DON’T GET SICK, DRINK CHAI
GINGER – fresh grated, promotes digestive fire , burns toxins, stimulant, antipyretic( fever reducer),improves kidney function, stimulates menstrual flow, enhances sperm mobility and blood flow to penis. Called the Universal medicine. – Dr Vasant Lad
TURMERIC – Reduces phlegm, good for all types of indigestion, antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti parasitic and a vulnerary (wound healer).
CARDAMOM- helps to increase digestive power, what we digest creates strength and what we do not digest….toxins.
Helps to keep sinuses clean and clear. BLACK PEPPER- digestion!
Colon, lung and breast cancer prevention. Eases arthritic pain.
Basically black pepper breaks gunk up and helps you move like Ganesha.
CINNAMON – lowers blood sugar levels and provides circulatory power.
CLOVE- Great at fighting infection and reducing all kinds of bodily pains. Clove is also an anti- carcinogen and helps circulation breaking up blood clotting around the heart. Good for colds and coughs and improves digestion.
STAR ANISE – may help with flu, tooth decay, septic shock, cold sores, dementia, mononucleosis BLACK TEA- significant number of antioxidants, reduces cholesterol, increases digestive power, helps prevent strokes, enhances cognition and enhances energy.
I was lucky enough to travel to Haiti in March 2010, 6 weeks after the catastrophic earthquake. I was to assist a Haitian/ Tibetan Monk who practiced a wide variety of healing arts. We were to be traveling around the epicenter about 20 kilometers from Port-au-Prince. We would be setting up free alternative clinics. I would be assisting him, teaching restorative yoga, pranayama and giving mini Ayurvedic oil abhyanga ( massage that primarily works on calming the internal winds and works great on reducing anxiety)
My three wishes that were very clear in my head before I left were to remain healthy, practice yoga and continue drinking Chai. Staying healthy earned number one slot in my supplications. I had desire to be of some benefit. The thought of ending up sick and having someone look after me was unacceptable.
I started a daily yoga practice in 1990 with an extremely awesome line up of teachers; Sharon Gannon, David Life, Ruth Lauer Manenti, Kevin Gardner, Manouso Manos, Robert Moses, Richard Freeman, Sri K Pattabhi Jois and BKS Iyengar. Nairantarya in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali means continuous, unbrokenness, and without stops and it is a descriptive as to how to practice. As a teacher of Yoga I have often seen the difficulties of the opposite. Not committing to a practice is the first cornerstone of disbelief. By some grace, completely unearned I have always dedicated myself to a practice, uninterruptedly.
The third wish I hoped to fulfill felt fairly indulgent and just as important as any addict will understand. Chai has been as regular as yoga asana since the first year I visited Mysore India. I remember drinking it on the street from a vendor who had a traveling tea stall and was often parked right outside of the Yoga Shala. It was indeed sad the few times I enthusiastically went to this Chaiwallah ( one who makes chai) and found his traveling show had moved on. Possibly it was one of these times when I began my studies in the art of chai making.
I flew to Haiti with a huge suitcase filled with herbs, tinctures, oils, naturopathic remedies and assortments of healing gifts from my larger community. I also had a carryon with my yoga comfortable clothes, the works for my chai-a-holism and the wish to be of benefit ….
My accommodation was a tent, I pitched it a decent distance from the house where others stayed. There was a large house where many of our group stayed, I was close enough to feel connected to the group and away enough in the case of collapse. The house had been declared safe and I had witnessed the inspection. It consisted of a man with a hammer who had taken several whacks at a wall and then given it the seal of approval. It seemed insufficient to me but in the aftermath of devastation, people were finding ways to make a living and moving forward from the rubble.
After my first attempt at yoga, I found the outdoor slanted terrace was a better choice than the living area. Rodents had taken up residence in the mayhem of the collapsing of walls and as team members started to awaken and also filtrate the space, my
upside-downess needed a bit more tranquil atmosphere. A space dedicated to practicing in silence with an uplifted attitude has a certain precariousness and if found in a mind then certainly ephemeral.
