Well, it was subtler than I expected, but the mindset shift has begun. I started to notice it about two weeks after the first Ayurvedic weekend, but it’s become more prevalent with the passing days.All of us sat there, soaking in the information, learning about the qualities of the Doshas, and the forces of nature that make up who we are. Vata. Pitta. Kapha. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said those words – not only to myself but to everyone around me – knowing that the people I interact with on a daily basis have no clue what they even mean.
It’s nice though. It opens up an opportunity to teach, at least to those who are curious enough to ask questions. So, I break out my binder and start rattling off the facts. I can see the looks on their faces: confusion mixed with interest but I cannot control my own excitement!The best part about it isn’t just talking about it. It’s the moment you start to observe the people around you, their movements, their language, and from that, confidently recognizing their most dominant Dosha. All the information you’ve been reading starts to come to life before your eyes.
Obviously, there’s more to it than language and movement, but I’m just beginning this journey. I was impressed with myself when I consciously recognized the ayurvedic aspects around me, so I can only imagine the growth I’ll see in the coming the months.
I tend to visit my local Starbucks to do work, but I always catch myself watching the movements of customers rather than focusing on the task at hand. While in my Yoga Teacher Training program, I learned about the physical body and the way it moves. I can’t help but now view life as this elegant, fluid dance.I watch people walk in, place their order, pick up their items, and leave. What’s funny is that, in my head, I feel like I can see them moving effortlessly through their days, linking breath to the movement, one smooth transition after another, and so on. I know it doesn’t look like that to most people, but to me, it does.
Everyone has the potential to move their body and view life in this beautiful way. All it takes is some self-love and self-care. I learned something new, something that adds to the beauty of people. We have this unique blueprint, something called our Prakruti, our genetic code according to biology. Hidden within this blueprint is the key to our individual health. Follow the blueprint, live according to that blueprint, and you’ll be living a healthy life.
As I learn more about the Doshas and how they serve as this unique language to understanding the individual prakruti, the more I see its manifestation within myself. It’s about more than living a healthy lifestyle. It’s about getting to know myself on this deeper, more intimate level. Once you connect with yourself, your center, and you get an understanding of who you are, you’ll start to see yourself in a different light. I know for me, things changed drastically, and I can see that it’s only the beginning.Before coming to Sadhana, I knew very little about yoga. I didn’t know anything about Ayurveda, not even how to pronounce the word! I also would’ve never thought that astrology played such a big part in the whole. But I keep finding myself traveling down this path that constantly surprises me.
I’ve always had this, “I’ll do what I want when I want” attitude. I’m impulsive, have a tendency to lose interest in things if it becomes overly complicated, and get headaches often. These all may sound like negative traits, but I now realize they’re not. It’s because I’m an Aries. This cardinal fire sign is who I am and it provides insight into my personality. Finally, all these pieces of who I am are coming together and forming this bigger picture.As an Aries, all of my energy resides in my head. Sometimes, pressure builds up, creating headaches and making it difficult to relax. It’s said that Arians must learn how to shift the energies from head to heart. As I’ve gone through training, meditation, and my own physical practice, I’ve learned how to tame the energies and guide them to heart’s center.
I learned the meaning of compassion for people and for myself. As a Cardinal fire sign, I exude creativity and finding a creative outlet has helped me find what I believe is my dharmic path. Learning to filter energy and creativity through the heart has helped me love myself so much more, and given me the opportunity to spread love and happiness through my teaching.
Aside from being my own personal lifesaver, Ayurveda and Yoga have made life a discovery for me. In high school, I remember having this feeling that my main purpose in life was to help people, but I didn’t know how 17-year-old me could impact lives.For years, I jumped from job to job as I went to school for photography and the culinary arts. And though those were my interests at the time, nothing could give me any sort of satisfaction or make me feel like I was making a difference.
What’s astonishing to me is that everything I’ve ever needed to succeed and live a happy and healthy life according to my dharma is inside of me. Instead of beating myself up over those so-called “negative” qualities, all I needed to do was learn to embrace and balance them out. These qualities are what make me whole, and going through these two programs has landed me right where I need to be.