you….an ayurvedic perspective

Most people are not aware that Ayurveda is a sister science to Yoga. Ayurveda, combined with Yoga, provides a holistic system of health maintenance that has been proven over thousands of years. Where modern medicine fails, Ayurveda is surprising when combined with Yoga. The effects, and lack of side-effects, is a win-win for those who choose to explore the wisdom. …

gunas

In Sanskrit, a guna can best be defined as an operational tendency or principle.  In classical Indian philosophy, there are three major gunas which serve as the universal nature, or prakti.  They are sattva, rajas, and tamas. Without judgment regarding any of these gunas, the following translations have been applied: Sattva means order or purity. Rajas means dynamic, changing. Tamas …