Monday Motivation Interview with Erin from Uniquewellnesscodes – dive deep into your genetics!

I remember a time when I felt like I should giving up on Yoga teaching, Wellness and stick with my office 9 – 5 Job.

I felt there were already enough teachers, massage therapists and Ayurvedic health coaches.

Right now you maybe might be feeling the same and alone on your journey to make your money with what you really want to do and love, your Dharma!

I have been there too.

But there is enough space for all the health coaches, wellness fairies, massage therapists, Yoga teachers. We all can make it. And so I love to share here from time to time powerful and inspiring people which already live their Dharma, their purpose! There are so many different ways and possibilities!

I share those interviews with you so that you know: YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

If you ever feeling alone on this journey to become your own boss and finally do what you love and what is truly fullfilling you, come back to this blog and get your daily dose of empowerment!

Today I want to introduce you to a wonderful scientific skilled lady and friend of mine – her name is Erin, she is known as Uniquewellnesscodes on Instagram! What she exactly does, you can read here below! Have a great start into your new week and let´s raise the vibes out there, wellness warriors of light! 😉

  • Erin, „From Ayurveda With Love“ means compassion and finding our Dharma in life, so can you tell us what you are compassionate about?

I am compassionate about the struggles people have with finding optimal health and living their best life.

  • Tell us where do you come from, what you are doing and what your plans look like for the rest of 2019?

I am from Pittsburgh, PA and have lived in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and San Francisco.  I recently moved to Boulder, CO and expanding my online wellness business into some in-person work.  I am looking to teach Yoga and practice Reiki part time as well.

  • Where do you teach/work/heal actually?

 I work mainly online but can see people in person in the Boulder/Denver area as well.

  • What do you know about Ayurveda? Do you practice it also besides Yoga?

My Integrative Health Training provided education on Ayurveda, but it is not my strong suit. I know details about the Doshas. I practice tongue scraping, dry brushing, and try to reign in my Pitta-ness with cooling diet and exercise. I like to make kitchari in the winter for cleansing.

  • What are your thoughts on Ayurveda?

It is a great resource for health and healing and overlaps with other modalities I use.

  • Do you know your Dosha constitution?

Yes, I know that I am Pitta-Kapha!

  • How does your perfect morning routine looks like?

I like Reiki while still in bed, tongue scraping and brushing my teeth, go to the bathroom. Have lemon water and celery juice. Meditate and/or go for a walk and/or journal. Eat breakfast.

  • How do you integrate Ayurveda into your day to day life?

By tongue scraping and dry brushing.

  • Is there some Ayurvedic practice you would like to try but never had the chance?

I would love to try an Abhyanga massage!

  • Are you into Yoga or practicing it?

I love Yoga!  I practice Kundalini, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga and Buti Yoga. I am also certified to teach.

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

With a thriving wellness practice and teaching other practitoners how to incorporate genetics/nutrigenomics into their practice. Hosting wellness retreats with Yoga and Reiki.

  • What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

Being impatient and overly direct.  (I’m an Aries and Pitta!!!!)  I am so aware of these innate qualities and have really learned to trust the timing of life and soften my demeanor and words.

  • How did you found the path you are on right now? Was there a key moment?

Everything I have done has led me to this moment.  I started as a genetic counselor in 2005 after getting a Bachelors in Biochemistry and a Masters degree in genetics.  I worked with patients for 10+ years and 3 at a genetics lab creating content and leading the clinical oncology product line. Through my own health struggles, I learned and was in the functional medicine system and became very interested in holistic healing through food and lifestyle

  • How important is meditation to you?

I meditate daily.  It helps to keep stress at bay, gives me a lot of clairty and gets my mind quiet.  I do mostly guided meditations and quiet meditations in nature.  I love binaural beats and sound baths at night.

  • What is your philosophy and spiritual path?

