This week I’m going to blog daily, focusing on herbalism and recipes and a taste of what goes on behind the scenes, behind the raw cacao. Enjoy!
So, here’s a little visual on my self made Cigfy summer reading list. As I’m now into my 2nd year of studying herbalism, I’m becoming a complete text book nerd. My favorite time to study is on Saturday nights. Who would’ve ever thought? I haven’t watched a t.v. show in about a year. Not one. My kids sometimes ask me to join them to watch a Cupcake Wars on the Food Network. And my husband really wants me to watch Dr. Who or The Walking Dead with him, but I pass. I know I’m missing out on pop-culture, but what can I say? I want to read.
(Now can you tell which books are the Vata, Pitta, Kapha?)
While I’m studying Western Herbalism formally, specifically for Women’s Health, I’m absolutely passionate about Ayurveda. Have you heard of it?
I don’t recall how I first learned about Ayurveda, but I’m sure it was through my excitement in practicing yoga. In Ayurveda there are three doshas (constitutions). They are Vata (wind), Pitta (fire), and Kapha (water). Everyone has a little bit of each in them, their routines, their passions. But one is dominant and another one is likely to knock you out of balance.
My education in Ayurveda is maturing. At first, I thought it was all about the dosha, find the one you are and talk about it a lot, to anyone who will listen. Then, a few years later, I learned that Ayurveda is herbalism! Lots of herbs like ashwagandha (I love saying that), gotu kola, and tulsi. That was when I shut my mouth. Phase three (that’s where I’m at now), Ayurveda is a compassionate balancing act throughout your life. Transforming! To really simplify it, those three doshas are in our body and in the people around us and in everything we do.
How does this apply to Cigfy?! Hmmmm, how do I explain this? I love routine and schedules, that’s all Pitta. The burning fire to get things done! Such as waking up at 5:30 am to get yoga practice in before the kids wake up. Baking and making chocolates is the Vata. I’m on my feet, imagining, tasting, dancing like a butterfly non-stop till the recipe is done and chocolates are forming. The Kapha? That’s me studying. I sit down! Yep. Just like a calm body of water, I rest and sit and read. That’s until the vata kicks up a wind and the pitta starts the pulsating urge to make another plan.
Now, do I sound like a nerd? (It’s really ok if I do)
Take a moment and see if you can find what the Vata, Pitta, Kapha are in your life.