Today I want to share a project with a good cause! It is about women´s and children´s rights and is originated in India, the home country of Yoga and Ayurveda.
The team of
project KRISH believes in a social change, in education for every child and is
on the way to make the world a better place.
They get free education, meals and skill training
established a village in Nandgaon, named “Braj Gopika Vidhyamandal.” Here have
young, underprivileged girls the opportunity to get free education, meals and
also skill training to get more confident and get a chance to improve who they
are and what they want to be. In India it is still very common to send female
children to work or marry them early away. Also there is often no school around
which they could go to – especially in rural areas of the country.
Education should be accessible to every child
believes that education should be accessible to every child because it can be
such a big help to uplift families and communities to get out of a circle of
poverty. It creates more chances for everyone when children are educated!
also an elevating effect out of child labor, childhood marriage, prenatal
deaths, sexual harassment, abuse or exploitation – by proper education social
issues like that can be avoided.
Confidence, self-esteem and finding themselves
The possibility of skill training is helpful to develop women´s self-esteem and grow confidence. The girls have the possibility to train every Saturday with volunteers from an underprivileged background to find their talents and skills by making new experiences. They also build up a sense of pride within themselves and culture by trying martial arts, mehndi, cooking classes, drawing, handcrafting, singing, playing musical instruments and more. They also learn Yoga and the Orissa dance, drama playing.
I make a wish….
If I had a birthday wish for this year, I would wish that as many people as possible donate to this project and help all the girls who deserve education and a better life. I decided to provide regularly donation based Yoga classes to send there some money. I also want to grow my business so that I can provide more help to awesome projects like that!
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
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?
When I was younger I consumed the contraceptive pill for a long time and periods came easy to me. After refusing to take them any longer for 5 years or more, meant that my period started to hitting me sometimes really, really hard. At first I was a bit restless because we all have to function in our day to day lives to some point, so I decided to go the easy way and just took some painkillers. Painkillers let me function but they do not let me feel any better. They just take away the pain a while. As CBD in Germany is hard to get, I bought myself some drops in the States and have a new level of freedom now. But. There are also Ayurvedic remedies available to make your period gentle and take away the pain and the mood swings! I have here some free facts and tips, how to make your next period a gentle ride instead of a rollercoaster!
Good to know: In Ayurveda, the menstrual cycle has its very own Vata, Pitta and Kapha stage. If you can sense which phase affects you most, then you can find the best way to support yourself through your period. Shortly explained how the Ayurvedic menstrual cycle works:
The Vata phase lasts from day 1-5 (when your period hits in)
The Kapha phase lasts from the end of bleeding until ovulation (ca. days 4-14)
The Pitta phase lasts from ovulation until your period starts (days 14-18).
The following tips are a SOS-guide. The key is balancing everything out – that means start to follow a daily routine and balancing your Doshas. Just the right topic for another article! 🙂 Let´s head over to our remedies:
1.) Eat the right food with powerful ingredients
Craving sweets is for the most of us normal during our period. Combine the cravings for sweet food with healthy habits, awesome herbs and spices to make you feel better and help your body to release tension! Eat warm, easy digestive Foods that you like. There is always a healthier version of every meal! 😉
Facts: Ashwagandha, Maca, Fennel, and the herbs I am using there can take your pain away, balance your hormones and as adaptogens work – give you just the right amount of energy or stress-reducing-vibes – you will experience the difference AND had some awesome, mouth watering food! (Promise!)
2.) Easy Yoga practice to help your body, mind and soul
Going crazy with Vinyasa or Ashtanga feels great – but the week where you cycle, you should step back and honor your body with some sweet and nourishing flows. It helps to open your body up, reducing stress and balancing hormones as well, plus – it will boost your mood. Skip the inversions and flows, focus on reducing Vata dosha with deep and slow hip openers, heart openers and relaxing the neck and shoulders!
3.) Skip (besides of work) all your schedules for the first three days of your period!
Let us get real – just a hand full of people have the luxury to stay at home while the period hits in. Most of us need to do a living. But try to make your free time even more relaxing and nourishing. Take a long and warm bath. Give yourself an Ayurvedic Self Massage. Use a face mask. Listen to some relaxing music while reading. Sleep more when your body needs it! But skip the friends, shopping, visiting, whatever stuff and focus on yourself! It will make such a big difference!
4.) Discover herbal supplements and try some new!
Hot Cocoa with Ashwagandha, CBD chocolate or drops, adaptogens like Cordyceps – are all some herbs which are working awesome for me! There are also some more possibilities, just try some and find a way. But let the idea of painkillers go, as they affect for sure our organs! We should take them when it is really necessary and not once a month! I use actually a cocoa mix with Ashwagandha and drink it once a day with warm almond milk. When I am in pain, I use CBD drops – they don´t make you feel weird, dont panic! They will take away the cramps and headache by relaxing your muscles and nerves. To feel more fit, I use some Mushroom capsules with Cordyceps and Ginseng – they help me to stay focused and my head feels less “clouded and heavy.” A few companies, which having those products are for example: Pukka herbs, Dr. Kappl, Four Sigmatic.
Periods have their own stages of our Doshas and we can help in every state with different herbs and techniques to balance that Dosha out. Balanced Dosha means a gentle period! Eat warm and nourishing food, take your time off and slow down your work-out routine. Instead of taking pain Killers, try some new remedies.
Thank you so much for stopping by again and leave some love and thoughts in our comments below! Tune in next Sunday and meet the beautiful Christine Mc Cormack from Transformative Nourishment! Namaste!