Lectures / Holistic Health
Self-Compassion As Spiritual Practice: Using Yoga and Ayurveda to Cultivate Kindness
Compassion is the ability to have empathy for another person’s struggle and pain. It arises out of a deep understanding of life and an acceptance of human foibles; and paradoxically, it invites the person to move through their pain. Compassion is part of the healing process. Applying this concept to ourselves is quite challenging! Many of us are self-critical even while trying our best to be loving and kind to others. And yet, self-compassion is the foundation of true empathy for others. Our capacity to see a larger picture helps us move away from reactivity and self-judgment, and respond from a place of kindness and understanding. In this livestream presentation, Dr. Carrie Demers and Judy Moulton will discuss what yoga philosophy has to say about cultivating compassion and kindness for ourselves. They will also explore key ayurvedic practices that can fit into our daily routine, providing a nourishing foundation for a deeper understanding of personal compassion and kindness. Tune in to learn both the philosophy and the practice of understanding and embracing the person closest to us—ourselves.
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Carrie Demers, MD & Judy Moulton
Lectures / Holistic Health
Time for You: Creating a Spacious Life
If we look at our busy lives, we can probably all identify with the feeling that we don’t have enough time and space. We start our day exhausted and in a rush, our attention fragmented. This sets the tone for the rest of the day to unravel similarly. In hurrying from one commitment to the next, we spread ourselves too thin. By the end of the day, we collapse in exhaustion or seek to numb our stressed-out mind. This way of living becomes a cycle of stress—we experience a lack of space and an absence of the deep nourishment that sustains us at a more subtle level. Spaciousness is the opposite of stress. It allows us to step back from the chaos of the day to pause and recharge. In this livestream with Judy Moulton, learn a simple way to restructure your day to create more space in your life, as an antidote to stress and as a support for your yoga practice. Tune in on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at 3 p.m. EDT, to contemplate this idea of space in your own life. Follow along with a guided practice that will leave you with a feeling of greater spaciousness in your body and mind.
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Judy Moulton
Lectures / Holistic Health
Integrative Heart Health: Nourish Your Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Center
Diseases of the heart—heart attacks, arrhythmias, and heart failure—are the most common cause of death in the modern world, killing 250,000 people each year in the United States alone. Physiological factors like lifestyle, diet, and stress certainly contribute to this epidemic, but recent studies show a growing link between emotional conditions—like loneliness and unhealthy relationships—and heart disease. From a holistic perspective, these findings make intuitive sense: hearts have both physical and emotional significance in our lives, so it’s easy to see how a “heartache” of one sort can trigger a corresponding pain in the body. The heart is an essential organ—biologically, it distributes oxygen to every cell in the body; psychologically, it represents our emotional center and source of love; spiritually, the heart is the abode of our inner divinity. How can we learn to nourish and support our heart on all three of these levels: physically, psychologically, and spiritually? Join Dr. Carrie Demers on February 17th, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. EST as she explores the causes of heart disease and shares the science supporting holistic options for treatment and prevention. Learn why an integrative approach that combines familiar physical strategies (lifestyle, diet, and stress management) with more subtle options (human connection and spiritual practices such as yoga) is the best way to support heart health for life.
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Carrie Demers, MD
Lectures / Holistic Health
Gut Health: The Source of Vitality and Well-Being
Yoga and ayurveda have long taught the importance and power of agni, the fire of digestion at our solar plexus. These traditions extol agni as the source of physical and mental health—not just as a digestive power, but as the driver of vitality, immunity, courage, joy, and resilience. Recently, modern science has caught up with the ancient sages as multiple research studies on the microbiome—the trillions of microorganisms in and on our bodies—pour in and validate the traditional view of agni. As society grapples with a vast array of GI concerns (constipation, diarrhea, IBS, acid reflux, bloating), chronic illness, and emotional instability, the union of modern and ancient approaches promises to lead the way toward improved intestinal health—and greater vitality and happiness. Join Dr. Carrie Demers in examining the parallels between the ancient and the modern views of our GI systems, and then learn how to keep this essential part of ourselves strong and healthy. Topics will include the impact of diet (including pro- and prebiotics), stress, exercise, yoga practice, supplements, and herbs on our gut health. Tune in on March 18, 2018 at 3 p.m. EDT for this timely and practical discussion on gut health with Dr. Demers. Learn how to put into use this valuable information, and transform your health and well-being. If you miss the livestream, you can watch the archived version on the Livestream section of our Wisdom Library. Please email help@himalayaninstitute.org for any technical difficulties during the livestream event.
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Carrie Demers, MD
Lectures / Holistic Health
The Vagus Nerve and Pranayama: How to Catch Hold of Your Nervous System
We face so many distractions, diversions, and disturbances in our modern world! How can we hope to find calm and stability in life? The secret starts with strengthening the nervous system. Learn how and why pranayamas like ujjayi and bhramari affect the vagus nerve, and what that means for worries, chronic stress, discontent, and a restless mind. Then refine your technique as you practice, and watch awareness of the body and mind effortlessly merge as your nervous system finds balance. This Livestream features an inspirational and informative lecture followed by a 45-minute guided practice with Sandra Anderson. Listen and practice along with us; heed the powerful wisdom that will transform your life! Format: Multiple videos with audio download Length: 1 hr, 2 mins
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Sandra Anderson
Lectures / Holistic Health
Stressless Living
In the world of stress that surrounds us, how do we find stressless living? In these lectures from 1993, Swami Rama explains the origins of stress and gives sage advice on how to transcend anxiety and fear. Listen to these fascinating stories and practical examples, and learn how to smile in the face of death, how to create a world in which we can be creative and happy, and how to live with others so that both they and we are at peace. Fresh from the Himalayan Institute archives, this digitally remastered Wisdom Classic is exclusively available here in the Wisdom Library. Format: Multiple Videos with audio download Length: 1 hr, 4 mins Source: Stressless Living lectures (Honesdale, 1993)
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Swami Rama