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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Practical & Sustainable Yoga Mats & Clothes - Explained

Best guidance for Hatha Vinyasa / Restorative Yoga / Meditation classes taught in an urban yoga studio. 

NOTE: This advice is NOT from a HOT YOGA STUDIO.



CONSIDER THIS WHEN BUYING A SUITABLE YOGA MAT

The yoga mats we recommend are based on the type of practices we teach at Seva: Hatha Vinyasa, Restorative Yoga and Meditation.

Since the lessons focus on developing strong foundations from feet up, what this means is that your mat needs to offer a high level of steadiness while you are moving or standing still. Mats that are both sticky on the floor and under your feet or hands, work the best. 

The next thing we value greatly is comfort when in floor postures, either on knees, hands, belly or back where it supports your body weight. You want the mat to offer just the right amount of thickness which can absorb your body weight without sinking to the floor.

So we recommend you consider a yoga mat with these specifications:

Note that sustainable materials will always be the most durable and eco-friendly
So choose one made of Natural Rubber / Jute / High grip rubber
4mm to 6mm Thickness 
1-2.5kg in Weight
Minimum cost: $75 +

Here is a site with some reviews of the kind of mats that are quite popular with the above specs: 

https://www.reviews.com/best-yoga-mat/ 


TIPS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING YOGA CLOTHES:

There are many schools of thought on yoga clothing and at Seva we value practicality and sustainability most, when recommending the correct clothing for practice. This applies to both men and women and we recommend you consider the following tips;


#1 While there are many fitness clothing brands, chose the ones that fit well, are durable and promote comfort and confidence. Eg: if you feel that you get hot very easily, wear a singlet underneath your full sleeve top. And for ladies, you can opt to a crop top under your singlet / tshirt / long sleeve top. You are allowed to change out of and into whats right for you, in class. But over time, this fluctuation in body temperature will reduce, so you won't need to worry about this for too long.

#2 Always choose materials that are fitted and flexible which assist in feeling light and mobile.

#3 Choose natural fabrics that are suitable for the warm or cold season, ones that allow you and your skin to breathe. 

#4 If you're attending a Restorative or Meditation class, chose clothing to support stability in your body temperature which will support your focus while still. Clothes that promote a natural warmth but not overheat or cool you.

#5 Avoid Synthetic and Polyester fabrics because they trap sweat and become breeding ground for bacteria on clothes and body.

Here is an article on fabrics used in fitness to consider before buying:



Remember: You don't need much to practice yoga and the attire and props do not define you as a practitioner. However from a pragmatic sense, the correct attire and accessories do assist and support, should you chose to invest with the right intention and clarity. 

Many get swayed by appearances in magazines and websites but Practicality and Sustainability will always help guide you when you chose the ones right for you. 

Practicality refers to suitability of the item for the type of activity you will be participating in and Sustainability refers to being both good for your health and how long you will be able to use those materials. 

Practicality and sustainability don't need to mean the cheapest or the most expensive. You can define what they each mean to you by just starting wherever you are right now, on your yoga journey. Then work your way to the best for where you want to go next.


Did this help you? 

If you have questions or comments, share them below so we can have a conversation about this.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Why Is Being Present So Hard?

Hi my friends,

One of the chief complaints with many of my clients is about the unending mind chatter they find themselves in. This is also a big issue as it becomes a cause for relationship breakdowns, communication barriers, limited self expression and loss of joy in life.

It's a commonplace for many experiencing difficulty being present in personal, spiritual, professional activities because of this never ending chatter. And if you look this up you will find many names for this issue like depression, anxiety, stress disorder, schizophrenia and on and on and on.

Has diagnosing helped with the problem yet? What about the medication? Have they helped dissolve the overactive mind's nature to be overactive? Have we been able to medicate without distorting the person's energy and spirit? I am yet to find the perfect example. Not saying medicine does not help but the question is not about the diagnosed condition. The question is about how did the mind get in that condition in the first place? And just to clarify I am here sharing my personal opinion from my own experiences and from having worked with clients that helped me arrive at my understanding of the cause.

