This fresh and insightful interpretation of a concept that comes from Yogic Philosophy and Ayurveda will offer you an incredibly intelligent and intuitive guide to living your life to its fullest capacity.
The word Guna comes from the word “strand.” Just like a rope is made of several strands there are three strands of life’s energy. That is to say, there are three main qualities of life.
Not knowing the Gunas is like going through life not knowing North, South, East and West. Eoin calls it an “energy map” that helps us master our energy in life.
There are so many energies we could feel, but the Gunas let’s us categorize them at the meta level so we can see the overarching patterns to how life interacts. Like you would file receipts in a file folder, the Gunas are like a filing system for energy.
As part of our 500-hour training, I co-teach a course that I called Yoga and Mind Body Medicine. It’s a course I spent years dreaming up. My vision for it was to offer a Western science-based perspective on understanding the gross and subtle benefits of yoga on our body-mind physiology. I enlisted a colleague Dr. Lawrence Cheng—a Harvard trained integrative medicine doctor and yogi who teaches Mind-Body Medicine in medical communities—to present with me. I knew this was going to be groundbreaking.
However, when we listed this course under our Blissology Yoga school’s 500-hr training program on the Yoga Alliance website, we immediately received an email, telling us not to use the words “Medicine” or “Healing” in conjunction with Yoga.
Why is this an issue? Yoga Alliance explains that “the risk comes from suggesting that a yoga teacher or school is diagnosing and/or treating a mental or physical health condition. The words ‘heal’ or ‘healing’ imply this. These claims are within the scope of the practice of medicine and/or licensed health care professions.”
As an alternative to the word healing the phrases “improving health” and “increasing well-being” are suggested.
This meant we had to get creative with what we called the course on Yoga Alliance’s website. Eventually, we settled on “Yoga and Western Science.”
I understand that the medical community does not want people who have graduated from a 200-hour yoga training to describe themselves as healers, or treat someone with a sore back or cancer without the proper medical training nor does anyone want to be legally liable for endorsing someone as capable of healing issues for which they are not qualified.
This graph indicates the increasing amount of scientific research of yoga and meditation in the last decade
Yet, the data about the evidence-based healing benefits of yoga and meditation is increasing with each year. The benefits are so real that it is getting harder to dismiss all yoga as a “quack science.” I would love to see a day in the future when well qualified yogis (and doctors) will be able to claim that yoga is both “healing” and “medicine.”
Will this ever happen? Skeptics do not think so and go to long lengths to tell us why yoga is not healing, or medicine. In his article titled “Yoga Woo“, Stephen Novella, a clinical neurologist at the Yale School of medicine writes, “Yoga is simply exercise plus a lot of ‘Woo.'”
“Yoga, if practiced responsibly, seems to be a reasonably effective form of stretching and exercise. There is insufficient evidence, however, to conclude that it is any superior to any other form of exercise of the same duration and intensity. There are concerns about the safety of yoga, as it often involves extreme stretching or poses that the average person might find not only difficult but physically harmful.”
I’ll share more of my thoughts on this topic in Part 2 of this blog. In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you, what is your opinion? Is Yoga Medicine or not? Should the word healing be used by some practitioners of yoga?
20 minute Park Walk – Stroll off the path and go on a journey. Take off your shoes and feel the earth below you. Maybe even hug a tree or two.
Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #natureappreciation
Wave Rider: An Ayurvedic Green Smoothie
Ingredients: 1 organic pear (or green apple, or a peach: sliced or diced Juice from a freshly squeezed lemon 1/2 organic avocado: sliced or diced 6 – 8 organic spinach leaves or 4 – 5 kale leaves 1 to 2 tsp spirulina 1 heaping tsp extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil, or flax oil, or udos oil 1 cup filtered water 1/4″ chunk of organic ginger (if you need a little more heat, add a bit more to taste) Optional: a pinch of cardamom powder and some bee pollen to sprinkle on top before drinking.
Blend all ingredients together in a high-speed blender.
Add some more water if it is a bit too thick.
Taste for sweetness, if needed, add some raw honey, garnish with bee pollen.
Enjoy this deliciousness a little later in the morning, when the sun is high.
Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #highpranafood
Begin a Gratitude Journal. Write down 3 things you are grateful for in your life.
Compliment a stranger. Tell them something nice to brighten their day!
We’ll start by telling you how awesome you are! You rock!