Oráriu yoga Janeiru 2019/ January 2019

Lets set some positive intentions for the New Year by using the last day of the old year to reflect, and self-reflect. All morning classes are planned, also January first, but please give a 24 notice if you have the intention to join the class. Friday 4th of January no morning class.

The Tuesday and Wednesday evening classes are cancelled and will be back next week.
The 200hr yoga teacher training has started and a few more classes have been added to the schedule, for the most the schedule is as it was in 2018.

The early morning weekday classes (@Uma Dame and Wednesday at @Ocean View)have as focus the self practice of yoga and lean towards the Mysore style of teaching.

The weekend early morning classes at Ocean View are an extended variation of these classes in Led style.

The Thursday evening 6 p.m. class is Ashtanga vinyasa yoga primary series for anyone that cannot make it to any of the morning classes . It is a Led style though can move towards Mysore style during the coming months.

Interested in practicing Mysore but not sure enough to bring it to class, I m available for private sessions too.

The Saturday 9 a.m. morning class @Ocean View is the best class to (re)start your yoga practice or to experience an all around balanced hatha yoga class.

Sunday 9 a.m. morning class @Ocean View and Tuesday 6.15 p.m. evening class @U.N.D.P. give a complete practice too.

The weekend afternoon special classes are both for beginners and the more experienced practitioner. It is about the interest to move deeper into a certain area of the yoga practice, let it be hips, core strength, focus, meditation and back bend. @Uma iis Tasi.

We thank all our students for your continuous support. With your help we could support various organizations in Timor Leste that work in line with our yoga philosophy/business ethics and who contribute to the development of Timor Leste in a balanced, harmonious way. With your support we could also provide yoga classes to the less financial fortunate students.

Many thanks and wishing you a blissful, peaceful and shining 2019.


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Dili Ashtanga Yoga

First yoga school / shala in Dili , Timor Leste /East Timor

Dili Ashtanga Yoga offers various yoga classes, workshops ,yoga retreats at various locations around Dili . From Ashtanga vinyasa yoga (Mysore style & LED), Hatha yoga to yin yoga and anything in between. At the city center to beach locations. Primary series and beyond. Suitable for all levels. For anyone who is interested in the practice of yoga.

Schedule ongoing 2017

-2017 has started and below the schedule-

for latest schedule updates please check on Dili Ashthanga Yoga facebook 

2 new classes on Saturday @ Dili Wellness

The weekend morning classes 6 to 8 a.m. will be at Ocean View

Ayurveda within Yoga
At Dili Wellness upstairs studio
Saturday morning 10.00 to 11.30 a.m.
These yoga classes are the practical follow up of last years ayurveda & yoga classes. Last year sessions where mostly informatif, the current sessions will be yoga asana based from the ayurvedic spectrum. The classes could focus on a particular body constitution or body sheet (Dosha), focussing on balancing all 3 Dosha, or giving different practices to different students to balance their particular body constitution . No prior yoga or ayurvedic experience is necessary and the classes are for all levels. For every new student Ahimsa-Ka will try to determine their individual constitution and imbalances and work towards a balancing yoga session with the help of yoga asana, pranayama and meditation technics. Both sciences, ayurveda and yoga, are used as tools to establish and maintain an equilibrium of a healthy body, steady mind in an ever changing environment.
Beyond asana; moving into the field of breathe and brain
At Dili Wellness upstairs studio
Saturday 15.15 to 16.45 p.m.
The amount of actual poses will be limited in this class, and we will do a fairly amount of sitting. A main focus of yoga is breathe, in particular a deep long breathe. Which is what we will explore and exercise in this class. In an hour and a half we will explore various breathe exercises to deepen and lengthen the breathe, together with some medication and relaxation technics. Which can be all complimentary to your diving or running practice and especially to your general well being.
No prior experience of yoga is necessary, though could be beneficial. As for yoga asana classes try to arrive with an empty stomach .

Ahimsaka / D.A.Y. will continue to various classes and projects with

2017-01-19_12-55-02 prison yoga project

2017-01-19_12-56-49 staff & community yoga

2017-01-19_12-56-19 staff lunch & afternoon yoga

2017-01-19_12-55-41 staff afternoon yoga

6 workshops / retreats / weekend getaways were conducted in 2016 and workshop schedule for 2017 is coming up

Dili Ashthanga Yoga brings Ashthanga inspired classes to Timor Leste, to benefit and compliment any yoga practice and in particular the Ashthanga sequences .

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Fasting, yoga & ayurveda

Fasting is mostly used as a tool to reset the digestive fire (Agni) by means of a mono diet in yoga and ayurveda. As yoga is about creating a more stable, strong and harmonious energy and not about losing energy, neither weight, these kind of fasts are a boost to your digestive system and can be done regularly. For more detailed information and a few recipes check


