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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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!

Explore the six tastes in Ayurveda

Nutrition is one of the fundamental principles in Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a preventive science and how can we be more preventive than with the food we consume daily? Every substance we can eat got specific qualities, these qualities have the ability to cause a reaction. So we can use every substance to a unique, individual person or animal and use so the healing qualities – Food is therapeutic in Ayurveda.

Another fact is, there is no dogma in Ayurveda, no “THAT DIET IS THE RIGHT DIET” – we see the human as a individual. What good is for you, can for another body type be really poisonous. For every therapy in Ayurveda, we switch the diet for the patient.

One basic about the understanding of Ayurveda is, that we use the opposite qualities of food – we balance the doshas with antagonistic qualities. The six tastes play here a big role. Let us dive now deeper into that concept!

There are 6 qualities of food according to Ayurveda, we start with RASA which is the taste. It is the taste we experience when we eat a specific food. It is exactly what our tongue perceives during the chewing. The 6 tastes of Ayurveda have effects on our organism and our Doshas.

I also was in my garden this morning – I found every plant to our six tastes! Just to show how easy the concept is, even when it is at first strange to us! 🙂

Sweet (Madhura)

Strawberries have the quality of sweet

The qualities of sweet taste are oily, cold, heavy, moisture. It is delicious and nurturing and highly addictive. It will raise Kapha and reduce Vata and Pitta. Make here the connection to the qualities! Vata is dry and light – sweet is moisture and heavy! Get it, right? The elements are earth and water.  

The effect of sweet food is that will make skin soft, will help to gain weight and muscles, give strength, nourish you. It can give you more energy and can help to clear your sense organs. It is also important for digestion.

Sweet foods are for example

  • Sweet fruits
  • Starchy vegetables
  • Grains
  • Wheat products
  • Sweeteners

Sour (Amla)

Rhubarb got the quality sour

The qualities of sour taste are moisture, hot, light and oily. It comes with the elements of earth and fire, which you can find also at Kapha and Pitta. It will raise Kapha and Pitta and calm Vata. The effect of sour food can improve your digestion, reduce flatulences (airy Vata people are now like – aaaaaaaahhh! 🙂 ), it is stabilizing the sense organs, increases saliva, gives you that hungry feeling, increases also sweat.

Sour foods are for example:

  • Grapefruit
  • Limes
  • Lemons
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Salty (Lavana)

Stinging Nettles got the quality salty

The qualities of salty taste are moisture, hot and heavy. The elements are water and fire. And so it will increase Kapha and Pitta and calm Vata. Salty food have the effect to make soft, get rid of stiffness and tenseness. It helps your digestion, and increases the secretions.

Salty is something many are craving for – the enhance of the flavour of food is the reason.

Salty foods are for example:

  • Salt in every form
  • Seaweed
  • Tamari and Soy Sauce
  • Miso
  • Celery

Pungent (Katu)

Sage got the quality pungent

The qualities of pungent taste are dry, heating, sharp. Don´t mess this one up with spicy. It is more a taste experience we have without even knowing it, but spicy food is also part of it. The elements are fire and air. It will reduce Kapha and increase Pitta and Vata. The heating qualities can be experienced as super nice by Vata peeps.

The effect is the amazing ability to strengthen your digestive fire, your Agni. It also helps to kill bacteria, parasites, fat, is opening your body channels, can reduce tissue, will increase saliva.

Pungent foods are for example:

  • Ginger
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Mustard
  • Radishes
  • Black Pepper

Bitter (Tikta)

Dandelions got the quality bitter

The qualities of bitter taste are dry, cold and light, comes along with the elements of air and aether. Kapha is the only Dosha who benefit from this one in small amounts and can even handle coffee. It is increasing Vata and Pitta. The effects are all about the vata dosha. Antibiotic, antiparasitic, liver cleansing and they are perfect to clean your body. It will make the muscle tissues firmly and is the all appetizer.

Bitter foods are for example:

  • Cacao
  • Coffee
  • Turmeric
  • Bitter herbs
  • Leafy greens
  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant

Astringent (Kasaya)

Lavender got the quality astringent

The qualities of astringent taste are dry, cold and heavy. The elements according to astringent are earth and aether. The effects are all about Vata! It can make your head clear and light (think about the aether qualities!), but it can also make stiff, your tongue dry (Vata again!). It can lower the blood pressure, is also anti-inflammatory. It Is with the cooling effects perfect for Pitta Dosha.

Astringent food are for example:

  • Turmeric
  • Green beans
  • Legumes
  • Pomegranates
  • Cranberries
  • Artichokes
  • Raw broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus

So, on the go for you:

  • To balance your Doshas you should try to eat all six tastes every day, every meal. But try to avoid the tastes in big amounts that will increase your Doshas.
  • The six tastes will help you to understand the nutritional qualities of food.
  • Each taste have mental, physical effects on your unique Dosha and body.
  • If you have a highly predominant Vata Dosha, try to eat less food with the taste of bitter, pungent and astringent and eat more with the taste of sweet, sour and salty.
  • If you have a highly predominant Pitta Dosha, eat more sweet, bitter and astringent tastes and avoid sour, salty and pungent.
  • If you are mainly Kapha try to eat mainly bitter, pungent and astringent and reduce the intake of sweet, sour and salty.

Try to take a walk outside today and find different plants! Some wild herbs and flowers got qualities you already know – what kind of taste do they have?

I am wishing everyone a beautiful Easter Weekend! Read you here tomorrow again – let’s start the week together with a Monday meditation! 😋❤️