Dharma + Dialogues from the Ayurveda Summit
In this episode I speak with some of the top names in ayurveda for the forthcoming Ayurveda Summit.
- Cyndi Lee
- Dr. Gabriel Cousens
- Dr. John Douillard
- Amadea Morningstar
- Acharya Shunya Raichur
In this Episode:
I talk to Cyndi Lee about:
- How we might reconcile feelings of overwhelm when stepping into our Dharma
- Why the big question is how useful or helpful we can be
- Why realizing that everything is interconnected brings a special significance to all of our actions
What we menton is:
- The Buddhist view of emptiness; which is really a container of all that is
To Gabriel Cousens about:
- Ayurveda’s secret of success is its adaptability
- Dosha balancing, touching every imaginable aspect of life
- The art of paying attention; conscious living
What we menton is:
- The concept of ageing as a belief system
To Amadea Morning Star about:
- Understanding that our dietary needs are individual
- Learning how to observe what is true for our own bodies
- Moving from intellectual to kinesthetic learning as an aid to ground and and relax us
What we mention is:
- Why it is fundamentally important to rest and digest
To Dr Dr. John Douillard about:
- Observing the strengths of our children
- The drawbacks of a protective personality
- Helping our children unfold in a protective environment
What we mention:
- Whatever its origin, stress will interfere with digestion, young and old; setting up habits for life
To Acharya Shunya Raichur about:
- The shortcomings of intellectual study
- Our confusion around consciousness and the brain
- The universal and cross cultural application of the Vedas
What we mention:
- Being a guru
Everything we do is connected, and when you think about that it shaves away a lot of stuff.
(Ayurveda) is a moving expression. You select your parameters.
In Western medicine the parasympathetic nervous systems is about rest and digest. If (we tune into) that the digestive system will start to sort itself out.
(Children) start to hardwire a protective personality. We want that personality be as thin as possible.
Everyone who emerges from a gurukulum is a guru
8.40 “Do what do you love. What nourishes you?…. cherish it enough to share it.” Cyndi Lee
12.35 “If everything I do matters, what am I going to let go of?” Cyndi Lee
18.45 “The concepts of ageing are a belief system.” Gabriel Cousens
19.35. “(We need to) trust the intelligence of our tongue as a receptor of taste; we can spit or swallow.” Cate Stillman
22.34 “Getting from an intellectual understanding to a kinesthetic one, helps us ground and relax.” Amadea Morningstar
38.45 “Thank whatever intellectual knowledge you got, because it gave you a very strong background… but we are reducing consciousness to brain and neuropathways… Ayurveda is responding to that.” Acharya Shunya Raichur
44.09 “I am a universal spiritual being who happens to be wearing a sari.” Acharya Shunya Raichur
Cyndi Lee is the first female Western yoga teacher to fully integrate yoga asana and Tibetan Buddhism in her practice and teaching. In 1998, she founded the OM yoga Center in NYC, which became a mecca for yogis worldwide. One of the most influential teachers in the U.S., Cyndi is known for her dynamic and contemplative classes, creative, safe and sane sequencing, smart and soulful teachings — all offered in a non-competitive environment of goodness.
When she’s not on the mat and cushion, Cyndi writes. Her newest book is the The New York Times critically acclaimed May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga and Changing My Mind. Other books include Yoga Body, Buddha Mind and OM yoga: A Guide to Daily Practice. She writes regularly for Yoga Journal, Shambhala Sun, Yoga International, and Tricycle Magazine. Her frequent TV appearances include the Dr. Oz Show; Live with Regis and Kathie Lee; Good Morning America and she has a cameo in Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Want to Have Fun video, which she choreographed in 1983. Cyndi holds an MFA in Dance from UC Irvine and is a long time student of Gelek Rimpoche.
Dr. Gabriel Cousens
Gabriel Cousens functions as a true and complete holistic physician, homeopath, psychiatrist, family therapist, Ayurvedic practitioner, Chinese herbalist, world leading diabetes researcher, ecological leader, spiritual master, founder and director of Tree of Life Foundation and Tree of Life Center US, and best selling author of the books Conscious Eating, Spiritual Nutrition: Six Foundations for Spiritual Life and Awakening of Kundalini, Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine, There Is a Cure for Diabetes, Creating Peace by Being Peace, Torah as a Guide to Enlightenment, and Depression Free for Life. He is considered one of the leading live-food vegan medical doctors, holistic physicians, and the world expert on spiritual nutrition. He is also recognized as “the fasting guru and detoxification expert” by the New York Times.
Dr. John Douillard
Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP, is a globally recognized leader in the fields of natural health, Ayurveda, and sports medicine. He is the creator of LifeSpa.com, the leading Ayurvedic health and wellness resource on the web. LifeSpa.com is evolving the way Ayurveda is understood around the world, with over 600 articles and videos proving ancient wisdom with modern science. Dr. John is the former Director of Player Development for the New Jersey Nets NBA team, author of 6 books, a repeat guest on the Dr. Oz show, and featured in Woman’s World Magazine, Huffington Post, Yoga Journal and dozens of other publications. He directs LifeSpa, the 2013 Holistic Wellness Center of the year in Boulder, CO.
Amadea Morningstar, MA, RPE, RYT, works with Ayurvedic nutrition and self care, polarity therapy, and Integral yoga. She has been practicing in the Santa Fe community since 1974. She is a member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, the American Polarity Therapy Association, and the Integral Yoga Teachers Association.
Acharya Shunya Raichur
Acharya Shunya, who is the founder of Vedika Global, has dedicated her life to the dissemination of Vedic knowledge for the spiritual upliftment of all beings. She is a distinguished Vedic Scholar, and the living custodian of an eminent Vedic lineage from Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India that has been imparting Ayurveda, Yoga, and Vedanta teaching for generations, in the tradition of classical gurukulam education.