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Mysore style practice

Mysore style

The Mysore style of yoga teaching is unique to the Ashthanga Vinyasa Yoga tradition designed by Sri K Pattabhi Jois last century. It enables the student to practice (explore) a fixed sequence of yoga asana on her/his on pace by following external as well as internal guidance. External guidance would be a teacher, who assist with mostly hands-on adjustments and fewer verbal instructions, and the inspiration of the fellow students around. Internal guidance would be foremost the breathe, the internal dialogue and body intuition / intelligence.
The student is not blindly following the instructions of the teacher but is activley present with the yoga sequence that is happening. The mind aswell as the body are involved in the sequence. Some days the body isn’t moving at all, other days the mind just seems totally out of it. It is here that observation of both body and mind takes place. Concentration, focus, preparation, calculation and observation are all qualities of the brain that need to be trained too. To remember which pose comes next requires some mental effort, and prevents the brain of zoning out into oblivion. It keeps the brain connected to the present, what is happening here and now. Mysore style of teaching puts more responsibility with the student and allows more space for the internal observation. It honors the diversity of the body, and let the student work with that diversity.
The teacher is not instructing the student with which asana comes next; but allows the student to move through her/his practice and adjusting where necessary. The adjustment are mostly physically and directed directly to the body, to prevent ego involvement. Though the teacher will observe both body and mind, and will work on both to create space, strength and ultimately balance and harmony.
The Mysore style of teaching goes hand in hand with the Ashthanga vinyasa sequences, though the style of teaching could be extended to any kind of sequence. As long as the student and teacher know which sequence is being followed, the Mysore style class could be functioning. Different sequences for different students to honor the diversity of the students. It requires intimate involvement of the teacher which her/his student practice and it asks from the student a commitment to the practice and an independent attitude. As a student you have to follow your inner guidance, using your internal devises to navigate yourself through the practice (and eventually life). The teacher is not there to tell you which pose is next and what to do, though will tell you when you forget. The teacher will guide you through the practice where it is necessary by letting you do your own practice.
The body remembers by repetition, its the mind that’s label’s repetition as boredom. The mind likes to spin, to move in between opposites. When the body remembers stillness, it will ask for more. That is where the asana and vinyasa comes in, the effect of the asana plus the sequence is one of inducing stillness (how stimulating, energizing, aggravating or heating it may seem at first glance ). The body and eventually the mind will long for that stillness. From there chance will happen.
Ahimsaka is offering every weekday the possibility of Mysore style classes from 6 a.m. to 7.45 a.m., at Dili Ashthanga Yoga, hosted at Dili Wellness / The upstairs Studio , Comoro road (opposite Leader, next to Harish and Dili Club). Please contact Ahimsaka first if you like to practice Mysore style.

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comments 2015

Recommendations 2015;

from the H2A & Ashtanga Vinyasa workshops

It was a beautiful workshop, I will always be grateful to have met you Ahim. Thank you.

Rosa Torres, Orlando, U.S.

As we are on our way back to Ubud we would like to thank you for listening and taking care of us so we could have an unforgettable experience in Candi Dasa. Your communication with Ahim and his willingness to help our accommodation situation was key for us to stay and do the yoga workshop which ended up being one of the most wonderful experiences in our lives. Ahim’s dedication, experience, passion and kind spirit made us get the best out of the H2A workshop. Words cannot express how thankful we are to both of you for taking care of us in all levels.

Best Regards,

Rosa Torres and

Dorkas Martinez

Corinne Wüthrich, Zurich Switzerland.

The time with you was great and I thank you for ALL…. Since you I am able to do my yoga practice daily on my own….

All the best for you and very kind of regards to all  in the Ashram.

Lots of peace and love


Corinne Wüthrich

Gesundheitspraxis Sunnehuus

Anne Ehringhaus

Ecco. Consulting in Cultural Competence

Orono and Greenville Junction, Me.

, I still practice Yoga every day, mostly ashtanga and sometimes yin or just something that I make up in my mind. I will have an hour with a teacher every now and then and I am curious about yoga therapy for trauma patients, because it would combine my psychologist – counselor skills with yoga.

I have never felt so good in my life. It is such a gift. Thank you.



Sanjay Baghia, U.S.

“after your classes and all the personal attention you gave us, yoga barn seems like a big illusion.  something just does not feel right.  your daily schedule and choice to be away from all of this are very inspiring to me as is your yoga practice. Sometimes i feel depressed about my injuries and feel that it will be difficult to move forward- so i really appreciated how you tried to instill in us that the practice is about observation without judgement of where you are from day to day.”

Sarah Downs Blueys Yoga, Australia.

I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for the opportunity to stay at the ashram and deepen my yoga practice.

I feel you and the ashram team are providing a unique experience – one that is no longer easily accessible to a westerner but ironically more essential than ever at this time when demands on our attention are at an all-time high.

Ahimsaka’s teaching exceeding my expectations and really challenged my practice. I would love to have the opportunity to work with him on an annual basis. I certainly feel like I have come away with plenty to play with in my home practice.

Julianne Fook, Singapore.

Hi Ahim,

Thank you so much for sharing unreservedly and teaching us all the various techniques into getting the more difficult poses and for reconnecting me to Ayuverda. I have since upon my return signed up for a talk and another workshop to learn more about Ayuverda. Serendipity or destiny! I have been searching for quite a long time for something to do,  on top of my yoga practice,  but just don’t seem to find anything that can arouse my interest.  A holistic healthy lifestyle is something that I hold close to my heart and ayuverda complements my yoga practice, why didn’t I think of it before??  Maybe that’s why out of so many retreats, I picked Gedong Ghandi Ashram because it is my destiny that I have to meet you!

Thank you Ahim.  You may not be aware but you have done so much for us, giving us more than what the workshop entails. Now it rests upon us to take what we have learned further.  It was your mindfulness about food that triggers me to rethink real hard of my own habits and lifestyle.

I have always wanted to find my guru but what you said is so true, we can be our own teacher and guru and can learn from everything around us, not necessary a human form.

Yes, I am starting to self practice in the morning at home  instead of going to the studio, self practice cum meditation. Now I am learning to appreciate a practice that focus more on controlled movements with breathworks.

