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ĀYURVEDA x BEAUTY | Class Five : Circulation Channels / Waters of the Body

  • SKY TING YOGA 381 Broadway, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10013 (map)


Whatever you have read is only a name --
Chandogya Upanishad

The Sanskrit word saundaryalipsā describes the urge we all have to move towards what appears beautiful, hinting that what is beautiful captures our complete attention. In fact, manohara - one of the many words for beauty in Sanskrit - translates literally to ‘remover of mind’, meaning that in experiencing beauty, we become captivated, our focus moves in one direction. When we drop the thoughts and fluctuations of the mind, we release tensions giving ourselves the ability to relax and to be present to the sensations of the moment, making the experience of beauty simultaneously relaxing, delighting, enthralling, stimulating, and inspiring!

Naturally we don’t want to observe the phenomenon of beauty outside of us, we want to embody beauty ourselves - we want to be beautiful. The Āyurvedic tradition describes three pillars of beauty: rūpaṁ, guṇaṁ, and vayastyag. Rūpaṁ refers to outer beauty of the physical form managed through care of the skin (and hair) on the outside as well as the inside of our bodies (think - the skin of our digestive tracts and deeper tissues!). Guṇaṁ is inner beauty indicated by sincerity of heart, purity of thought, and honesty of action; it is beauty in the state of mind and feeling. When these two are maintained properly, during śarīrayātrā - the journey or pilgrimage of the body in this physical life - vayastyag, or the everlasting, timeless beauty of consciousness, becomes your primary reality.

As we take care of ourselves, our Self emerges, our presence becomes palpable. It is our presence that speaks the splendor and magnificence of absolute beauty louder than anything else.

Classes are 2 hours and begin promptly at 7PM
$40 drop-in or $225 for all six classes
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Rūpaṁ | Circulation Channels / Waters of the Body
Āyurveda is based on the philosophy that everything in the perceivable world is a combination of the elements earth, water, fire, air and ether. Though all of the elements unite to compose the body/mind, the water element alone contributes to upwards of 60% of the adult human body! Āyurveda teaches that the first product of digestion is rasa or lymphatic fluid. The lymphatic system is one of the most overlooked yet significant systems in the body. Its broad network travels throughout the body to remove waste from every cell while helping to regulate the immune system (your Identity!). If the lymph becomes congested as a result of stress, poor digestion, lack of exercise, toxicity, nutrition or sleep deficiencies the immune system will be unable to respond to the needs of the body in a timely fashion. In this class we will discuss:
*the qualities and structure of water
*Āyurvedic concept of waters of the body
*foods, herbs, lifestyle practice to decongest the lymphatic system
*inner/outer hydration
*Ayurvedic Lymphatic Massage technique for body and head (face)
*why sleep is so important to lymphatic/immune health and how to sleep well
*introduction to Āyurvedic ‘cleansing’