How to be more Grounded

Being Grounded 

In our modern society, it can be hard to be grounded and centred.

Our days are a mixture of technology, frantic energies of the busy city or shopping centres, and rushing from here to there. More than ever before we are finding that we are living more in our heads. Our thoughts running a mile an hour and our nervous systems are on high alert (whether we are aware of it or not)

It is no wonder we are finding it hard to be grounded. 

Before I go on, lets just quickly chat about the idea of being grounded. To me, there are two definitions of what being “grounded” means. 

  1. Grounded: Being connected to the earth. Grounding your roots to the earth. 
  2. Grounded: Being calm and in balance with yourself. To be centred and focused. 

To me, these are pretty much the same thing. When you ground to the earth, you are also grounding within yourself: and vice versa. To me, being grounded is just being centred and connected to the now. I find that when I am not grounded, I am space-y, my nervous system goes a bit haywire and I am all over the place. Sometimes I don’t even notice I am in this state, as it usually builds up over time. For me personally, things like being in front of my screens (laptop/phone), being on a plane, or being in a place like a shopping centre: are all things that lead to me feeling un-grounded. 

When I am grounded: I feel peaceful, solid, strong, and able to think without the monkey mind coming to play. My creativity and ideas are able to flow with ease, and my thoughts are rational and calm. 

I have found these few tricks easy ways to help me re-ground to myself and the earth when I become un-grounded. 

Being in Nature 

This may sound obvious, but sometimes I actually find it hard to be in a natural environment when I am un-grounded. I am so in my head, (which is usually racing with thoughts), that my mind can’t stand being in the calming nature vibes for too long. As the old saying goes: it is like I have ants in my pants, and I just cannot stop and BE. Being grounded, helps us be in the now; rather than when we are all in our heads, where our mind is usually racing towards something(s) in the future or dawdling its feet kicking dust about in the past.  When we connect into nature, we help re-balance our energy and connect into the natural flow of the rhythm of the earth. 

Tip: Walk around in a park, at the beach, or in your backyard. Pause and be mindful. If you can, take off your shoes and let your bare feet touch the earth or water/sand. Use your different senses to connect. Touch the leaves, let the sand fall between your fingers. Smell the flowers, listen to the waves. Just enjoy. 

Breathe 

When we are un-grounded we often forget to breathe deeply. Often we are in such a rush that our breath becomes shallow and we don’t even realise. There are many amazing breathing techniques out there – I would recommend speaking to your local Yoga Teacher or Health Expert. 

Trick: This is a simple technique that I personally use when I am feeling un-grounded. It can be used anywhere at any time. I have done this on planes, in movie theatres, shopping centres etc.     Focus in on your breath. (if you can, shut your eyes) and take a deep breath in for 4 counts, hold the inhale for 4 counts, let it go for 4 counts, and hold the exhale for 4 counts.   Repeat 5-10 times, or until you are feeling grounded.

While doing this, I like to imagine my energy travelling down to the earth and connecting into the heart of the earth. To let my roots travel downwards, deeply and strongly, helping me to stand tall and stable. With each inhale, I imagine beautiful grounding energy from the earth travelling up from the earth into my feet, flowing into my body with each breath; and with each exhale, I let go of any stress or negative frantic energy, and release it back down into the earth to be naturalised.

Food 

Hooray! Yes, food is an easy and delicious way to help you feel more grounded. Eating heavier foods such as veggies grown under the dirt (rather than on a vine etc), and foods like meats, can help us to feel grounded once consumed. When you are feeling ungrounded, it is best to avoid things like alcohol and really dry foods like popcorn. This is because, (in accordance with Ayurveda), these foods have a higher percentage of the element of Air in them, and this will not help in grounding you down. 

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Tongue Scraping

Do you use a tongue scraper? When someone first introduced me to a tongue scraper my first week of studying Ayurveda back in 2015, I wasn’t that keen. But now? I can’t even imagine going a day without using this beautiful tool! 