I believe that everyone is truly unique when it comes to what works best for them health wise and in life.  Modalities I think everyone can benefit from are mediation, inner child and shadow work, and journaling. I also resonate with Astrology, Human Design, energy healing, and Psych-K.

  • What have you done into the last year to improve yourself?

I’ve done a lot of inner work and emotional work.  I used to be a workaholic, perfectionist and total relationship avoidant.  Through the help of a fanstastic life and human design coach and online reparenting course, I have cleared a lot of blocks and I am much more emotionally stable and not reactive.

  • Who has been your greatest influence?

There’s really not one person I can think of. I have been fortunate enough to have mentors and expanders in different areas of my life.

  • What is your greatest strength?

Taking very complex medical information and making it digestive, relatable and actionable.

  • How do you handle stress and pressure?

I rarely get stessed anymore.  When I get stressed or overwhelmed, I recognize the feeling and use some of my skills to work through it.  That could be breath work, going for a walk, asking for help, or just doing one thing at a time.  Daily mediation and Yoga practice helps.  Getting into water or nature is a huge stress reliever for me. I also support myself with lots of fruits and veggies, B- Vitamins, Magnesium and Ashwagandha/Holy Basil/Reishi when needed.

  • What are your favorite self-care practices and rituals?

Yoga, Kundalini, Mediation, New and Full moon rituals, Reiki, salt baths, saging, being in nature, enjoying good food with friends, and quality timewith myself and to rest when needed.

  • Are you into Wellness?

Yes!  I believe wellness is so much more than diet and exercise.  It has so much to do with your well being, mental health, relationships and what is going on inside the body at a biochemical level.

  • What are your thoughts about the Zero Waste movement and do you also try to reduce your waste?

Yes!  Living in Boulder makes it easy to compost, recycle and really think about packaging and any plastic use!

I’ve also been trending towards a more minimalist lifestyle when it comes to clothes and material possessions.

  • Where do you find your ideas for your creative content? Is there also a “outer” life besides posting and blogging, like painting?

Luckily I have turned my hobbies into a career. My creativity comes in stillness, from writing.  I also love to photograph colorful food and nature scenery. I have a love for personal fashion and asthetic as well.

  • Where can we find you on Social Media and in the World Wide Web?

@uniquewellnesscodes on instagram.  www.uniquewellnesscodes.com

  • Do you have got a favorite quote you would like to share with us?

“If everyone likes you, you are doing something wrong.” 

This made me realize I am not for everyone, but the more authentic and aligned I am, the best people for me come into my life.

Give her a like and some love on Insta! ❤️

Thank you so much for your time Erin! I hope to host a retreat with you in future and to meet you in person!

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Let´s talk about (conscious) Sex!

Erotic is all about energy! How is the principle of erotic and sex working from an Ayurvedic perspective? We will find out today!

Vitality, energy and charisma are qualities we call in Ayurveda “Ojas.” Ojas is our vitality; it is the most etheric metabolism product our organism is able to produce. It is no material we can grab, but it is also not intelligence in it´s purest form. It is what makes us vital, alive. It is the connection between body, mind and soul and the purest form of life energy.

And now ask yourself what makes a human attractive.

Isn´t it the vitality, energy and charisma we find hot?

Ojas as a product of our metabolism is deeply connected to our nutrition

But all that “feeds” us is food. Nice food, a hug, a compliment, or beautiful music, a sunrise we watch on a beach. Whatever we feed to our five senses – our metabolism will process that.

Agni is the principle that breaks down what we eat – the rice, the asparagus, the berries. When our Agni is working well, it will turn the food into subtle qualities. Food and what we feed our senses. In fact: when we eat the right food and our metabolism can work as it´s best, we will have all the Ojas!

Creativity, vitality, optimism and radiance are what people will see when they look at us and find attractive about us.

How is this attraction been created?

