Self Administration of Nasya Oil

Nasya oil has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of diseases of the head and neck.  Though it can be curative, the strength of this remedy lies in its protective / preventative properties which work in the nasal passageways, stopping pathogens and allergens before they enter the respiratory tract and cause inflammation.

For acute conditions or high allergy days, use this oil every 2-3 hours.  For prevention and general maintenance of the nasal passageways and mucous membranes, use once every day, preferably in the am, after bathing.

Indications for nasya oil:

  • Allergies
  • Frequent colds
  • Headaches
  • TMJ
  • Teeth / jaw grinding
  • Epilepsy
  • Parkinson’s
  • Bell’s palsy

Our favorite nasya oil:

For more of Katelynn’s at home Ayurvedic allergy remedies, click here.

Screen Shot 2017-04-01 at 12.52.30 PMAbout the author: Katelynn Ingersoll, BSN, RN is a practitioner of Ayurveda, yoga studio owner, and non-profit founder.  You can find her at her spot in center city Philadelphia where she teaches workshops, sees clients, and practices yoga.  For questions, or to schedule a consultation contact her at 610.462.1352 or email halfmoonayurveda@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Whatever you do, do not seasonal cleanse

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Cleansing is NOT about starvation or deprivation, which can cause anxiety and distress.

With so much hype out there about seasonal cleansing and detoxification, the concept behind all the gimmicks can get lost.  The notion of seasonal cleansing fits in well with our “enjoy now, be healthy on Monday” culture.  Sometimes Monday never comes, and sometimes our body lets us know loud and clear that Monday has arrived and it is time to start new healthy habits.  Generally, the latter will happen as we enter the change of seasons. Let us find out why and take a moment to explore seasonal cleansing on a deep level.  First and foremost, we MUST understand that we are NOT separate from our environmental climate.  This not only includes the climate outside, but also the climate of our interpersonal relationships, our work, and our home life.  During the change of season, we experience a drastic change in our physical environment.  In Ayurveda we have a special name for the juncture of one season to the next and that is rtu sandhi.  Rtu sandhi is a joint where two seasons come together. In one season, we experience excessive heat, humidity, and sun, and in the next we experience excessive dry and cold.   It is after one season’s extremes and before the next season’s extremes when we experience low immunity and our physical habitual tendencies will “flare up,” like rashes, urticaria, allergies, congestion.  Usually, our bodies are never given the seasonal cleaning they need in order to recover from one season, and strengthen and prepare for the next.  It’s easy to see why we want to do seasonal cleansing during this time so we can adapt to the changing climate.

Ayurveda  recomends that we pause and reflect during
Rtu-Sandhi, the juncture of two seasons

What about the climate of our work, social life, and interpersonal relationships? How do the ever changing life circumstances affect the physical body?  Remember….we are NOT separate from our environment on any level.  We are constantly bombarded

Consider your personal relationships and what effect they have on your well being.

Consider your personal relationships and what effect they have on your well being.

with excessive demands, emotions (good and bad), time constraints, commitments, and decisions and often times we move through our days, weeks, months, and years as if we are unaffected by these things. We never give our energetic (mental, emotional, and spiritual) bodies the necessary nurturing to recover from life’s experiences and strengthen and prepare for the next one. Are you with me?

What we are trying to share here is that every day we experience seasonal changes! Maybe at home with our loved ones, it’s as if we are having a picnic on a spring day but once we interact with our temperamental boss at work, it’s as if now we are in the extreme heat of the summer.  Think of all the physical, emotional and mental stress and experiences we have in one single day and how they might affect us energetically.  Then imagine waking up and doing the same thing over and over again without taking time to rest and mentally cleanse.  Imagine your mind as the mirror over your bathroom sink. Each splash of water is a life experience.  Eventually, you need to clean the mirror or else you will no longer be able to see yourself.  Now imagine you keep your mirror clean daily.

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Thanks to Ayurveda and yoga, every day can bring cleansing and new experiences.

The more you work to clean your mirror, the stronger you are and the more easily you move through all the experiences that life hands you. Sure you are still going to have splashes of water daily which will appear temporarily, but you will clean it again in the morning so you can see yourself clearly everyday.  Your new clarity of self perception can allow you to explore your vast possibilities and accept your limitations.

The good news is that we have a toolbelt full of powerful tools thanks to Ayurveda and yoga.  If we access our tools daily, then we should be able to handle all the seasonal changes and stresses life throws our way.  Things like our daily yoga practice and our daily Ayurvedic routines like oil pulling, abyhanga, and eating fresh prepared, vegetarian, simple foods will strengthen our immune systems and build up our tolerance to stress.  With repetition over time, these daily practices make us bulletproof.  We can then see that there might not be a need for a formal cleansing.