You are a great teacher with your own unique style of teaching and connecting with the students. You are one of those who have found your path, blessed you.

Hope our paths will cross again sometime in the future,



Peperino Le Phew.

Greetings ! Wanted to say Thankyou for a really special class you led last week on focus and acceptance . I was only able to stay at the ashram a few days and I don’t think we even introduced properly but I will not forget that practice in a hurry nor the importance of timing for me. Love and blessings x

Julie Zehtner.

“Thank you again for making me believe I can actually do it!”

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asana, shavasana, coconuts (part II) ; oil pull

coconut oil pull for detox
what shavasana is to the asana practice, is coconut to the shavasana
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Asana’s work from the outside of the body into the inside of the body, pranayama works from the inside, the core, to the outside of the body. Both work on all aspects of the body mind, from the gross to the subtle. Pratyahara works from the senses and the mind. Dharana works with the mind. Meditation is beyond the mind and works with the subtle energies within the body mind. Nutrients work on molecular level, they can do there work from the inside of the cell, and penetrate the cell from the outside. Taking particular nutrients together with a yoga practice, can upgrade the beneficial effects more, what yoga has prepared within the body mind, nutrients can take beyond that. And/or what the nutrients have been doing on a cellular level, yoga can act on.
When starting your practice you may experience the effects of the body detoxification process. Same when you are moving deeper into certain asana, taking a new asana, or taking a more intensive meditation period It can lead to the body-mind purging all the things it doesn’t want to have in there anymore. Side effect of this is that you may feel feverish or even sick, headache, rash or any other symptoms can occur. Which can jeopardize a steady daily practice. Daily oil pulling before committing to your practice can help to relieve the effects of detoxification, and in general create a better state of health, and not only for your teeth and mouth.
Taking it that you are already on a more or less “sattvic” diet; pure, no processed food if possible and well-balanced. Or at least trying to keep your food intake as pure and natural as possible. Oil pulling can be effective for boosting your immune-system and taking “remaining” toxins out of the body that have been stored in the tissues and now released into the system by practicing yoga asana, or sitting meditation.
Oil pulling is the ancient Ayurvedic technique that basically involved swishing a tablespoon of cold-pressed oil around in your mouth every morning for 20 minutes. Because purportedly, this swishing will pull the “toxins” out from all over your body, drawing them into the oil ( the oil pulls the “toxins” out of your tongue ) and therefore cleansing your whole system.(disease promoting toxins are removed, thus allowing the body to heal itself). It will heal your gums and whiten your teeth too.
Another effect of oil pulling is that fights off the harmful bacteria in the mouth, it will help strengthening your immune system and fight of diseases. As simple as it is, oil pulling has a very powerful detoxifying effect. Our mouths are the home to billions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites and their toxins. Candida and Streptococcus are common residents in our mouths. It is these types of germs and their toxic waste products that cause gum disease and tooth decay and contribute to many other health problems including arthritis and heart disease. Our immune system is constantly fighting these organisms. If our immune system becomes overloaded or burdened by excessive stress, poor diet, environmental toxins and such, these organisms can spread throughout the body causing secondary infections and chronic inflammation, leading to any number of health problems.

The key to successful oil pulling is in the duration of the swishing. Oil is viscous, it’s “sticky” and it spreads. Given enough time ( a full 20 minutes ), it will slowly seep all the way up into those bacteria-filled pockets. Tooth brush bristles can’t get up there. Toothpaste is foamy and runny, not sticky at all, so it won’t get up there. Mouthwash isn’t viscous at all. But oil seeps in everywhere, and then as you swish, it’s drawn back out. Oil pulling is the only way to reach, and dislodge, those harmful bacteria that are buried so deeply under your gum line.
How to apply oil pulling:
Every morning, first thing in the morning, before brushing your teeth or rinsing your mouth out, measure one tablespoon of virgin cold-pressed coconut, sesame (sesame and coconut are the most reputed), sunflower, or olive oil
Swish this oil around in your mouth, letting it pass over your tongue, your gums, and all your teeth, and trying your best to move it between each tooth, for a full 20 minutes. Meanwhile you prepare your yoga practice or start with a basic warming up for the joints.
The oil will turn white and frothy. Don’t gargle it or you’ll risk swallowing it. When the 20 minutes is up, spit it all out. Spit into trash, compost or outside in, just not in the sink – to prevent clogging.
Gargle, preferably with salt water, and thoroughly rinse your mouth out. Brush your teeth as normal.
Toxins are pulled from the body the very first time you try it. One of the first cleansing symptoms you will experience is an increased flow of mucous from your throat and sinuses. Mucous drainage is one of the body’s methods of removing toxins. While you are pulling, mucous may build in the back of your throat. You may even have to expel the oil and clear the mucous from your throat before reaching a full 20 minutes. That’s okay, take another spoonful of oil and continue until you’ve pulled for a total of 15-20 minutes. You may also experience a little nausea and perhaps even need to vomit as your body expels toxic waste. Other symptoms may also arise temporarily. These symptoms will subside as your body becomes cleaner and you become more comfortable with oil pulling. Oil pulling should become a regular part of your daily schedule, like brushing your teeth (at least repeat daily for a minimum of 30 days, but ideally 45-60 days).
according ayurvedic medicine it can help against (when done daily):
alleviating allergies
against eczema
arthritis, relieve of joint pain
better sleep
brightening & whitening teeth
boosting the immune system
chronic blood disorders
clearing the sinuses
decreasing headaches
decreasing inflammation
digestive troubles
fresh breath
having a clearer mind
heart disease
hormonal disorders
improve oral health (healthier gums – bleeding gums, tooth decay and gum diseases are diminished)
improving PMS symptoms, more relieve
improving the lymphatic system
increasing energy
more clearer skin, more soft
preventing bad breath
regulating menstrual cycles
removal of mucus
Sunflower and sesame seed oils are the most commonly used for oil pulling, but any vegetable oil will work. People have had success with olive, coconut, almond, and other oils. Coconut oil because of its many health benefits is preferred. If you use a mild flavored coconut oil it is very pleasant in the mouth. Some oils, such as extra virgin olive oil, are so strong flavored that many people find them difficult to use.
This information has worked for us  Please do not consider them as medical advice, and always consult your doctor to treat any medical condition.