And very commonly I found it to be; DISCONNECTION from a very early age.

As one grows and matures, they start to notice their inner uncontrolled mind's way, a growing disconnection appears within their life, their storyline, body, mind and spirit. These minor fractures in connectivity to one's whole self, can also show forms of conscious adaptive behaviors, coping mechanisms, unconscious behaviors and then behavioral patterns to being some acceptable way, that neither changes nor improves the situation. Fear starts to make itself more visible, anxiety increases and everything becomes conditional.  Eg: I'll be happy if ____ when ______.  Or I will do it when I have ______. Or I can't, not me. Or If s/he does this then I might _____.

When we look at ourselves so closely, having accumulated decades of experiences, is it of any wonder there are so many thoughts and beliefs that need our attention and review? But where most people chose to back off or distance themselves is when they feel guilt or shame arising from not feeling Okay in life (especially being a grown adult)!

Of course education on self-awareness, personal development is never on anyone's priority list since the common man's story is systematized from birth to death starting with academic development, to increasing the net worth, growing the blood line, and keeping up appearances on what's working better than ever.  Also because we are not encouraged to seek education on how NOT to dump our stuff on others and practice self-care and be better friends, partners, colleagues and parents.

And sooner or later, the patterns of disconnection do dominate and sabotage success or forward movement.

So what's the solution? CONNECTION. It's also a rite of passage! If you believe you were not born to work, pay bills, and feed mouths and sleep through life only. If you believe that you were born to learn, grow, love and serve, then it is a rite you will be called to take. Yes, your inner / higher self will call you out. The inner chatter will get louder till you do something about it. 

Establishing a Connection to your personal life, storyline, body, mind and spirit is a rite to reclaim personal power, integrity and sovereignty.

Connection is also the fundamental pillar of increasing health in all areas of life like finance, career, relationships, vocation, spirituality, business and creativity. But it takes special effort and willingness to develop and open our hearts this way.

So all and all, this article is about understanding and thinking differently to pave a way from disconnection to connection. To invite ourselves to become friends with the inner chatter. Getting out of the falsehood that some day the volatility will vanish in one swoop second. That some mystical experience will take away all the disconnection we have been cultivating by and without choice in all this time.

Ever since I can remember realizing the urgency to respond to my inner chatter's call, I have invested multiple thousands in dollars and hours for developing myself, educating myself for my mind and body. To have cultivated a strong heart to create a life that supports my well being despite the storyline I was born into. And I want you to know that its available for you too.

The dividends come in many and unexpected ways and I am so grateful to get to share with you this possibility of deeper connection with yourself. Allowing your higher self to guide your steps, breaking the ties with disconnection and growing stronger from within.

All my programs are tools of self-awareness and personal development to creating a different mind, body and life trajectory. And if you're curious - go to www.sevayoga.com.au or send a message with your questions.

What did you think of this article? Please comment below with any questions you have or if you had any Aha moments of your own.

Much love,
Supriya Roy (Ayurveda Practitioner, Yoga Teacher Trainer)



Monday, August 12, 2019

Are you Practicing Or Performing yoga?

Hello my friends,
Scorpion pose / Vrschikasana

Have you ever thought about how the advanced yogis can do a scorpion pose so effortlessly? Think back, maybe you dismissed it thinking "Ah, that'll never be me" and forgot about it?

Okay how about something in the media? Have you thought about how Oprah became one of the most influential women in the world? What about the players in your favorite sport team? How do they keep winning all those games? Last one! That role model at your workplace or your circle of friends? Do you wonder how they manage to show up 110% every single day?