Our food will break down in seven Dhatus which are our bodily tissues:

Rasa (Plasma)

Rakta (Blood)

Mamsa (Muscles)

Meda (Fat)

Ashti (Bones)

Majja (Nervous system)

Shukra (Reproductive Tissue)

Shukra is the most subtle form of tissues we have in our body which can create Ojas itself. Let´s say you are high in Shukra – translated that means your libido is high, as well.

When you are a man, you will lose Shukra during the sexual act and ejaculation. The old Ayurvedic texts recommended drinking milk after sex, so that you can build up Shukra ASAP. Today the milk quality is poor so that we don´t recommend that. 😉

The Ayurvedic medicine will teach us that it is important to be sensitive with our Shukra, because it means vitality and influences our whole energy level. The idea of Tantra is to practice sex so conscious, that you don´t lose your Shukra during it.

Does that now mean you are not allowed to have lots of sex or even – no sex?!

It means that you should try to have a conscious way of sex and it depends also onto your Dosha!

Vata constitution is about a low libido, Pitta is about passionate libido, Kapha is high in libido. Kapha Dosha stands for strength, robustness and endurance. When it comes to the amount of sex, the ayurvedic texts recommend also noting age, the seasons and the climate. When it is hot in summer we shouldn´t have as much sex as in the winter season, where we build Shukra throughout vigorous food.

The principle of Brahmacharya, which many Yoga peeps should be familiar with, teaches us to avoid sex. But in Ayurveda it is one of 13 natural needs we have as humans. The avoiding of those needs or the excessive practice of them, are bringing our Doshas to imbalance. Which also means – it could lead to illness!

Finding your own “truth”

It should be our goal to find a balanced life and that can also be very unique. Ayurveda describes this philosophy with two words – Satmya (compatible) and Asatmya (intolerance). Satmya means translated through the old texts “My Truth.” Not everything is good for all people in the same amount!

We try to find out what is the best for us and our organism is going to tell us what is good and bad for us. All the disciplines like Yoga and Ayurveda are helping us towards this step.

Increasing your sexual attraction and libido

Is it even possible through Ayurveda to increase attraction and libido? Sure. The key is to have a conscious relationship with your vitality. Breaking the topic down, from an Ayurvedic perspective, that means:

  • Every kind of energy that you consume, like liquid, food, air, light, experiences can be transformed by Agni in Shukra (the magical life force) and Ojas (the bodily tissues) in the best possible way.
  • Take care of your Agni, eat for your Dosha constitution, eat nutritious, light and not too heavy food, don´t eat late in the day.
  • Everything that you feed your body with, should be “sattva” – the cleaner your food, your experiences, your music, your thoughts, the more Ojas your Agni can produce!
  • The more “tamas” you will consume, the more unhealthy stuff, less Ojas your Agni will rock!
  • Your attraction is your energetic radiance, the vitality and joy you send out there. When you are balanced, you can be truly yourself! And that´s also the secret to a fulfilled sexuality!

Ayurveda is the way about balancing our life in the best possible way, and as you can see it is not as complicated as some old texts may seem to in the first moment. Isn´t a more conscious way of sexuality a beautiful theory, to practice and integrate in our society? All is about performance and bringing the best results nowadays – what when we make a change here?

What are your thoughts on Ayurveda and Yoga and Sex? Let us know in the comments!

Read you hopefully next week and wishing you the best possible day! Namaste!

Monday Motivation Meditation

Find here my first video of a guided meditation! This meditation is for beginners and will help you to start reflected and inspired into your new week!

Grab a pillow or folded blanket, or a block and sit down with me for a few cycles of breath and setting an intention!

Cultivating a practice like this can help you to focus more on the important things in life and find joy and peace. Find better sleep, wake up more energized, concentrated and relaxed!

I had fun doing this and will do some more for sure! Exploring the possibilities of techniques and technology was fun! If you like my blog, I would love a subscription – visit us soon again and have a beautiful week ahead!

Namaste!

Interview with Angela Glaz – Founder Of Eka Yoga, Seattle – Win an Online Consultation with her!