In oral hygiene, we all know that we need to brush our teeth. But out of the whole mouth, our teeth are only 1/3 of it! So why are we only cleaning 1/3?! Scraping the tongue daily helps to remove any built-up toxins (ama) and other coatings that builds upon the tongue.

Tongue Scraping is such an easy yet powerful way to help cleanse the body daily. Our tongue plays an important role in our health. From it, we can see what is happening in the body (stresses, mal-nutrition, imbalances) and is one of the first points in the digestive system. When we clear our tongue daily, we improve our ability to taste and be satisfied with our food.

HOW TO USE:


Using a tongue scraper is easy. First thing in the morning (before consuming any liquid or food) brush your teeth, then use your tongue scraper. Hold it gently at the back of your tongue and pull forward, scraping it along the tongue to the tip. Do this 7-14 times, depending on the condition of your tongue. Wash the scraper and see all the muck that was accumulated on your tongue. Rise your mouth afterwards. You can also do this practice after each meal.

Copper tongue scrapers now available at the Clinic. 

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A Simple Ayurvedic Checklist for Good Health

People sometimes can feel overwhelmed when focusing on their health. So here is an easy Ayurvedic checklist you can work off to help guide you in living your day with love, peace, vitality and a grateful heart.

  • Start your day with rinsing your face with cold water, tongue scraping, and drinking warm water (feel free to add in some lemon!)
  • Before breakfast, take time to honour yourself and this new day by practising Gratitude, Meditation and Deep breathing/Yoga.
  • Eat a medium breakfast, larger lunch and small dinner. Sip on ginger tea beforehand to activate your Agni (digestive fire).
  • Eat foods that are in season, bring you joy, are wholesome (so not processed or full of artificial ingredients) and that is best suited for your personal state of health (to learn more on this, book in for your Ayurvedic Health Coaching session)
  • Connect with nature. Take time during the day to align yourself with the natural flow of the planet. This could be walking barefoot on the grass or sand, sitting under a tree, listening to the birds or bees, or even just taking in the beauty of the tree outside your office window)
  • Move that booty! Even if it is just a walk around the block, 10 mins of exercise makes a huge difference!
  • Find a way to nourish and connect to your Mind, Body and Spirit. Do something daily that brings you growth and joy.
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Ayurvedic Beauty Tips

“There are 3 types of Beauty: Inner Beauty, Outer Beauty and Lasting Beauty

~ the kind that doesn’t fade with age.”

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Ayurvedic Beauty Tips. 
These are a few of my favourite tips to help you shine brightly inside and out!


1. Know your Prakriti. When we know our Dosha type, we get to truly understand what works for us in terms of our personal genetic makeup. (To learn what yours is: book in for an Ayurvedic Health coaching session!)

2. Work with the Seasons. The seasons not only influence our diet and mind but also our beauty routine. What you are doing during winter won’t necessarily be what we are doing in summer.

3. Dry Brushing. This is such a beautiful and invigorating practice. Using a natural bristle brush, start at your feet, massaging upwards in a circular motion towards the heart. Not only does this help with exfoliation and creating smooth skin, but it also helps move your lymphatic system, helping to remove retained fluid, toxins and can help reduce cellulite.

4. Self Abhyanga (self-massage). This is a lovely daily practice to be done with warmed black sesame oil. (Depending on your Dosha type and season, other oils can also be used. Check with your Ayurvedic health coach!) Massage your entire body (Including your hair if you are about to wash it!) with the nourishing warm oil, really focussing on connecting to your body with love and nurturing. This helps boost skin radiance, decreases stress in the mind and body, deeply moisturising and has many health benefits.

5. Rosewater. Rosewater is my number one go-to for beauty. I use it for toner, perfume, hair infusing, and calming room spray. You can buy this from Indian groceries or from the Indian food section from coles or woolies. I put mine into a little spray bottle and have it with me at all times. Bliss!


There are many other amazing Ayurvedic Beauty tips and tricks around for helping you glow in your natural beauty – inside and out. If you are having concerns about anything like acne, dry hair, or other beauty concerns, book in for an appointment. 