Would you believe me if I said: Because these people are special, born with super-powers, with special privileges over everyone else? Or would you believe me a little more if I told you that it took Oprah many failed attempts to find her personal best, and that every one that shows up extraordinarily today has had to put in their own personal practice to be the person they are with such ease. I have a suspicion you'd believe me if I confirmed that the extraordinary level of presence does not happen overnight, nor is it accidental.

You might say "Of course Supriya, we all know Rome wasn't built in a day" and "That's why I don't really think about these people too much because I don't have that much time to practice like them".

There is another insight to the act of practice and I recently found a great example through an interview I watched on classical Indian music. Arijit Singh (one of my fave) an acclaimed indian singer said that he would never perform classical songs, because it is not for performance to an audience. His guru would never allow him to perform while he was still in training because he went on to share that what is for the audience will always be judged and during a practice we are not doing it for anyone else but just ourselves. Lastly, he said what he sings to practice (classical music) is to understand music, and it is not something the audience has the right to hear.

Proof of extraordinary performance lies in the quality of practice.

We were assigned to instruct Parramatta Eels for a whole year. Before starting we expected to be working with athletes that were ready to tackle yoga poses like they tackle their big games.  Much to our surprise, most of them had long term injuries and they needed to be taught yoga poses that helped them manage and improve their healing process. What we noted was that these guys would literally spend 90% of their time practicing, starting from the break of dawn, working with many specilists developing as athletes, and only 10% of their time was spent in games. You all know the rest (I don't) but I'm sure they're a very successful team people can count on.

How can we learn from this?

The awesome yoga videos on Youtube or your yoga instructors are not in practice mode when they are showing you the form. What you don't realise is that there is a personal practice behind the finished product. This is the intelligent way to do things, in any role. It helps prevent injuries and tiring trying to be the teacher and everything else in life. Right?

Then why is it that we forget that our regular practice time is NOT a demonstration?

Yoga is not a supplement for anything else. It is a self-awareness program. Your time for practice is to learn about yourself, how you can better understand your own emotions, energy, body and mind. The more time you spend in practice you get better at listening to yourself and become a better partner to yourself.

We often come to the mat with baggage from our day and automatically start pushing the body in and out of yoga poses, the same way we got to class, without even batting an eyelid. Don't get me wrong yoga poses, the form is an important part of the practice too. However you are not a machine, and you are not performing for a show. Your time on the mat, is that sacred time, to check in, re-fill and return to balance.

On the mat, let your guard down, especially with yourself. Hot Tip: when you are in practice mode, you are not in a place where there is a haste of getting out of the pose. Unless you're in the wrong place. You can change your pose, and should be able to hold steadily for as long as instructed, calmly  breathing. So how you set up your mentality matters since auto-piloting is very close to performing.

A yoga practice - be it for a beginner, intermediate or advanced practitioner will always allow room for self-reflection, comfortable breathing and stability before any further progressions are taken from a very safe place of connection to the body.

Connection is everything. Yoga is not a race toward another fancy yoga pose (that comes and goes). But its developing a readiness, a quiet confidence and trust in one self to hear instructions correctly to keep moving forward, steadily. Then you can bet you will sustain your growth and development in whatever you put your mind to. You won't just be a one hit wonder :)


You might be seeking different information on how else yoga can transform your life, your practice and the way you see this world. I'm sharing my 13 years of experience in a yoga teacher training program starting this September. If you've been practicing yoga under a teacher for a couple of years and feel these queries within, you can head over to THIS SITE to see what the course entails and Apply ONLINE. Applications close 10 September 2019 and the next one will commence in 2020.


Please share your comments below and share if this article was useful to you. Has it helped you understand yoga or your practice? Did you have any Aha's reading it? I would love to know.

Thank you for allowing me to share my insights with you.
Supriya Roy (Ayurveda Practitioner & Yoga Teacher Trainer)


Thursday, July 18, 2019

3 Tips to Improve Your Yoga Inversions

Hello my lovely yogis,
Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya
I'll be teaching a workshop called 3 Yoga Inversions in August and there I'll be showing you how to improve your inversion practice in 3 easy ways.

