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Plant Medicine

The following information was submitted by Eileen Daugherty, a student in Karuna’s 500-Hour Five Element Shiatsu Program ,as a part of the Local Herbs and Plants as Medicine component of the training. In this elective to the shiatsu program, students study with local herbalist Chris Marano, RH of Clearpath Herbals. Students take herbal walks and forage indigenous …

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Key Elements of a Kapha Balancing Practice

Some Key Elements of a Kapha Balancing Practice: Choosing the following practices when feeling sluggish, stuck, clingy, unmotivated, tired, depressed…will move you back towards balance.  The more consistently you work with these elements in your practice, the deeper and more sustained the effects will become. –Move your body!  Although it may be difficult to tap …

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Key Elements of a Pitta Balancing Practice

Key Elements of a Pitta Balancing Practice: Choosing the following practices when feeling irritable, defensive, angry, frustrated, judgmental, jealous, resentful…will move you back towards balance.  The more consistently you work with these elements in your practice, the deeper and more sustained the effects will become. –Easy does it!  The flame that burns twice as bright …

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Key Elements of a Vata Balancing Practice

Some Key Elements of  a Vata Balancing Practice: Choosing the following practices when feeling fatigued, stressed, anxious, ungrounded, nervous, agitated, unable to sleep, overwhelmed, indecisive, frazzled, depleted (need I go on?) will move you back towards balance.  The more consistently you work with these elements in your practice, the deeper and more sustained the effects …

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Intro to Ayurveda

The 5 Elements create everything in the universe- including us! • Space • Air • Fire • Water • Earth . The 3 Doshas VATA: Communication + Transportation Space + Air Cold, dry, light, fast, mobile, rough Balanced: friendly, creative, busy, social, upbeat Unbalanced: Anxiety, insomnia, constipation, memory problems
 Treatment: Warm, well-spiced foods, abhyanga, meditation …

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Yoga for your Ayurvedic Constitution

Karuna is currently leading a series of workshops Yoga for your Ayurvedic Constitution. Each workshop is focused on one of the three Doshas or constitutions: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The workshops are co-led by Vanessa Serotta, RYT- 500 and Brooksley Williams, certified Ayurvedic Practitioner. VATA: A Grounding Practice
 Saturday, Aug. 29th, 1-3:30pm PITTA: A Centering Practice
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Yoga in Our Schools

  . ~          I am proud to say that Dr. John A. Provost is our superintendent.  He asked the above question in a letter sent to all Northampton Public School employees, welcoming us to the new school year last August.  I was so struck by the depth and importance of this …

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