We are super excited and honored to Feature This week Angela Glaz on “From Ayurveda With Love!” Angela is a radiant and joyful Yogateacher, Ayurvedic Counselor and The Founder and studio Owner from “Eka Yoga” in Seattle, WA. How to win the Online Consultation you will find at the end of this interview!

Angela got such a bright smile that brightens up every grey and cloudy day in Seattle! Meet her on her way, let her inspire you and learn more about EKA Yoga in Seattle, the way of an Ayurvedic counselor and why a daily routine is so helpful!

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  •  From Ayurveda With Love means compassion and finding our Dharma in life, so can you tell us what you are compassionate about?

My Dharma is to help people understand, love, and appreciate what makes them unique, through Yoga and Ayurveda, so that they can live their best life.

  •   Tell us where do you come from, what you are doing and what your plans look like for 2019?

I am originally from the Midwestern region of the US, but have been living in Seattle (the West Coast) for about the last 10 years. This year, I’m refining my business, meaning I’m setting myself up to spend more time doing new and exciting things, relaxing, and hanging out with my family. Fall of 2019, I am planning on heading to France, which has been a childhood dream.

  •      Where do you teach/work/heal actually?

I own a yoga studio (Seattle) and an online platform, Eka Yoga, that is dedicated to reconnecting Yoga and Ayurveda through education and inspiration.

  •     What do you know about Ayurveda? Do you practice it already?

I know quite a bit! I have been studying Ayurveda for nearly 10 years and it is a huge part of my everyday life and practices.

  •     What are your thoughts about Ayurveda?

I love it! Through the ancient wisdom of both Ayurveda and Yoga, I healed my own body and mind. I am continually amazed how it is able to transform lives.

  •     Do you know which Dosha you are?

I am Vata dominant, with a big dose of Kapha.

  •     How does your perfect morning routine looks like?

I love my morning routine! I normally leave my house around 5:45 am every morning to teach, so I do get up quite early to get everything in, but it’s well worth it.

– Wake up

– Tongue Scrape

– Drink warm water with lemon

– Oil pull

– Bathe while oil pulling

– Spit out oil and then brush teeth.

– Meditate or journal for 10-15 minutes. There are days where this is only 2-3 minutes, but I make sure it always happens. J

  •     How do you integrate Ayurveda into your day to day life?

Both my morning routine and evening routine are heavily focused around Ayurvedic daily habits. As of right now, in the evening, I only practice dry brushing and Abhyanga about once a week, but I do massage my feet with oil every night to promote a good night of sleep.

As for food, I enjoy cooking, so I normally make most of my meals fresh. Being Vata dominant, my belly does way better with cooked vegetables that are heavily spiced.

I also, of course, practice yoga daily. Sometimes I go to a class; sometimes my practice is just my dog and me in the living room.

  •  Is there some Ayurvedic practice you would like to try but never had the chance?

Yes… I have not yet done a full and proper Panchakarma session. I would love to go away to a serene location and be fully guided through the practice  

  • Are you into Yoga or practicing it?

Yes and yes. I have been practicing for about 15 years and teaching for a little over 10 years.

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

Living a joyful and abundant life with my husband and kids (no kids yet), somewhere a bit more sunny than Seattle. I see myself running my business online so that I am able to help more people feel like the best version of them!    

  • What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

I always feel the need to justify what I am doing to ensure people know that everything I do has been thought out and with good intentions. I have a fear of being judged and not liked, which has, many times, put me in my own way. It’s silly some of the things we think, believe, tell ourselves.

Anyway… I am aware of it and I have asked my husband to call me out  whenever I do it to break the habit. Often, I don’t even realize I am doing it. Eeek!

  • How did you find the path you are on right now? Was there a key moment?