After my first practice I started snooping around the kitchen and found out how to turn the gas on and requested the person in charge of food to get some milk. Everything else I needed I had carefully brought from home. There I was in Haiti on a mission within a mission, I got the works and that very morning the chai flowed and the dopamine took good care of me.
These morning events continued uninterrupted for the next two weeks until it was time for my flight home. I had some intense times like when the Voodoo marching band played in the middle of the night and the day I was giving oil massages outside in ninety degree Fahrenheit and there was no clean water to drink. Considering what these people were going through it was all just minor challenges and fears arising and passing, things I could actually address and digest.
Desire is often on a list in Ayurvedic lore as the first thing that causes trouble in our life. On experiencing all my wishes granted I have reflected that once in a while our selfish and yes, addictive behaviors might serve the greater good. Maybe you agree? On arriving home I learned through an email from the Monk that everyone in our group was sick from a bug that had penetrated our camp. Everyone! Even those who lived in Haiti that had organized the events were laid down with diarrhea. At the time I thought of one reason that I prevented the realms of booty mess, it was my chai.
there are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground; there are a thousand ways to go home again ~ Rumi
Spring cleaning- doing a 5 day cleanse
Exercise outside. Breath deep, watch your inhale, pause and exhale pause
Chanting AUM, feel it from your pelvic floor rising to the crown of you head.
Kriyas- Kapalabati ( shinning skull ), Agni Sara ( digestive fire wash), Trataka ( eye cleansing) and Nauli ( stomach abdominal massage)- these are only recommended if you have had proper instruction in them and you know contra-indications.
Surya Namaskar #1 , wake up and facing the rising sun, bow 🙂
Shoulder Stand- SaalmabhaSarvangaasana-
many more are there but this is a good start
take rest in corpse pose.
Recognize the turnings of your mind, especially the ruts you fall into and shift awareness to breath.
Inhale, moment, exhale, moment.
Make it simple, set the metronome app and see how comfortably you can inhale X amount of seconds and follow with the same amount exhale.
Inhale 3 seconds, exhale 3 seconds.
If you are feeling very stressed you can extend the exhale 2 or 3 seconds longer for a short time.
Exhale is parasympathetic nervous system.
When waves of fear start to swallow you, gently remind yourself to breathe this present moment.
Feel your body, ask yourself what am I feeling.
I am aware of fear.
I am not fear.
I am consciousness.
Walking in nature
Hanging out more in your yard.
Drink herbal teas throughout the day, keep the fluids moving.
Asking ourselves how we got here and how can I do something right now to change for the better of all.
Food & Herbs for vitality and immunity
Lots of cooked vegetables
Cooked dark leafy greens
Sufficient protein for your body’s needs
cinnamon and cardamom & ginger tea
Beans and grains together
Include spices with your food such as garlic, cumin, coriander, oregano, basil
small amounts of cooked fruit such as baked apples or apple sauce
kitchadhi (basmati rice & mung dahl)
Triphala is a great source because of the Amalaki fruit.
Ashwagandha- Adaptogen helping our immune system
Turmeric- Anti Viral, helps heal tissues
Garlic, Ginger, Oregano, Elderberry, St John’s-wort
Chyawanprash- an herbal paste that is delicious.
Medicinal Mushrooms- Reishi #1 benefit boasting the immune system
Citrus & citrus peel
Black Seed, black cumin
Asfeotida ( hing)
heavy sticky and old food
The information and understanding of the COVID-19 virus infection and disease continues to change rapidly.
I encourage you to make ask your Doctor what may work for you. It is also important to reiterate that there are no clinically evidence-based integrative prevention or treatment strategies for Covid-19 virus infection.
October 13th, 2019 ~CANCELED
Tools and clean body daily detox rituals.
If we chip away at toxins in our bodies and our minds daily we receive a mini daily detox. These are generally practiced right as we start our day and they are the core practice of Swasta Vritta , science of Ayurvedic prevention. They are generally fun and when you start to employ them , they become allies to your vibrant health.
We will practice together and /or the practice will be demonstrated on myself or on a volunteer. Tools available for purchase. $30
We will practice together and /or the practice will be demonstrated on myself or on a volunteer. Tools available for purchase.