We will learn to apply my 3 tips to each inversion and hopefully you will feel safer, confident and encouraged to take 1 more baby step toward your personal inversion practice.

Tip #1 is STABILITY:
This is a MUST with all inversions since one of the worst enemies of an inversion is that wobbly feeling. So the number 1 practice for when you're on your neck, hands, arms or head is learning how to stabalize the parts that wobble.


Tip #2 is COMFORT:
When it comes to feeling comfort in inversions, you might be thinking "is that even possible?" Yes, when you know that it's a mind trick. Just know that Tip 1 is all about creating that physical comfort and the rest of the discomfort is coming from your mind. If you don't mind your mind, it will give you all the grief. So you must train it to keep the attention from going toward fearful thoughts of landing on the person next to you, face planting or toppling over to the other side.

Tip #3 FOCUS:
Ultimately all inversions are designed to improve your mind body focus. Don't be fooled into thinking you won't lose your focus. In fact, you will need to work even harder at it. So make sure you remember this, just in case your mind thought that by doing an inversion you get focused - no, it's a chance to develop your ability to focus. :)


Well my friends, I hope to see you at the workshop where I'll be teaching you how to put these tips into action in 3 variations of yoga inversions. Hopefully we will try a Headstand, Forearm Balance and Handstand and come out feeling like the books say we should: THE KING / QUEEN OF ALL YOGA POSES.

Workshop will be held at 9am on 11 August 2019 at Seva Yoga studio, Parramatta

>>> By the way, let me know if this article helped you. I'll be sharing more along the way as I have been teaching this stuff to my trainees and students and thought to share it here as well.
>>> Did you like this blog? please give it a like and share it
>>> Got a question? Post it here and I'll write back.

Supriya

Saturday, December 29, 2018

2 x Ayurvedic Recipes that are Cooling, Low Cal, High Protein, Pitta Balancing & Tasty

Hello everyone,

Happy Summer-time in the Southern Hemisphere. I happened to be at Bunnings the other day and the lady working in the fans department shared that we will be expecting 40 degree days most of summer. My Pitta heart sank hearing that but at the same time, I felt excited to get to eat all the summer foods, that are great for me. So I've listed below 2 of those recipes.

Sago / Tapioca is typically great for cooler weather, but because of its sweet post digestive effect it offers a satisfying effect for Pitta dosha and when made dry-style great for Kapha dosha too. This dish is possibly aggravating for Vata dosha as its quite dry and drying but in summer everyone can enjoy it if served with a side of spiced buttermilk drink, Takra (recipe below), which will help with best digestion.

Tapioca is astringent and starchy and will have a lightening and drying effect so make sure you stay hydrated.

SABUDANA (SAGO/ TAPIOCA) KHICHRI

Ingredients:
1 cup of pre-soaked Sago pearls
2/3 cup of roasted peanuts, ground with black pepper and salt to taste (my teachers tip)
2 small boiled and cubed potatoes  (Note, in this picture I used bitter gourd)
1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
8-10 curry leaves
1 green chilli chopped
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 tablespoons of grated fresh coconuts
1/2 to 1 teaspoon raw sugar
1/2 to 1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 tablespoon of ghee / vegetable oil
rock salt as required

Method:
1) Mix the coarsely ground roasted peanuts and black pepper with the pre-soaked Sago pearls
2) Heat the oil / ghee in a fry pan and fry the cumin first, till they crackle and brown. Add the cury leaves, chopped ginger and chilli until the raw ginger smell goes.
3)  Add the potato and saute
4) Add the Sago pearls and keep stirring, till they lose their opaqueness and become translucent which means they are cooked. Avoid overcooking because they will stick or become lumpy
5) Add the fresh grated coconut, lemon juice and mix all of it well

When serving, garnish with a slice of lemon and some chopped coriander leaves.