I fell into it.  It started with gym yoga, which I absolutely hated the first time I did it, as I am not athletic or coordinated and it forced me to be alone with my thoughts. Quick back-story: I was diagnosed with depression around the age of 7 and had a challenging upbringing, by the time I hit college and took this yoga class; I was a pretty angry and bitter human being.  The only reason I went back was because I bought a pass and I was determined to get my money’s worth.  After a couple months of yoga, I noticed that my insomnia was lessening and my lower back didn’t hurt as much, so I kept going.  Long story short, I met a yoga professor who introduced me to more of the spiritual side of yoga, and it blew my mind! Shortly after, I decided to head to India to further my studies. In India, I was introduced to Ayurveda, which was probably my key moment. There, I realized how much Yoga and Ayurveda were changing me physically, mentally, and emotionally, and thought, “If I can do this, anyone can.”

  • How important is meditation to you?

Meditation wasn’t always a part of my practice because I felt like I couldn’t do it. However, after opening my own business I realized I could, I had to, and I could do it anywhere. Meditation is what keeps me grounded and helps me flow with ease and grace through each day.

  •  What is your philosophy and spiritual path?

Be kind to your self, others, and the planet. If you can do that, we all win!

  • What have you done into the last year to improve yourself?

I started doing talk therapy. Between running a business, managing staff, all of my yoga students, and Ayurvedic clients, I realized that I take in a LOT of input, feelings, and emotions each day with no real outlet.  I see a therapist monthly to literally just talk it out. This allows me to release all that I absorbed over the month, resolve any internal conflicts I’m battling with and also be more present with my clients and students.

  •    Who has been your greatest influence?

I’m Vata, I can’t just choose one! Most recently, I’ve been reading everything Deepak Chopra, and feeling very inspired and connected to his message.

  •  What is your greatest strength?

I’m inviting.  I like making people feel safe and welcome, whether it’s in their own body, a physical space, or on social media.

  •   How do you handle stress and pressure?

The usual… Yoga, meditation, and most importantly, breathing. Breath work is amazing because you can do it anywhere and at any time. When I know that I have a busy or stressful period of time coming up, I will also take Ashwagandha daily to help combat that fight or flight response.

  • What are your favorite self-care practices and rituals?

I love daily walks with my pup, nightly oil foot massages, and a weekly face mask/reading session.

  • Are you into Wellness?

Yes!

  • What are your thoughts about the Zero Waste movement and do you also try to reduce your waste?

I am definitely on board with the Zero Waste Movement and I do try to reduce my waste. I’m lucky to live in a city that has banned plastic bags and is huge on composting, so it makes it pretty easy to get started.

  •  Where do you find your ideas for your creative content? Is there also an “outer” life besides posting and blogging, like painting?

It has to be the Vata in me because I never run out of ideas. I’m not sure where it actually comes from. Sometimes I get an idea by someone I saw walking down the street. (“Is laughing.”) The hardest part for me is sitting down long enough to make them into something real and tangible.

I really love the opportunity to create anything in any way shape or form. I do draw or doodle as another form of mindfulness and meditation.

  • Where can we find you on Social Media and in the World Wide Web?

www.ekayogaandayurveda.com

@ayurvedicangela

@eka_yoga_ayurveda

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ekayoga/

  •  Do you have a favorite quote you would like to share with us?

“Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.” – Swedish Proverb

Wasn´t that inspiring and uplifting?

If you ever have the chance to show up at EKA yoga in Seattle, do it and say hi to Angela! I will definitely stop by there next week when I am in Seattle. But let´s get real now! Win an online Consultation with her to find out more about your Dosha!

How can you participate?

  1. Follow Angela on Instagram:
    @ayurvedicangela and
    @eka_yoga_ayurveda
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  3. Post a picture of your favorite Ayurvedic Practice, Meal, Yogapose and tell us why you want to win an Ayurvedic Consultation!
  4. The Winner will be called out on the 7th of April here and on Instagram!
  5. We love to see you there! Have a beautiful start into the new week!