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turmeric the most essential herb for a yoga (asana) practice

turmeric the most essential herb for a yoga (asana) practice

This post is related to a series of post about nutrition & yoga.

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“a day without turmeric is a day without a downward facing dog”

Asana’s work from the outside of the body into the inside of the body, pranayama works from the inside, the core, to the outside of the body. Both work on all aspects of the body mind, from the gross to the subtle. Pratyahara works from the senses and the mind. Dharana works with the mind. Meditation is beyond the mind and works with the subtle energies within the body mind. Nutrients work on molecular level, they can do there work from the inside of the cell, and penetrate the cell from the outside. Taking particular nutrients together with a yoga practice, can upgrade the beneficial effects more, what yoga has prepared within the body mind, nutrients can take beyond that. And/or what the nutrients have been doing on a cellular level, yoga can act on.

Most of this information comes from the following sources;

The Ayurvedic Spice of Life ©2003 Prashanti de Jager (www.omorganics.com)
Yoga and Ayurveda. Dr. David Frawley.

Turmeric is truly a great herb, the following text is merely an abbreviation of the wide range of benefits of Turmeric, and meant to inspire you to add turmeric to your daily diet as adding yoga to your daily life, and notice how well those 2 can go together for your general well-being.
from tao te ching;
When you look for it, there is nothing to see.
When you listen for it, there is nothing to hear.
When you use it, it is inexhaustible.

Dr David Frawley rounds it all up; “There is little that it cannot do in the realm of healing and much that no other herb is able to accomplish. Turmeric has a broad spectrum of actions, mild but certain effects, and is beneficial for long term and daily usage. Though it is a common spice, few people, including herbalists know of its great value and are using it to the extent possible. It is an herb that one should get to know and live with. Turmeric gently stimulates the digestive fire and makes the food easier to digest and absorb. It also helps detoxify the food. In addition it improves the quality of food, adding nutritive and blood building properties to the oils with which it combines, particularly ghee (clarified butter), with which it has an important affinity. It is essential to Ayurvedic diets. In addition Turmeric is a great woman’s herb and is helpful for many gynecological problems. It mildly promotes menstruation, relieves menstrual pain and cramping, is great for countering PMS, and helps build the blood. It helps guard against or even remove cysts in the breast or uterus, and is a good guard against breast cancer. In addition it helps beautify the skin and improve the complexion, promoting circulation and nutrition to the surface of the body. It vitalizes the body’s own natural healing energy through its action of strengthening digestion and circulation, and aiding in the regulation of all bodily systems. For all these reasons Turmeric is likened to the Divine Mother, bestowing numerous blessings and helping us in all dangers, difficulties and conditions of weakness and debility.”

For many reasons Turmeric is also one of the best herbs/foods of Yoga: It is one of the most potent purifying herbs in Ayurveda, cleansing all the bodies including physical and subtle, from muscles to marmas; It is one of the safest herbs; It increases flexibility; It reduces pain and inflammation from practice which means it allows more opportunity to perfect asana’s, stay in asana’s longer and stay in asana’s with greater ease, more sukha and sthira; It increases prana, the flow of prana and purifies prana. Yoga scriptures like the Shiva Samhita recommends that a Yogi take some ghee and milk before asana and pranayama practice, and many traditional yogis add Turmeric to that.

One focus of Yoga Asana is the digestive system and digestion (Gastro-Intestinal (GI) system), which is the basis of our mental and physical health. Turmeric is a great carminative and continues with what the asana have started. Carminatives tend to increase absorption and nurture the intestinal flora. Able to calm an upset digestive system by getting rid of gas and distention. Turmeric is one of the best carminatives because though it leans towards being heating-pungent, it is very balanced and does not aggravate any of the doshas if taken in normal amounts, a few grams per day. Turmeric treats the entire GI system. It is traditionally used for weak stomachs, poor digestion,dyspepsia, to normalize metabolism, to help digest protein, and to increase the bio-availability of food and the ability of the stomach to withstand digestive acids. Turmeric detoxifies the body and mind and in this way helps the body cure itself. One sure sign of this is that it increases the level of the enzyme glutathione S-transferase (GST), which is essential to detoxification. Turmeric is one of the dashemani, the 10 best herbs to treat poisoning and to purify.

Turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory herb and therefore is very good treatment for arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, injuries, trauma, and stiffness from both under activity and over activity. If used before and after any surgery it will decrease the pain and inflammation and accelerate the healing and the return to balance. Though Yogis minimize the use of pungents, they do use Turmeric for many reasons, one being it is so good for the tendons and ligaments. It helps them to attain and hold asanas and to avoid injuries. In the same way it minimizes the pain and inflammation related to any kind of exercise or strenuous activity.

