20 Jul 2018
In a high pressure society driven by over-achievement, trying to find a life of balance and living at peace with ourselves can become a challenge. We often want to be the best version of ourselves, but trying to juggle it all can lead to us to crash and burn.
On this pathway to perfectionism, we can find it is paved with habitual tendencies and 'rituals' – they can either be beneficial to our well-being or, whether we are conscious of it or not, may not be serving us purposefully and contribute to an inability to reach a sattvic (balanced) place. Finding a ‘life of balance’ allows us to live our lives peacefully and should be the goal of practice. The starting point to help attain this is with a bit of svadhyaya (self-study).
Ayurveda is an effective science to turn to as it promotes the consciousness of becoming more self-aware and provides us with an ability to dissect our prakruti (individual's unique constitution), discovering what way we sway more (dosha wise). Once we can see common themes occurring, we are then able to implement practices (self- care, eating, physical, mental activity and so on) to help achieve balance.
Maria Garre, is a great example of this. She is the founder and director of the The New Mexico School of Yoga, who has woven together over 20 years of experience in biomedical sciences, philosophy, yoga and ayurveda to deliver practical and inspirational information that is accessible to all. She is a sought after teacher, educator and innovator that guides practitioners worldwide through lead training courses and retreats. Her Live in Balance courses and wellness consultations are transformational programmes inspired by her 15+ years of study with core teachers, Vasant Lad and Shiva Rea.
In this feature, Maria shares a few words about why balance is the goal to achieve, and her own experience along the path.