STILL…a good tuneup is good every now and then, and our tried and true seasonal cleanse program promises to be personalized with as much or as little “austerity” as you prefer, gentle, and effective.  We’ve been leading group and solo cleanses every season for over five years.  If you ARE interested in seasonal Ayurvedic cleansing, please email me at katelynn@bikramphilly.com.

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Upcoming Ayurvedic Workshops With Special Guest Presenter!

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Balancing Your Hot Yoga Practice

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We don’t need to enumerate the benefits of a hot yoga practice at a hot yoga studio! But you might be surprised to learn that without finding ways to balance this fiery, detoxifying practice, hot yoga practitioners can end up depleted and overheated physically, mentally, and emotionally. Come learn how to maximize Bikram yoga’s ability to detoxify while keeping your liver, the body’s major organ of detoxification, happy. With a few Ayurvedic tricks, you can stay cool, calm, and balanced no matter how high the thermostat gets.


Daily Detox

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It seems like everyone is on a cleanse these days, but do we even know what exactly we are cleansing? And how do we know the cleanse we have chosen is safe and effective? Ayurveda has been in the “business” of eliminating toxins for over 5,000 years, and as a living tradition, Ayurveda is sublimely equipped to help us reduce our modern toxic loads. Come learn about the toxins that bombard us daily (from the air we breathe, the food we eat, the news we read, to the cell phones we carry in our pockets) and simple ways that we can detoxify our bodies, minds, hearts, and lives without undertaking elaborate, expensive, and sometimes dangerous cleanses.


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About The Presenter

Suzanne Lang was born with the desire to be a healer. She aced the pre-medical program at Dartmouth College, but finding the Western approach to medicine troubling, Suzanne abandoned her dream of becoming a physician and became a professor. After years of searching, she found her healing home in Ayurveda, the world’s oldest system of healthcare. Suzanne is a certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant through the American Institute of Vedic Studies. She is trained in pulse diagnosis and marma therapy through her guru, Vaidya Mishra, with whom she continues to study as an advanced practitioner. Suzanne is also a 200 hour certified vinyasa yoga teacher with additional yin yoga training. To schedule a consultation with Suzanne, e-mail her at zannelangayurveda@gmail.com.

 

Shirodhara Treatment

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Shirodhara is a an extremely relaxing Ayurvedic treatment where the recipient lies on their back and a continuous stream of warm oil is poured over the forehead so that it flows over the third eye chakra area.  Although the oil is applied externally, in the Ayurvedic classification of treatments, shirodhara is considered an internal cleansing treatment used to “ripen” deep seated toxins.  Transdermal medicinal delivery in the form of external oleation has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.  In order to understand the science behind transdermal medicine, we must view the skin as the largest organ of digestion in the human body. Application of medicated oils to the skin; specifically the head, as in shirodhara can bring profound healing benefits.

The field of action of shirodhara is vast. The oil first reaches the superficial level, then penetrates through the subcutaneous tissue to reach the nerve endings, the pathway of majja dhatu.  Majja dhatu is the space filling tissue composed of the nervous system and spinal cord whose main function is to provide communication between all the bodily tissues and systems.  Learning, memory, creativity, and sensation are all functions of majja dhatu.  Shirodhara brings relaxation to and restores balance in the majja dhatu.  The front brain is also the seat tarpaka kapha and sadhaka pitta, the functional and memory storing mechanisms of the brain.  Excess mental activity and stress can cause stagnation, or even excessive flow in these areas. Shirodhara dissolves stagnation and restores a balance in the clarity of perception and memory.

Shirodhara treatments are often referred to as “bliss therapies” in spa settings.  While one should approach any Ayurvedic treatments offered in a spa setting without the care and expertise of an Ayurvedic practitioner with caution, let us examine this trend in the mode of knowledge.  Shirodhara promotes ojas in the brain.  Ojas is a sanskrit word that can be translated as “vigor,” and is also known as the vital fluid of life. Ojas is the juice of one’s life energy which, when sufficient, provides immunity and vitality and when deficient, results in weakness, fatigue and ultimately disease and death. Shirodhara also stimulates healthy production and stimulation of serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine, the “feel good” neurotransmitters in the brain. The combination of the regulation of these neurotransmitters along with the promotion of ojas leads to a feeling of deep relaxation and bliss.

Because the oil or fluid of a shirodhara is applied to the third eye area, which is associated with the pineal gland, this treatment can restore balance to the entire endocrine system and offer relief of many hormonal imbalances.

A shirodhara treatment lasts about 15-30 minutes.  The oil or liquid used in a shirodhara treatment depends on any concerns or imbalances of the recipient.  It is important to consult with a practitioner of Ayurveda before receiving a shirodhara treatment.  At Half Moon Ayurveda, we offer traditional shirodhara treatments in a relaxed and healing environment.  Contact us to schedule yours today.