Yoga works on the total body and mind, not only the muscles and joints, similar Turmeric has multiple effects on the total body and mind. It is known that Turmeric, and especially the Curcumins, inhibits skin cancer, likely due to decreasing the expression of proto-oncogenes. External application stops pain and swelling, heals wounds, and treats many skin diseases ranging from acne to leprosy.Since Turmeric is bitter and anti-inflammatory, it is excellent for hot skin diseases, especially wet eczema.

Purification, another important focus of yoga, and one of the Niyama’s; “Saucha”. A great alterative, Ayurveda uses Turmeric to purify and move the blood, for instance in the uterus during the menstrual cycle. Curcumin is actually very similar to one of the active molecules in Chaparral, a great Native American blood purifier. Turmeric also protects your liver from toxins and pathogens. It is  known to both destroy major hepatoxins, like aflatoxin, and to rebuild the liver after being attacked by hepatoxins. Turmeric increases the secretion of bile, promotes bilification, and may prevent cholelithiasis.

Turmeric supports the heart in many ways. For instance, there are platelets that flow in the blood whose job it is to form blood clots when we are wounded. The stress of being wounded causes the platelets to accumulate and stick together. In these days we experience a lot of the same stress without being wounded and our platelets start sticking together increasing the chance of a heart attack or stroke. Turmeric is known to inhibit this. Turmeric also removes cholesterol from the liver and inhibits its assimilation, which means that it gives your heart double protection from cholesterol.

Both Yoga and Turmeric have beneficial effects on the respiratory system and is one of the main traditional uses of yoga and turmeric. Yoga (asana and pranayama) are widely used to treat asthma, and cleansing the lungs. Turmeric as an anti-oxidant it protects the lungs from pollution and toxins. It also helps the oxygen transfer from the lungs to the blood. Turmeric with ghee is traditionally used to get rid of cough and to treat asthma.

Yoga has always been used for its therapeutic qualities, and it is here where yoga and ayurveda come really together. To treat a condition with both yoga and ayurveda, in this case, Turmeric, whom both work on the total body and mind, the beneficial effects can be multiple and synergistic.

Taken internally or used externally Turmeric is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, and anthelmintic (anti-worm). The essential oil, the water extract, and the extracted curcumins all show this activity. It interferes with the ability of microbes and viruses to replicate themselves and it increases your Immune system’s ability to fight the infection. It kills many bacteria in vivo and in vitro including staph and salmonella so it is great against staph infections and food poisoning. The fresh juice Turmeric is often used for many antibiotic applications such as wounds or whenever an antiseptic is needed. As an antibiotic Turmeric has been compared with penicillin on gram positive organisms and with streptomycin on gram negative organisms. In both cases Turmeric came in second but gave a strong showing.

Oxidation by free radicals is linked with accelerated aging and virtually every major chronic disease including atherosclerosis, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, cataracts, and rheumatoid arthritis. One way to stop this is with anti-oxidants like Vitamin C and E and Turmeric. A second way is with certain enzymes which engage the free radicals and destroy their ability to react. Working double time, the curcuminoids as anti-oxidants are 8 times stronger than vitamin E and also increase the number and activity of free radical destroying enzymes, like superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase.. This means Turmeric is good at keeping you feeling and looking young; protecting you from mutating cells, tumors and cancer; preventing and removing oxidized cholesterol thereby preventing heart attacks; and reducing pain and acute (injuries) and chronic inflammations (arthritis).

Turmeric is considered to be anti-cancer because it has a triple action: It neutralizes those substances and conditions which can cause cancer; It directly helps a cell retain its integrity if threatened by carcinogens; If a tumor does grow the Curcumins can often destroy it.

When a virus replicates the ‘long terminal repeat’ (LTR) sequence is activated. Without this activation there can be no replication of a virus like the HIV. Harvard research proves the Curcumins to be powerful inhibitors of HIV LTR. Turmeric and the Curcumins have also been shown to help the Immune system’s T-cells survive and thrive, another strong anti-AIDS mechanism.

Turmeric protects from parasites that can cause so many mental and physical problems, including poor digestion.

For at least 1000 years Chinese Medicine has used Turmeric especially for the Spleen, Stomach, and Liver Meridians. They use it to stimulate and purify, and as an anti-biotic, anti-viral, and an analgesic. As such it is used to stimulate and strengthen the blood and decrease blood pressure, to clear abdominal pain and stagnation in men, women and children, and to remove stagnant Chi, the pain due to stagnant Chi, and excessive wind element. They consider it one of the better herbs for women because it stimulates the uterus and clears menstrual stagnation, dysmenorrhea and amenorrhea due to congested blood arising from a lack of heat or simply a deficiency. With the way that Turmeric can move the Chi, Turmeric intake in combination with Yin asanas can be seen as an herbal equivalent of an acupuncture session.

