Dinacharya: Ayurveda´s answer to loving and living joyfully
Would you like to reverse aging? Generate self-esteem, peace and happiness? Keep the aura bright with lustrous skin, and healthy tissues? Improve digestion, eyesight, hearing, muscle strength, flexibility, and brain function? Most importantly, during these turbulent times, strengthen the immune system?
Isvari, with her dynamic and compassionate style of teaching , will convey Ayurveda’s ancient holistic medicine with a daily routine for every body type. A daily routine is absolutely necessary to bring radical change in body, mind and consciousness. For the novice and for the leading aspirants of Ayurveda, there will be gems of information you won’t want to miss.
Isvari (Mary Ann) Johnson AP, CYI is a sincere and dedicated teacher/practitioner of Ayurveda and Classical Yoga. In 1997, she received the advanced certificate for teaching yoga from the Sivananda Yoga Retreat in Nassau, Bahamas. In 2004, she graduated from Dr Vasant Lad’s Ayurvedic Studies I and II at the Ayurvedic Institute Albuquerque, NM, finishing her studies with Dr Lad in Pune, India. For two decades, Isvari has traveled internationally, holding seminars with emphasis on body treatments, nutrition and yoga. She is a motivating teacher and life coach. Currently, she is the director of Ayurveda at the Sivananda Yoga Ranch in Woodbourne, NY, and is on faculty for Dr. Vasant Lad’s Institute of Ayurveda, Pune, India. (VIOA) You can contact her through email for an Ayurvedic Consultation firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her at the Sivananda Yoga Ranch in Woodbourne, NY where she also offers Ayurvedic Bliss Therapy. Bliss Therapy includes body message and shirodhara. Shirodhara means a steady continuous stream of warm oil poured over the forehead and scalp, making for deep relaxation and rejuvenation. She offers credited courses in Ayurvedic body treatments at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat , Nassau Bahamas.
We are living in such uncertain and unprecedented times. While I am questioning more and more about the shut-down and who and what was behind it, I have seen some definite positives, at least initially, from people slowing down, being with their families and pausing the fast pace of life we’ve all become so used to.
In the last five and a half years, as most of you know, I’ve been learning about and living a yogic life. Many of the main yogic principles are similar to the simple lessons of right living I learned at home, growing up in a traditional household. Yet, somehow as an adult, the world I am living in seems to have changed the basic meaning of the virtues I’d learned about - kindness, cleanliness, patience, compassion, honesty, tolerance. This is no judgement of others, as I found myself very much caught up in the fast paced, competitive, money driven, power seeking, highly judgmental, materialistic world. Taken to the extreme, these lauded characteristics said to lead to success, come at a price - our physical, emotional and spiritual health can be highly compromised, leading to weakened immune systems, disease and early death. We've all heard a lot about weakened immune systems lately.
While it was difficult to transition, the yogic lifestyle resonated so much with me, in part because the basic tenets were familiar and what I’d been taught as a young girl. Residing in an ashram in the Bahamas for most of the past five years, virtues were valued, taught and encouraged. Gratitude, patience, compassion, kindness, cleanliness, honesty, love - remembering them as we learned them as children. Gossip and idle talk were discouraged at the ashram. No TV and no news were actually freeing to the mind and spirit. When was the last time you had a tech free day?
I firmly believe that We Can Do Better as a human race.
I also believe that there is good in all of us, and an innate sense of right behavior in healthy humans.
Health and Virtues are of value to a civilized society.
As we are returning to activity once again, I wonder if the time we’ve had to reflect on what is important will spread out and change the world into a more caring, compassionate, healthier, and cleaner place to live?
Sending you love,