7338 east echo lane, scottsdale az 85258- 520-730-6636
October 27th, 2019
Do you know what to eat to balance your constitution this fall season? You will after this class, demo and feast. You will learn about how to pacify the fall winds with food and special spices for digestion and calm. We will make and eat:
Root vegetable kitchadhi (Ayurvedic healing complete protein meal)
How to make Ghee- best digestive fat to cook and detox with.
Date -Mint Chutney
Digestive teas for the Fall
Coconut Cardamom Chia Seed Pudding – with Raspberry Sauce
Recipes, knowledge, laughter and delicious fall balancing food and drink. $30
7338 east echo lane, scottsdale az 85258- 520-730-6636
DINACHARYA – Ayurveda & the Importance of Daily Routine
This class will introduce the wisdom and knowledge of life from the Vedas captured in the wholistic practices of Ayurveda (Science of Life). The focus will be on an ideal daily routine that will aim to keep your body, mind and spirit in balance with the ever-flowing nature of our cosmic universe. When is the optimal time to eat, to clean and detox, when to sleep for the deepest benefit and when is the ideal time and how much is appropriate for making love. Join me for fun discovery about our bodies, proper timing ( rhythm) and daily care in the theory of Ayurveda.
OCTOBER 11, 2019
7950 E Redfield Rd #170
August 17, 24, 31 & September 7, 2019
$35 per class or Class Pass all 4, $85
Yoga practices that connect three epicenters of the body’s vitality; our brain, heart and gut.
Regulating breath, active cleansing, creating specific shapes and mindful exercises will be explained and practiced in each class. Experimenting with practices old and new, Lisa will offer alternate expressions of consciousness that will be unlocked from massaging and synchronizing these organs. Herbal remedies, spices and other enhancers to these organs will also be discussed and often tasted 🙂 A synergistic coordination between the brain, heart.and gut will give us the ripened aspects of life.
Lisa Schrempp has thirty years in yoga training and twenty in Ayurveda (wholistic ancient healing system). In this workshop she will draw from those years of study, training and personal experience. Practices that integrate, detox and rejuvenate the superior intelligence and interfacing of these vital organs will be taught and explained. Each class will include all three organs with special emphasis in their ability to create wholeness and transformation.
August 17, 24, 31 and September 7, 2019
4 Classes $60 Single class $20
The beauty of a well digested opening sequence, Surya Namaskar and standing asanas is that these can be practiced alone to acquire excellent health of body and mind. The foundations are also the keys to all the series of asanas, they are the precursors for the benefits achieved by practicing the basic to the advanced series.
This 4 week series will include the full series of Yoga Chikitsa with devotion to detail and alignment.
My 25 +years of practice with the Jois family and advanced practitioners I feel the message is actually simple,. Ashtanga practice gives tools to remove suffering and pain ( Duhkha). The Yogi through dedication and devotion to the guidelines, sees that peace and radiant health are within and will be revealed through the practice.
Yoga Chikitsa is the traditional starting point to cure the gross ailments of mind and body. This practice initiates a transformation that starts to direct the Yogi to make the most therapeutic changes in their life. To move well promotes eating well and this stimulates a detox of stress and we enjoy ourselves and others in a more loving way. The 1st series of Ashtanga yoga helps one to leave bad habits and return to one’s self. Where does healing come from? It comes from within.
Winter has settled in. Although here in Arizona, she looks nothing like the winters of my childhood. I grew up in a suburb of Chicago. My two sisters and I used to whine to our thrifty father that we couldn’t get out of bed until he turned up the heat, teasing him that overnight icicles had formed in our hair, and, leaving the warmth of our beds, we would surely freeze and he would be left childless.
“Come in, she said, I’ll give you shelter from the storm.”— Bob Dylan, Shelter From The Storm
Interfacing with nature outwardly and inwardly to reap the benefits of a balanced life is one of the most profound gifts of Ayurveda. Through every season, our relationship to nature shifts, and during the winter we may find ourselves indoors more than out. Seeking shelter from winter’s elements is a natural tendency for most beings, and, ultimately, keeps us alive. Shelter is a place or a practice that gives protection.