Healing Properties Overview

Besides flavoring food, to purify the blood and remedy skin conditions is probably the most common use of Turmeric in Ayurveda. The principle organs that it treats are the skin, heart, liver and lungs. Sushruta recommended it for epilepsy and bleeding disorders. Charaka recommends it for skin diseases, to purify the body mind, and to help the lungs expel kapha. Activities of Turmeric include: alternative, analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-allergic, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, appetizer, astringent, cardiovascular, carminative, cholagogue, digestive, diuretic, stimulant, and vulnerary. Therapeutic uses include: AIDS/HIV, anemia, cancer, diabetes, digestion, food poisoning, gallstones, indigestion, IBS, parasites, poor circulation, staph infections, and wounds. Turmeric helps regulate the female reproductive system and purifies the uterus and breast-milk, and in men it purifies and builds semen, which is counter intuitive for a pungent bitter. It reduces fevers, diarrhea, urinary disorders, insanity, poisoning, cough, and lactation problems in general. It is used to treat external ulcers that respond to nothing else. Turmeric decreases kapha and so is used to remove mucus in the throat, watery discharges like leucorrhea, and any pus in the eyes, ears, or in wounds, etc.

Adding Turmeric to your daily life;

Turmeric can be easily consumed on a daily base by making a herbal tea out of it;
Add finely chopped fresh turmeric or turmeric powder to boiling hot water, together with a slice of lime or lemon, and let it steep for while.*
Like most Indian and South-East Asian dishes will contain Turmeric, maybe just try to add some Turmeric to any dish you prepare and see how it will work out.

Please do not consider this text as a medical advice, and always consult your doctor to treat any medical condition.

*Turmeric is also used for dying fabric, especially Monk robes. With that said, it has the quality to stain your plastic-ware permanently yellow.

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Asana’s work from the outside of the body into the inside of the body, pranayama works from the inside, the core, to the outside of the body. Both work on all aspects of the body mind, from the gross to the subtle. Pratyahara works from the senses and the mind. Dharana works with the mind. Meditation is beyond the mind and works with the subtle energies within the body mind. Nutrients work on molecular level, they can do there work from the inside of the cell, and penetrate the cell from the outside. Taking particular nutrients together with a yoga practice, can upgrade the benificial effects more, what yoga has prepared within the body mind, nutrients can take beyond that. And/or what the nutrients have been doing on a cellular level, yoga can act on.

Centering, finding your center, going within; starting with the foundation is the basics of yoga. That is why we often start in Tadasana or Samathiti. Connection with our feet. Bringing the awareness to the root center.
from tao te ching;
If you realize that you have enough,
you are truly rich.
If you stay in the center
and embrace death with your whole heart,
you will endure forever.
When we are centered we can hold the world. Cinnamon is one of those herbs with multiple effects on the body mind, and very beneficial with a yoga practice. A “grounding” herb, common, affordable and easy to use. Adding cinnamon to your daily diet can help you finding your center, or staying more centered. According Ayurveda cinnamon being a sweet spice is sattvic (balanced). It is a spicy aromatic too, good at stimulating the mind, promoting insight and perception. It has enough “spice” to lift you up, but still keeping both feet solid on the floor. That is the dynamics of balance. Ever watched a cat “sleeping”,  being completely relaxed yet with the softest little sound the ears will immediately point into that direction of where the sound came from. That is being centered.
Continuing in ayurvedic terms, cinnamon pacifies vata and kapha dosha’s, but it may aggravate pitta dosha if taken in excess.  It has a sweet, pungent, and bitter rasa or initial taste, it is heating, and has a pungent vipak or aftertaste.  In ayurveda, cinnamon is used as a remedy for diabetes, indigestion, and colds, and it is often recommended for people with the kapha dosha. It’s a common ingredient in chai tea, and it is believed to improve the digestion of fruit, milk and other dairy products.
In traditional Chinese medicine, Cassia cinnamon is used for colds, flatulence, nausea, diarrhea, and painful menstrual periods. It’s also believed to improve energy, vitality, and circulation and be particularly useful for people who tend to feel hot in their upper body but have cold feet.
While there are four main types of cinnamon, the primary ones which are sold are Cassia cinnamon and Ceylon cinnamon. The majority of this spice that’s available in grocery stores is the lesser expensive variety, Cassia cinnamon. It is darker and less sweet than the true Ceylon cinnamon, and its sticks are harder. Cassia cinnamon can’t be easily ground into a powder. The Ceylon variety which imparts the health benefits, while cassia cinnamon contains large doses of the compound coumarin. Couramin can cause certain unwanted side effects, such as increased heart rate and liver and kidney problems.
“Health” ,can be defined merely by not being sick, not having any pains, it can also be defined as being in complete harmony, from body mind to everything that is happening around you, tapping into an unlimited source of energy. Cinnamon (in general a good diet) and yoga can help in finding this harmony. In short cinnamon improves digestion and absorption, and promotes elimination.  It removes toxins from the body, and improves circulation by strengthening the heart and warming the kidneys.  As a blood thinner, cinnamon prevents heart attacks. Additionally, cinnamon may be used in the treatment of respiratory and sinus congestion, bronchitis, colds, and the flu. Recent studies have found that cinnamon may have a beneficial effect on blood sugar. Preliminary lab and animal studies have found that cinnamon may have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It’s active against Candida albicans, the fungus that causes yeast infections and thrush, and Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria responsible for stomach ulcers.
(People taking diabetes medication or any medication that affects blood glucose or insulin levels shouldn’t take therapeutic doses of cinnamon unless they’re under a doctor’s supervision. Taking them together may have an additive effect and cause blood glucose levels to dip too low.)
A 2004 study found that the smell of cinnamon helped boost brain function. Study participants performance on tasks involving virtual recognition memory, attentional processes, working memory, and visual-motor speed while using a computer were measured comparing the relative effects of jasmine, peppermint, cinnamon and no odor. Cinnamon had the strongest positive effect on study subjects’ cognitive processing skills. Cinnamon’s aroma comes from cinnamonaldehyde, an essential oil in the bark of cinnamon trees. The Moolhadara chakra, translated as root center, at the base of the spine, is according the science of yoga connected with the sense organ the nose, with smell, and plays an important role to feel and be centered.
Some common ayurvedic home remedies for cinnamon:

