Growth and Transformation on the Path of Ayurveda with Kate O-Donnell
I love these juicy conversations with author, lecturer, and yoga instructor, Kate O’Donnell. Today, we jump right into how our awareness expands and changes as we dive deeper into the studies of yoga and Ayurveda, and how we can expect ourselves and our physiology to change and evolve on our growth paths. There is a greater sensitivity that we begin to notice in our bodies as we move into a deeper attunement with nature and the universe. We intuitively begin to move away from over processed foods, scary movies, loud music, late nights, and over indulging in the things we used to find pleasurable. We learn what it feels like to be truly healthy at a deep, cellular level and what it means to be seated in the self. We learn that some resistance to new routines can be a good thing and that the clear, peaceful, grounding of energy of sattva is much more nourishing than the fast-paced and stimulating energy of rajas. Join us today in this fascinating podcast to learn about your growth path and where your yogic path is taking you.
What you’ll get out of tuning in:
- How can you expect to evolve, as someone who practices yoga and Ayurveda?
- What are the gunas and how do they play a role in our lives?
- How a bit of mental and physical resistance can be a good thing.
Links Mentioned in Episode:
- 1:45- Cate Stillman and Kate O’Donnell discuss how life can change and what can be expected on our growth paths as we continue to practice and study yoga and Ayurveda. The body’s sensitivity changes and expands as we age and gain life experience; our tastes for food, drink, movies, music, people, etc. morphs as our physiology uplevels and the word ‘pure’ takes on a new meaning.
- 18:15- In order to fully learn something, sometimes we need to take 2 steps forward and one step back. We chat about the ‘gunas’ and what the qualities of sattva, rajas, and tamas mean and how these energies play out in our lives.
- 26:30- The energy of tamas and its tendency towards complacency. How a sattvic, calm, still, peaceful state of mind is different from a tamasic, complacent, or lazy way of being.
- “Your physiology has the technology to live in such a high level of resonance that you can tell if something is a fit or not a fit immediately. ”-Cate Stillman
- “True confidence comes from being seated in the self.” -Kate O’Donnell
- “Paying attention to how we eat actually is a spiritual practice. It’s part of our evolution“ -Kate O’Donnell
- “Who do I want to become more of that is so fully resonant with who I am, and who am I meant to be next?” -Cate Stillman
Kate O’Donnell is an author, lecturer, and senior yoga teacher. She wrote two popular cookbooks, The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook and Everyday Ayurvedic Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind. A nationally recognized Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ashtanga yoga teacher, Kate is a founding member of the Boston Ayurveda School and adjunct faculty for Kripalu School of Ayurveda. She continues her travels to India annually for study and teaches internationally.
Connect with Kate on her website and facebook page.