ĀYURVEDA x BEAUTY
Whatever you have read is only a name --
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
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Rūpaṁ | Special Care of Mouth, Throat, Nose, Ears, Eyes, Hands/Nails, Feet, Skin
This body is Mother Nature’s most precious gift to you; soon you will return it back to her. In the time being, it is your duty to keep it alive (not just living!), bustling with energy and clear communication, and healthy tissues to support a luminous radiance. In this final class, we will discuss special care of specific regions and parts of the body that can be given attention to build health and sustain beauty. Although Āyurveda discourages a ‘spot treating’ approach to health, nonetheless, it offers many solutions for ‘spots’ and specific disorders as symptoms present. General recipes for ‘home remedies’ to correct impurities of the mouth, throat, nose, ears, eyes, hands/nails, feet, and skin will be shared, along with recommendations and recipes for preventative care.