  • To reduce the kapha provoking properties of rice and other carbohydrates, add cinnamon to the dish.
  • For a common cold, cough or congestion, combine ½ tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp of raw, uncooked honey and take two or three times a day.
  • For coughs, colds, and sore throats, boil cinnamon sticks in water and inhale the vapor.
  • For a sinus headache, make a paste of ½  tsp cinnamon powder and water and apply topically.
  • For diarrhea, combine ½ tsp of cinnamon powder, a pinch of nutmeg. and ½ cup yogurt and consume this combination two to three times daily.
  •  For lowering LDL cholesterol, take ½ tsp of cinnamon daily.

When consumed together with honey, it can  ease digestion, helping to prevent gas. Honey and cinnamon also provide energy, making people more mentally alert and ready for physical activity.
Honey possesses natural anti-bacterial properties. Honey poured on wounds or burns prevents infection and promotes healing. Regular consumption of honey and cinnamon together, when combined with an overall healthy diet and moderate activity level, can prevent heart disease by clearing clogged arteries.
Drinking honey and cinnamon in lukewarm water results in them moving through the bladder and cleansing it, as well as clearing infections there. Drinking this beverage on a regular basis can also relieve, and in some cases entirely cure, arthritis pain. This drink also strengthens the immune system, helping ward off colds as well as some viruses. Applying a paste of honey and cinnamon to infected gums can ease pain and bleeding as well as slow the progression of the infection.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, cinnamon is viewed as possessing heat or yang, and is thus used to cure ills stemming from excess yin or coldness. Honey, in this system, is viewed as a neutral substance, balanced between yin and yang.

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light on nightshade vegetables

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Asana’s work from the outside of the body into the inside of the body, pranayama works from the inside, the core, to the outside of the body. Both work on all aspects of the body mind, from the gross to the subtle. Pratyahara works from the senses and the mind. Dharana works with the mind. Meditation is beyond the mind and works with the subtle energies within the body mind. Substances, compounds, toxins etc work on molecular level, they can do their work from the inside of the cell, and penetrate the cell from the outside. Creating disharmony within the body mind. This is happening on a daily basis, and yoga is a way to counteract these effects and restore harmony to the body mind. “Health” ,can be defined merely by not being sick, not having any pains, it can also be defined as being in complete harmony, from body mind to everything that is happening around you, tapping into an unlimited source of energy.

The nightshade (as they grow at night) vegetable is a large family of plants including the well known;
Potato (but not sweet potato neither yams), eggplant (aubergine), hot peppers like chilli, cayenne (tabasco sauce and other hot pepper sauces), paprika (bell pepper), tomato, tomatillo’s,  ground cherries, tamarillos, garden huckleberry and naranjillas, pepinos and pimentos.
Not considered to be a vegetable but part of the family is the tobacco plant. There are over 2,800 species of plants that are classified as nightshades – all belonging to a scientific order called Polemoniales, and to a scientific family called Solanaceae. All nightshades contain alkaloids – a group of substances that has been scientifically proven to adversely impact both the digestive system and the nerve-muscle function of our bodies. The alkaloids in nightshades are naturally formed by the plants themselves, primarily to defend themselves from insects (natural pesticides in a way). There are several types of alkaloids found in nightshade plants.  One basic type found in most nightshade foods – including potatoes and tomatoes – is known as the steroid alkaloids. These alkaloids (primarily solanine (a neuro-toxin) and chaonine) have been studied for their effects on the nervous system and joint health.
Steroid alkaloids have the ability to cause cholinesterase inhibition – or to block activity of the cholintesterase enzyme in nerve cells. When cholintesterase is severely blocked, our nervous system and muscle movement becomes disrupted – causing muscle twitching, trembling and even restricted breathing. While the steroid alkaloid in potatoes has indisputably been shown to block cholinesterase activity, the blockage does not usually appear to be severe enough to produce noticeable nerve-muscle disruptions such as twitching or trembling.
Steroid alkaloids have been studied for their potential damage to the joints caused by inflammation and altered mineral status.  The research is not conclusive, but some researchers speculate that these alkaloids contribute to excessive calcium loss from bone and excessive calcium deposit in soft tissue. Accordingly, many doctors encourage those suffering from joint conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other joint problems to avoid all nightshades from their diets.
Nightshades contain at least 6 other neuro-toxins, including atropine and nicotine. One of them is scopolamine which depresses the central nervous system and is used as a sedative. Nicotine causes a short-term increase in blood pressure, heart rate and the flow of blood from the heart. And it also causes the arteries to narrow. Nicotine is extremely addictive. Another neuro-toxin in nightshades is atropine, a blocker preventing nerve transmission. The others are acetyl cholinesterase inhibitors that prevent the breakdown of neurotransmitters needed for proper nerve function. Which means the neurotransmitters get stuck in the synapse, preventing nerve transmission and function.