It's best served warm.

TAKRA - Ayurvedic Buttermilk drink

Ingredients:

1/4 cup fresh cold yoghurt
3/4 cup purified cold water
1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
1/4 teaspoon chopped coriander leaves / cilantro
1 pinch rock salt

Method:
1) Blend the cold yoghurt for 2 minutes and add the cold water to blend again on low for 2 minutes more
2) Collect and discard the fatty froth from the top
3) Add the 3 spice and herbs and stir in just enough to mix them in evenly.

This drink will balance most doshas and is perfect to improve gut health. Only drink this in the day.

Its best served at room temperature.


Now I usually steer clear from sharing recipes because food is like medicine for some while poison for others. So please don't over do it with any of these dishes. And when you learn to eat Ayurvedically, your diet consists of a variety of foods to support your health and goals. So, just a warning that the sago khichri is not to be had daily.


On another note, let me know how you went making these dishes and if you enjoyed them.


By the way if you don't know what your dosha is, I will soon send through a quiz.

Hope you are enjoying the holidays and have your plans ready to make 2019 count!!

Supriya Roy (Ayurveda Practitioner, Founder of Seva Yoga)

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Set Up For Success in 2019 - My 5 Step Health Goal Setting Process


I'm really sorry that I couldn't host this online as originally intended. But here is the DIY version of my very quick 5 steps to Health Goal Setting process.It should'nt even take more than 60 minutes if you really block the time out for it.

But first, let's connect. Are you one of them who ARE feeling the pressures to up your game in 2019? And feel like 2018 didn't even start the way you planned it back in December of 2017?!!

Or are you half knowingly putting a band aid over things by saying "I'm choosing not to stress. i.e. I'm just going to ignore my shortcomings in 2018 and give it my total best in 2019. It's my year, and I already have my action plan from 2018 ready to go".

Well, I wanted to share with you that neither versions are unnatural because end of a year is always a time for making sense of things to celebrate and draw inspirations from. But just the word GOALS can stir up turmoil in some... so I thank and honor you for reading this far on.

Looking back on my journey, I completely avoided setting goals. It wasn't till I turned 29 that I started to look back and reevaluate my time on this planet. Yes some call it Saturns Return and I had also lost my father. I started to ask for more from my life. Deep inside though I was actually really afraid of failing and feeling let down thinking I'll just give up anyway. Because that's how I knew myself when it came to my health.

Over the years I've been able to overcome my fear of failure by taking 1 step at a time. At 29 I realized that our time on earth is limited and that it was time to take meaningful action to make this life count. It's the value that drove me to learn setting goals in my life. But the goals had to feel right, exciting, inspiring, and that helped me learn and grow into a better version of myself. Learning to set goals also taught me the skill to turn my ideas and dreams into realities infused with my intentions. So I understand if the word goals triggers an emotional response from you, but my goal setting process is something I'd love you to try BEFORE you set your SMART or actual goals.

This 5 step process is a culmination of the common thread of teachings I have learned from my mentors in Yoga, Ayurveda and business development. And that is to start with identifying the Intrinsic values. So there's no 1 name to this process because they each have said it in their own way. And I have learned to create 1 quick process to use daily. It has worked for my clients, and myself and my day to day actions is governed by this process. So I hope it will help you too:

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Think of the last 12 months and write down:

1) What were the top 5 improvements / achievements in your mental / physical health this year? Eg: You might write down a pose you achieved but also write down what was the shift / special energy you felt that marked it a highlight.

2) What did not work in maintaining or achieving your health and energy goal this year and Why?
Eg:
1.What didn't work is getting up at 6am for consistent productive days at work, because I was going to sleep at 12am. Or
2. I caught the common flue 6 times this year and that affected my performance and experience everywhere.


3) From right now, Decide who will you no longer Be? Write down at least 1 for each lesson learned at point 2.

