Last week I shared about the scalp cysts that I’ve been dealing with and the powerful impact of Ayurveda and Yoga on the cysts.
Another powerful impact of Ayurveda and Yoga was highlighted this week, as Adam Grossi was my BestYOU Featured Guest. Adam has written a new book about mental illness and the impact of Ayurveda and yoga.
Wind Through Quiet Tensions is a thoughtful and valuable book to read.
Adam shares his experiences with psychosis, hospitalization, personal healing and rejuvenation.
After going the route of powerful mood stabilizers and antipsychotic drugs for years that were prescribed by doctors to control his illness, Adam chose to regain some control through consistent yoga practice and Ayurveda lifestyle changes.
In Adam’s words, “This book is not an account of beating bipolar disorder, but a documentation of a different way of working with it.”
It has been more than 5 years since Adam took his last drug for his bipolar disorder. He shares that he has enjoyed soundness of mind and stability in his life during this time. He is now a yoga instructor, an artist and a writer.
That’s how I met Adam. He is one of my regular outstanding yoga instructors at Tejas Yoga. He is a great guy besides being an impactful and thought provoking yoga teacher.
In the case of my scalp cysts and the case of Adam’s bipolar disorder, it would be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause - genetics, stress, the environment and self abuse could all have contributed.
The self abuse I am referring to is the little everyday choices and habits that we make that are not good for our bodies and stack up to eventually lead to disease.
Ayurveda teaches that life is a constant flow of energy, information and awareness. It also teaches acceptance of self as an evolving being, rather than someone who is fixed. Making mistakes and accepting them, along with other shortcomings, as stepping stones along life’s path is a freeing concept.
As I get ready to leave for my year of living an Ayurvedic - Yogic lifestyle, I am stepping into tomorrow without regrets about anything in the past. I accept that there have been some negative effects from many of my habits, especially food and drink habits. I also accept that there was enjoyment from these habits.
This journey into Ayurveda and Yoga comes with an awareness that I am getting tired of the negative effects and am exploring another lifestyle with the intention of healing, rebuilding and strengthening my body, mind and spirit.
I hope that you will want to follow the journey. I am so excited for the adventure to begin and see What is Possible!
As I prepare for this journey, I am very grateful for the support of KP Khalsa, Sivananda Yoga Retreat and Banyan Botanicals.
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