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Incompatible Foods

In our modern day society, especially here in Australia, we LOVE our food. Our social connections are dominated by food. Catch up for brunch? (avo smash anyone?) How about an alfresco dinner with family and friends – fire up the barbie (BBQ) and bring on the potato salad. Or even just some popcorn at the movies or a takeaway coffee on our morning walk. Food is a huge part of our social life and our life in general. We love our food.

But the question is:

“Is our food loving us back?”

The problem with our “foodie” culture – especially with the rise of the insta-foodie; we are more concerned whether our food looks amazing, rather than if it will make us feel amazing. There is so much information out there telling us what to eat, how to eat it, and what not to eat. The problem is: so much of this advice is conflicting. Like seriously, where do you start and who do you believe? Back in the day, we were told that drinking soft drink was good for us (seriously…) and that oil was bad for you, but now it is good for you? It is no wonder we are confused. My biggest advice when it comes to our food is trusting your intuition. Tune into your body and notice how food makes you feel. Do you feel sluggish after eating, or do you feel satisfied and energised? Another thing that can confuse us in choosing what to eat, is all the diets and fads that we get bombarded with daily. Do I go Paleo or Vegan? Should I try the Ketogenic diet or go all Raw?  A thing I truly love about Ayurveda is that does not have a one-size fit all approach to health and diet. We are all individuals, with our own personal genetic and energetic makeup. This means that what might work well for your friend or partner, won’t necessarily work for you.

 

One thing we often do not consider when thinking about how healthy food is for us is the combination of the food. We often think about the nutritional value and how much protein vs carbs there is, which is important of course. But thinking about what foods we are actually combining together to form our delicious healthy meal, is just as important. Not all foods should be eaten together. In Ayurveda, we call these the “wrong foods” combination or “incompatible foods”. These foods should not be eaten together, as they can cause toxins to build up in the body, or cause things like indigestion etc.  Whether we are eating out or making our meals, it is important to keep these food combinations in mind*.

* Quick side note: Something I have noticed people do when discovering these food-combinations is, that they become so fixated on avoiding them, that they create stress and guilt in their relationship with food. Please note these are guidelines, and to not punish yourself if you do have a combination on this list from time to time. Remember our thoughts and energy are just as important as our diet, if not more important.

Incompatible / Unhealthy Food Combinations

  • Lemon should not be consumed with yogurt, milk, cucumbers and tomatoes.
  • Grains and Melons – Melons digest faster than the heavy grains – which can cause indigestion and ama.
  • Milk and Meat Products  – Any type of meat (fish, beef etc) should not be mixed with milk. Milk is cooling while meats are heating.
  • Honey – Honey should only be taken uncooked. According to Ayurveda, when you heat honey, it turns into a toxin (ama). It also weakens/destroys enzymes, vitamins, minerals, etc.
  • Milk/Yoghurt with fruits – unless cooked (such as stews apples and pears). Fruits digest at a different rate from dairy products, which can cause indigestion and ama.
  • Milk and Banana. Yes, I know this will be harder one, especially for smoothie lovers! However together these two lower Agni (digestive fire) and produce Ama (toxins). This can cause allergies, congestion, coughs and tiredness to occur.
  • Milk and Melons – Melons are a fruit that should nearly always be consumed by itself.
  • Vegetable starches and Fruit – Fruit is a simple sugar, while starches are a complex sugar – which means they will digest at different times. Avoid eating these together. eg. Potatoes with fruit.
  • Nightshades (which are eggplants, potatoes, chillies, tomatoes etc) are not to be consumed with melons, cucumbers, milk + milk products.
  • Eggs should not be eaten with meat, banana, yogurt, melons, cheese, fish or milk.
  • Corn should not be eaten with fruit.
  • Salt and milk together should be avoided due to opposing qualities in the two.
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8 tips to help you get the best out of every meal

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When it comes to food it is not only what we eat, but also how we eat that plays a big part in our health and well-being. Our thoughts and our environment have just as much of an impact as the actual food we put into our body.