In general it seems that nightshades;
dehydrate the joints and worsen arthritis.
worsen acidity, sciatica, and kidney, gallstones disorders and nervous system disorders.
The effects can be;
short term;  like cramps, diarrhea, dizziness and sleepiness. For many people these short term effects are even more intense, such as chronic migraine headaches, dizziness, intestinal disturbance, and ‘food poisoning’ like symptoms.
long term; like joint pain, appendicitis, birth defects (including spina bifida), depression, endocrine suppression, especially thyroid, arthritis in all its forms, increased intestinal permeability, migraines, osteoporosis, arteriosclerosis, and interference in the absorption of calcium (up to 80%), iron, and vitamin D.
Even though the solanine in one single potato isn’t strong enough to cause such a huge effect, it turns out that it builds up in our tissues over time and the body is very slow to break it down. It’s not water soluble, and is not destroyed by cooking. It takes the body 1 to 2 1/2 months to get rid of the solanine from just one potato. It usually builds up in the smooth muscles and organs such as the intestines, heart, lungs, and endocrine system, mostly in the thyroid. Harmful effects may take years and years to appear.

From a yogi/ayurvedic perspective nightshades are generally considered rajasic foods – in that they stimulate, aggravate and agitate the inner-workings of the mind, which in turn affects the body. From a doshic or body/mind constitution perspective, nightshades are Pitta aggravating as they are heating and acidic. (Potatoes can also be kapha aggravating, as they are heavy, starchy and can be difficult to digest.)
Nightshades have pungent or sour post digestive effect (vipaka). Vipaka is the way the food affects you when completely absorbed and assimilated. In the case of nightshades your colon is experiencing sour and pungent taste. It can be irritating for all three doshas. Sour is heating and irritates Pitta. Pungent is heating and drying and affects both vata and pitta. Kapha can tolerate them in small amounts once or twice a month.

Other facts about the nightshade’s;

  • Some of the other more famous members is the deadly nightshade; “belladonna”  and mandrake (which were thought to contain evil spirits).
  • Tomatoes, green peppers, eggplant and potatoes were only ornaments and not thought of as edibles until the 1800’s.
  • Eggplant was actually called “The Mad Apple”. In the Mediterranean area eggplant was thought to cause insanity if eaten daily for a month. A few spoonfuls of eggplant contain the same amount of nicotine as sitting in a closed room with a light smoker for three hours!
  • The nightshade plants, when found in pastures, are ruinous to livestock. If a cow were to graze in a field of nightshades, in a short time they wouldn’t be able to walk anymore.

Cooking will help to diminish the harmful effects, try not to eat any member of the Nightshades raw. If you need to eat tomatoes raw, the more green they are, more of the harmful components (esp. solanine) will be still present.  For potatoes, be sure to take out the green spots or sprouting on potatoes as these usually correspond to an increased alkaloid content.

Yoga, Ayurveda and Nightshades.
The ancient yogi’s seemed to avoid Nightshades, and today’s science seems to give some interesting evidence to support there ways. It is definitely worth a little experimenting on your own. Are you eating nightshades out of habit or are you eating them because they are beneficial to your body/mind? If you suffer of arthritis, acidity, sciatica, kidney and gallstones disorders or osteoporosis you may want to conduct your own research and gather more information. When yoga is part of your daily life, and your health important to you may want to consider eliminating the nightshades at least out of your daily diet. If you have a strenuous yoga asana practice with a lot of vinyasa, arm balances and working the edge of the body’s mobility, it could add new insight to your practice and body/mind when leaving the nightshades totally out of your diet.

Ahimsaka’s personal experience after eliminating all nightshades out of his total diet was remarkable (and for that reason sharing his experience);
short term; within a week, the body felt much more open, less defensive.Both body and mind seemed to have found a new kind of openness, the feeling of “struggle” felt away. The lethargic feeling in the muscles and joints that would appear 2 hours after a yoga asana practice completely disappeared. Tiredness in general disappeared and the body felt more vitalized and energized.
mid term; in between a week up to 4 months, mobility increased. Especially with back-bends, were mobility would maybe increase a millimeter or less in a week or so.  Often mobility would decrease a bit with out, as it seemed, any particular reasons (but those would be the times more nightshades had been consumed). Now the spine, and connecting joints seemed to open up rapidly, with a progress of 6 cm in Kapotasana. Time necessary for sleep became less, it took 2 hours of Ahimsaka’s sleeping time. No tiredness appeared during the day, and even more fresh when waking up. Numbness disappeared and more subtle body awareness trickled in.
long term; 4 months and beyond, the “problem” body parts, the parts with a lot of tightness, and prone to getting tighter, containing a lot of “conditioning” and tension seem to let go more and more. Openness is settling in, and what have been set in motion within the first 4 months keeps on going to a lesser extend.

Looking from different angles some of these vegetables are “known” to be good, especially when having a yoga practice.

Eggplant is rich in fiber and contains a lot of minerals and helps in reducing weight.
Boiled tomatoes increase the amount of lycopene which is a highly effective anti-oxidant. (it does decrease the vitamin C content), and helps lowering high blood pressure and high cholesterol. (lycopene, in lesser content is also found in papaya, guava, pink grapefruit, watermelon and apricots). It could help fight inflammation  (with that muscle repair) and some researches state cancer too.

(https://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Cooking-tomatoes-boosts-health-benefits )

Raw tomatoes are a good source of vitamin A, C, E, potassium and folic acid.
The nightshades are easily substituted in your diet if you are cooking your own food (from a health perspective not from a sense-pleasure stimulating experience). When you are dependent on out-sourced/processed food, it gets difficult. Finding the middle path may be challenging, though not impossible. If you do make the effort to experiment; try to eliminated all the nightshades for at least a month from your diet and observe the effects according truth and non-violence.
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