THE BREATH PRAYER
We often receive questions from our clients about our services, exercise and/or nutrition. Here, we feature some of these question with the answers.
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What is one of your favorite meals during times of cleansing or detoxification?
Kitchari! Mung dal (the split ivory-colored insides of the mung beans) is the base ingredient for this popular Asian dish which is used in Ayurveda for its strength-building, balancing, and detoxifying effects on the body. However, you can also use sprouted mung beans. If you practice mise en place (i.e. preparing your ingredients and assembling the required kitchen utensils prior to cooking), you will find that making kitchari is a quick, culinary adventure. Here is a link to a recipe that you might wish to try:
What are you reading?
Right now, I am reading anything that will inspire me to stay focused on this current journey of introspection and self-care. Poems, quotations, excerpts from books... Overwhelmingly, I keep coming back to this - the importance of and our reliance on the breath to stay present in order to function efficiently and effectively from moment to moment. No matter who you are, where you are, how you are, or what you are doing - intentionally connecting to your breath, even for an instant, is a fool-proof way to center oneself and return to the present. To use our breath as a prayer is a spiritual practice that we can all engage in. I see variations of this 'Breath Prayer' show up in several of the fitness activities I engage in including yoga, tai chi, and qigong; I realize that control of the breath is necessary for other activities including high intensity interval training and dancing; and I recognize that the quality of the breath is also directly related to one's emotional and mental state. Indeed, as the Contemplative Monk (Bob Holmes) suggests in his article (What Everyone Should Know About Breath Prayer), engaging the intentional breath "is a simple way to drop our linear mind, to consciously enter into our spirit." So, remember to connect to your breath!
"Be healthy and change your world, one step at a time."