Here are a few tips to help you get the best out of every meal! 

 

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1. Before eating, take a moment to pause. Take a few deep breaths and give thanks for your food. This prepares your mind and body for the coming meal.

2. Avoid eating in stressful situations or on the move.

3. Avoid drinking cold liquids just before or during a meal, as this will dampen your digestive fire.

4. Avoid liquids in general during a meal as this can water down and dilute your digestive juices.

5. Chew each mouthful slowly. Putting your cutlery down after each bite is a great way to focus your attention on the mouthful you have rather than mindlessly swallowing to fit the next mouthful in.

6. Be mindful. Take in the beauty of your meal. Notice the smells, the tastes, how it looks, and how it feels in your mouth. This helps us to be in the moment and connected to our food.

7. After eating, give yourself time to digest for a few minutes before heading off to the next thing.

8. And lastly, truly enjoy your food! When we are eating things that we don’t like (even when they are healthy and good for us), this can have a negative impact on what we are eating and the effect it will have in our body.  Since our mind and body are one, when we think negatively about our meal, this causes our body to react negatively towards the food we’ve eaten, through indigestion and poor absorption. So bring love and joy to each meal, and let your food truly nourish you inside and out.

Every time you eat – is an opportunity to nourish your body.

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Ayurveda Tips for Daily Health

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Ayurveda is one of the oldest holistic health practices in the world, originating in India with over 5000 years of written tradition and many more before that, being taught by word of mouth. Ayurveda is a powerful and healing modality yet many people have no idea what Ayurveda is, or have even heard of it before. Pronounced A – ur – vay- da, this health care system is more than a mere system of treating illness. Ayurveda is the science of life, which literally comes through in its name: (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge).

Ayurveda is a beautiful philosophy which supports us as a whole being. It incorporates the need for balance of our Mind, Body, Soul and Sense Organs in harmony together and with the world around us. While Ayurveda is an ancient practice of healing in the Eastern world, it is still in its infancy stage in the Western World, especially in Australia. So if you are unaware of Ayurveda or are still growing your knowledge around this amazing healing practice, then let me give you a quick overview and a few tips to help you along your health journey!

The Ayurvedic approach to health treats everyone as an individual and works to heal and bring balance to your Mind, Body, Sense Organs and Soul. We are all born with a specific constitution, or Prakruti, that determines our physical, physiological and mental characteristics. Our Prakruti is based on the balance of the Elements Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth within us at birth. These elements are grouped into the Doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. When we know what our Dosha balance is, we can determine when we are out of balance and how to bring ourselves back into alignment and well-being.
Ayurveda teaches us to live a life that is full of Love, Joy and Connection to ourselves, and the world around us. It shows us the impact of the #noguilt philosophy; which is based in the knowledge of how our negative feelings of guilt (and other negative emotions) influence our health, wellbeing and beauty – from the inside – out. It also teaches us how we are created and designed to be unique in who we are, and to avoid the mentality of “one size fits all”.

In Ayurveda, we acknowledge that what happens outside of our bodies also happens within. Ayurveda works with the seasons and our environments to create optimum health and longevity in our lives. 

 

As we move through life, we are influenced by our environment, diet, the seasons, the climate, our age, and many other factors. These then can influence the balance of the elements within our bodies, which in turn can affect our health, energy level, and general mood.

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For so many of us, when asked, we all say we want to be healthier. To lose that extra weight we are carrying around, have glowing healthy skin and to feel our energy levels rise. They say that new years is the most important time of year for gyms/fitness centres, as their membership’s spikes dramatically, with everyone rushing to kick start their health goals for the New Year. Yet let’s be honest here, how many of us actually stick to these goals? By the time Autumn comes around those health resolutions have been long forgotten. A big reason these health resolutions often fail is because most of the time we are following a “one size fits all” approach, instead of following a routine that will work for our body.

Discovering which Ayurvedic Body type you are – Vata, Pitta or Kapha – will help you to understand what works best for YOU in designing (and maintaining) the best health and beauty routine to meet your wellbeing goals!