Eg: Lesson 1. What didn't work is getting up at 6am for consistent productive days at work, because I was going to sleep at 12am. = I just don't deprive myself of sleep.

Lesson 2. I caught the common flue 6 times this year and that affected my performance and experience everywhere. = I apply correct self-care to prevent getting the flu.


Not I'm no longer willing to stay up later than 12am or I just prefer not to stay up late. Make it as specific and powerful as
I'm just not _______. 
I don't do _________.
I am never ________.
I am not ________.

4) Who do I want to Be when I am in my truth? Select 3 to 5 words that resonate with, for who you want to BE in your day to day activities. Then in 2019 daily set a reminder in your phone or on a journal with messages like:

I am in my truth when I am being Loving, Kind, Generous. Or
I am in my truth when I am Connected, Joyful and Influential. Or
I am in my truth when I am Supportive, Generous, Self-caring.

Pick 5 of your personal values that will motivate you every single day.

Mine are Joyful, Grateful, Courageous, Self-Partnered. And I feel into it everyday when I do my journalling as part of my morning routine.

Now you have a reminder to help you show up as the person you want to BE.

5) Give your health and energy a rating from 1 to 10 with 1 being least satisfactory to 10 being amazing:

10 is for your health and energy supporting all your endeavors, goals and dreams in your life. You are emotionally balanced allowing yourself to feel whatever needs to come up, without stifling or being overwhelmed by it and can accept your emotions without judgement. You exercise 5 days a week, your diet and lifestyle are aligned to your body-mind-energy constitution for the season. And you feel confident, cared for and connected to your body, mind and spirit.

Then write down 1 inspired action you will take TODAY toward improving your health rating. And daily write down / acknowledge / celebrate that 1 thing you did that helped you align to your health goal. Lastly, set yourself another inspired action goal for the next day (you can repeat each one every day if it made sense).

Examples of inspired action could be:
-Take yourself for a 1 hour walk outdoors.
-Switch off all electronics 1 hour before bedtime.
-Do a shopping list of groceries to match your Dosha in this season, so you can start eating right, right now.
-Identify what do you need help with most? Remember you are not meant to do it alone.

Okay my friends, that is it!

Along my journey, I have found taking a values based approach to setting measurable goals have really helped me scale my health and achieve long term success. Once I decided on my values, my path got super clear and results came much faster. I have also found feeling confused is a sign of lacking this direction and so knowing what was truly important, and practicing to BE more of who I am in my truth is what has helped me most along my journey.

Of course if you didn't know I am running a Health and Practice Mentorship in 2019, which is going to be all about living a lifestyle based on values and setting real measurable goals following the Yoga and Ayurveda frameworks. For the handbook and more info send me an email HERE

While I've yet to write an article on Ayurveda, can you let me know one thing? If you could sit down 1 on 1 with me and ask me a question about your Health and Energy; What would you ask? What are you struggling with? What would you love help with?
Send me an email HERE

And if you have feedback on my 5 step goal setting process or wanted to share how you found this article. Please do, your feedback matters a lot. Of course hearing it in person rocks! But feel free to share it with others and leave a comment below as well.

All the best for the rest of 2018, if I don't see you.

Supriya Roy (Ayurveda Practitioner, Yoga Teacher Trainer & Founder of Seva Yoga)



Monday, November 26, 2018

How I described Seva Yoga to Julie Owens our MP


I had the opportunity to meet with Julie Owens (member of parliament) a couple of weeks ago and you might be wondering why, so I'll tell you quickly.

photographed by: Balzinder Balz
I simply needed guidance from someone that had their finger on Parramatta's pulse and were deeply invested in the community's greater well being. I had met Julie Owens a few times at the local festivals and always found her to be interested in promoting multiculturalism. I found that she saw things from a broader perspective and was highly appreciative of the diversity in Parramatta. So I wanted to reach out to her for some guidance for how I could connect better with this community with the services we offer at Seva.

