Island Yoga Vista Blog

Announcement from Integrative Yoga Therapy

Dear IYT Family,  We have some exciting and important news to share.   2016 is an important year in that it marks 20 years since the Integrative Yoga Therapy Program was first offered at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, MA.  These years have been a full and rich experience for the students, with consistently excellent evaluations.  Our relationship with Kripalu has supported this outstanding experience. Kripalu is unique in that it remains true to its own tradition,…

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A perspective on the Yoga Alliance policy on Yoga Therapy

A perspective on the Yoga Alliance policy on Yoga Therapy by Joseph Le PageYoga Alliance recently adopted a new policy stating that the use of the word “therapy” is not based on approval by their Registry.  The Yoga Alliance asks schools to specify what their therapy is based on so that the public can make an informed decision. In addition, registrants who market themselves externally using both their Registry credential and “yoga therapy”-type terms will need to state the non-Registry…

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Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda Belong Together

Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda belong together.When we think of Yoga as therapy we must have a method of assessment, there must be some medical model that prescribes Yoga as the healing modality. Some of our Western doctors are beginning to do that but largely they look at Yoga as being a physical exercise that can be adapted for various illnesses, they are often not seeing Yoga as the spiritual practice that it is. An Ayurvedic medical perspective, on the…

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SOUR – The Rasas of Ayurveda

SOUR – The Rasas of Ayurveda -A Learning ExperienceThere are 6 tastes or RASAS recognized in the Ayurvedic diet. They are Sweet, Sour, Salty, Pungent, Bitter and Astringent.  They all have a relationship to the FIVE ELEMENTS and transmit the properties of the elements.  We need a balanced diet containing all of the tastes in every meal, adjusted for personal requirements and seasonal concerns of course.  It is a very satisfying and nutritionally sound way of eating as all…

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Kitchari ( Kitchada) FALL SEASON

Kitchari (Kichada)   FALL SEASON Kitchari is versatile, you can flavor it to suit your constitution or the season. This sample recipe is just a starting point for your own creativity. Eating this simple diet for periods of time gives your digestive system a rest. The basic ingredients for all kitchari are white basmati rice and split mung beans which form a complete protein and are easily digested.  Add seasonal or constitutional spicing and fresh vegetable for a cleansing…

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Incompatible Food Items

From Chakrapani Ayurveda. . . . Dear Readers,   We all desire for a long and healthy life. To achieve this our daily diet plays a pivotal role. The old saying ‘We are what we eat’ should be ignored at no cost. A diet which has all essential nutrients, balanced, cooked in a proper manner, consumption of two or more food items not contrary in qualities to each other is considered good and wholesome for the body and that…

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A Simple 5 Day Cleanse

A Simple 5 Day Cleanse To start the cleanse, drop dairy, wheat, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, all processed foods and any foods your body does not digest easily. First thing in the morning, after drinking a cup of warm (hot)  water, take ghee or flax oil as follows: day 1  2tsp day 2  4tsp day 3  4tsp day 4  4tsp day 5  8tsp Sip warm water( hot) every 15 minutes and drink 2 litre room temp water every day. 15…

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Daily Morning Lifestyle Routine

In our current  7 week session of weekly yoga classes we are exploring how to adopt an Ayurvedic lifestyle, by making simple changes … . . .here is a little sample of one of the weekly handouts that support our growing yogic practices. . . . . Dinacharya: The Daily Routine This daily routine has been adapted from several sources and enhanced based on my own experience. Add your own daily routines here and share them as part of the weekly lifestyle…

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Professional Ayurveda Yoga Therapy Apprenticeship

2015-16 Professional Ayurveda Yoga Therapy Apprenticeship  250hr  offered by Sandra Sagarmurti Shotton  &  Faculty of  Island Yoga Vista Have you been practicing yoga for a while now and are looking for your next step? Are you a yoga instructor looking for more skills to offer your clients? Can you see yourself taking your knowledge and experience out into your community to diverse groups of  people who would benefit from what you know?  Are you inspired by yoga and want to share…

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Jaipur India February 2015

 February 16, 2015Dear Yogis and FriendsIt is now mid February and I am well settled into my life here in Jaipur. Most mornings I work at the clinic, Chakrapani Ayurveda, then in the afternoons explore the city and surrounding area. The dry desert air is clear and the evenings still have a slight chill which is welcome after the muggy heat of the south The planning for the second level of the PAYTA training is almost complete. This was…

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India . . January 2015

I have been in India now for two weeks and have not yet found the time and place to write to you, I will make a small effort now and have more time in February when I arrive in Jaipur. Currently I am in a study program in Tiruvanamailai with James Swart, also known as Ramji, an inspired teacher of  Vedanta teacher.  This 6 hour a day study session  will continue until the end of January.  Daily…

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Wishing You a Happy & Healthy New Year – Welcome 2015

Dear Yogis and Friends Warm wishes to all of you for a festive season and healthy New Year. Island Yoga Vista has now been in business for 17 consecutive years,  in Nanaimo, – amazing!   Thanks to YOU! This coming week will be the last week of classes for 2014,  a week later I leave for India for a few months. Wendy Anthony will continue to teach a few of the regular classes on Tuesday evenings, one at 5:30pm…

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