Each body type has its own way of maintaining health and beauty, from exercising to eating, and how it reacts to different types of situations (such as seasons). What works for a Vata person won’t work for a Kapha person… and vice-versa. To find out more about your body type and how to nurture your mind and body to help it flourish with well being then book in for an Ayurvedic Consultation at Wholesome Living Ayurveda.

While we are all individual in our health and well-being journey, there are amazing Ayurvedic tools we can all use in our wellness/beauty routine. An easy way to learn and see the benefits of Ayurveda in your life is by using these simple techniques and incorporating them into your daily experience.

Abhyanga Massage (or Self Massage) – Abhyanga is a beautiful Ayurvedic oil massage that you give to yourself daily. It is an amazing way to start your day, as you take the time to lovingly nourish your mind and body connection. Heat up some Black Sesame Oil (you can use any oil, however some oils are better than others for your specific body constitution – eg. Coconut should be avoided for Vata and Kapha Types.) Then massage and coat your entire body, from head to toe, spending around 2 minutes on each section of your body. Afterwards, let the oil soak in for 15 minutes (if you have time), then either have a bath or shower to wash off the excess oil. (Ensure you wash off any oil from your feet before stepping in the shower/bath, so you don’t slip!)

Tongue Scrapping is another great way to give yourself a simple cleanse every day. So much bacteria builds up over night in our mouths – and so it is important to clear this away before eating or drinking anything – otherwise you are just putting this straight back into your body! (yuck!) When you wake up, before consuming anything, give your teeth a brush and then use your tongue scrapper to clear off any left over toothpaste and all the “junk” that made itself at home on your tongue overnight. Tongue scrappers are so easy to use: Just put the curve piece of the scrapper towards the back of your tongue and firmly (but gently!) scrap it forward along your tongue. You may need do this 2-3 times (or more) to get everything off your tongue; so remember to give it a quick rinse in between each scrape. A lot of people find they actually have a better ability to taste their breakfast after doing this.

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A few other Ayurvedic tips and tricks to help you feel the best you can each day: 

Drink warm-hot water, especially when you first wake up. This kick starts your digestive fire and gets your digestion moving and working properly. You can also do this before meals; however avoid drinking during meals, as this will water down your digestive fire/juices!

Eat for your Body Type. Ever wondered why some people do so well on a diet and others don’t? One of the reasons for this is because these diets don’t take into account our different body constitutions. (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) For example, people who are Pitta types can handle foods that are cold/raw such as salads (as they have more fire/heat within them to break these down). Kapha type people would find this meal very unsatisfactory as it would leave them feeling very hungry and cold.

Tune into the natural flow of the Earth. Try rising with the sun each morning. You may find this hard at first, but don’t worry, your body is naturally aligned to follow the suns daily journey. You may start to feel a real difference within your mind and body when you start this practice, and it may even turn you into a morning person (if you are not already!). Waking with the sun, will also help you to fall asleep earlier. Try going to sleep before 10pm, as this is the time our bodies are naturally inclined to fall into a deeper, more restful slumber. Try this practice for a week and see the difference it makes in your day to day life. (Let’s be honest, it is much easier to rise with the sun on a warm Melbourne Summer’s morning, than in the dead of Winter!)

Here at Wholesome Living Ayurveda: I am here to help you on your health journey, to help you radiant and glow from the inside out. Bringing balance and health to your Mind, Body and Soul with one of our many amazing treatments. These treatments will help your skin shine, your energy increase and that extra winter weight to hit the road. ~~ Click HERE to see more about our treatments and sessions.

For more information about Ayurveda and your specific body constitution, please feel free to email me at wholesomelivingayurveda@gmail.com and remember to follow me on Instagram @wholesome.living.ayurveda for daily tips and wisdom on Ayurvedic Living and Beauty.

If you are unable to come into the clinic, but are still very interested in learning more about Ayurveda and what this beautiful holistic health system can do for you this year, we also have Skype consultation sessions available. 

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