Our name Seva itself means self-less action and the tag line Compassionate Action is a mindset to serve from a place of having felt our own pain to offer connection to others in a meaningful way. Yoga and Ayurveda have always supported me to care for myself compassionately and I personally think that with the rise of the digital age there is a huge shift toward the laptop lifestyle. This is where its more convenient to do things via a screen than in person which is why there has also been a bigger demand for yoga and alternative self-care education. The education needs to be made available to everyone so they become empowered and know how to support their personal lifestyle with skills and awareness which keep them connected to their body and emotions at all cost.

Even though Julie recognized me, she needed some clarification on how Seva Yoga is different to other studios and alternative arts in the area. She said she had recently met with "Traditional" yoga and "Hot" yoga studio owners from the area and that they were indeed very different from each other, and while I felt sad she had not yet come to visit us, I knew it was my fault for not having advertised our studio better. So I gave her a brief run down on what we are doing differently to respond to the need for better education in mental health and self-care in the community:

1) I explained to her that Seva Yoga is an independent brand of yoga. It is offering mentored training programs that teach students how to integrate yoga into daily life, which goes beyond just the physical practice. Its a brand that promotes an individualized and holistic approach to mental health; an issue our generation is uncomfortable talking about until it goes out of hand. What we mean by individual branding means is that while there is a lineage we borrow our practices from, we follow a person centered protocol to teach ways to adopt individualized practices through mentoring and developing relationships.

2) We offer Ayurveda and Yoga in our curriculum both as regular practice and therapeutically. This means it is a full circle practice and pathway for holistic health care. It considers that to be able to practice and benefit fully from Yoga, we don't practice harder poses without the right preparations. To meditate we don't just keep sitting through pain and distractions. But we begin to take the practice beyond the yoga mat. There has to be an awareness to diet, mindset and lifestyle that prepares and keeps the body in a state to practice yoga and meditation. This is what makes any or all the difference to the person in the long run. Traditionally Yoga is taught 1 on 1 and this is the reason for it. Otherwise we are all like hamsters on a wheel, running the same wheel day in and out.

3) Lastly, it's always been about connection and community at Seva. Whenever possible and successfully throughout the years we host events, completely free to the public and our members. We believe in inclusivity, family, collaboration and involving the community in celebrating life, health and spirituality. Diversity is a big part of the scene at Seva and we appreciate that everyone's culture has so much color and richness that we each can learn from.

During our conversation about the attention to diet and lifestyle, Julie shared about her own morning routine, and tips on how to peel a boiled egg without getting the shell stuck. She mentioned that she mentors other busy people to embrace being inconsistent and okay with self-care (which I will write about on another article) and on the topic of self-care I got to share with Julie how to make gas free lentil curry  :) :) she loved the science of it (aka Ayurveda).

She said she will come and visit us but told me to focus a little more on connecting with the right audience in the area.

So it was helpful to meet her in that I came away knowing just how different we are to other studios in the neighborhood. So in 2019 I will focus on raising more awareness of our studio in this way  while continuing to run the holistic self-care programs we already run for Corporations and Individuals from Beginners to Masters.

So, I was wondering if you've been reflecting on your yoga journey at Seva at all? Do you feel that you could support yourself better by improving your knowledge on self-care? My only advice is don't put your health at number 2 of your priorities list. If you have any questions, I have some time this year during the week days to chat with you. So feel free to book in a free 30 minute discovery call to know more about our programs or just what you can do right away to support your well being journey.

Our Programs in 2019 to help Personalize Self-care are:
*Private Ayurveda & Yoga Consultations - 2 hour
*200 Hour Practice & Health Mentorship
*500 Hour Certified Integrative Yoga Teacher Training

Supriya Roy (Ayurveda Practitioner and Founder of Seva Yoga)

Hey, if there is something you think we do differently to other studios, and its not mentioned here, let us know HERE