The Qualities of Kapha in Nature
In the winter, the qualities of cold, cloudy, damp, heavy, slow-moving, and dark affect our physical and mental experiences. These qualities may provoke kapha imbalances, leading to more mucus and bronchial congestion, which in turn may create greater respiratory discomfort and complaints. Mentally, without the appropriate activity and supportive diet, the season may invite loneliness, isolation, intense emotions, and lethargy.
The quality of cold is generally constrictive, and this aspect of winter constricts the skin, pores, and connective tissues. Through this constriction, our bodies retain the heat that would normally be dispelled through these tissue layers. When heat is drawn in from the periphery, this may heighten agni (the digestive fire), increasing hunger and the desire for more wholesome foods. In this way, winter’s cold can act as a catalyst to find the things that sustain us, supporting quality nourishment and a robust immune system.
Our diets and routines will also naturally shift, as the darker days and slow-moving quality of winter allow for a gentler and slower daily rhythm.
Winter mornings can sometimes bring an accumulation of kapha dosha, manifesting as congestion or general heaviness. The following is a kapha-pacifying tea recipe* recommended by my teacher, Dr. Lad:
½ teaspoon ginger powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
Small pinch of ground clove
Add to 1 cup of hot water, let it steep, then strain and drink.
*This is not recommended for those with elevated pitta. If you’re not sure if pitta is elevated, take the Ayurvedic Profile™ quiz.
The Sanctuary of Self-Care
One of my favorite shelters is the Ayurvedic practice of abhyanga. Abhyanga is a traditional method of oiling the skin, scalp, and orifices of the body prior to bathing. The oil may be a simple, organic Sesame Oil, which is slightly heating, or you may make or purchase an herbal oil that will boost the power and efficacy of the practice. Ayurveda believes this practice helps to protect one from inclement weather, unhealthy atmosphere, wrinkles, dry or rough skin, fatigue, and sluggish digestion. It also supports the nervous system and helps to promote restful sleep. Another name for the practice of oil massage is snehana. This word also means love. Self-love and acceptance are greatly increased by abhyanga, and this love is the first doorway to true spirituality.
Warm Your Body
Harmonizing with the season is as easy as what many of us learned in our childhood when someone who cared for us dressed us appropriately. Wearing a hat in winter can keep us a whopping 40 percent warmer. Covering our ears is extremely helpful as they are vulnerable to cold weather and wind. There are many tiny bones in the architecture of the ears which can easily be disturbed by the cold wind.
Even in sunny Phoenix, Arizona, my very recent new home, there have been many gray days. During winter, gray is a dominant color in nature, as well as white and black. An easy way to counter these dominant monotones is to bring in some warmth by wearing clothing that includes orange, red, and yellow tones; eating foods that contain these colors; and by participating in activities that warm your soul. These are enlivening to the visual and physical senses and help to expand our feelings and awareness.
A heavier winter diet and more restful hours spent indoors are nicely paired with bold exercise that promotes circulation. Ayurveda says this is a time to move and build strength and power through exercise—this provides the body the ability to shed the accumulation of dark, cold, and heavy tendencies. Warmth promotes circulation, and circulation promotes joy.
Warm Your Heart
Inviting friends over to gather around a fire is a wonderful activity for the extra hours of dark and cold outside. Eating homemade soups and stews and drinking draksha, an herbal wine that improves digestion, is a recipe for fantastic winter relationships! Creating a relaxed home atmosphere to connect with friends and family repairs and regenerates the heart. Other practices that can give refuge from the weather are developing a meditation practice, reading literature that engages the spirit, and paying attention to dreams. Of course, these activities are not exclusive to a great winter, but they do make use of the natural invitation of the season to turn inward.
About the author
Lisa began studying yoga in 1985 and has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 1992. After studying with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois she received Sri K Pattabhi Jois’s blessing to teach in 1997. In 1998, Lisa moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to study Ayurveda with Dr. Vasant Lad. Relocating to Tuscon, Arizona in 2002, she began a formal Ayurveda practice and, in 2012, she founded Ashtanga Yoga Tucson. With over 18 years of experience in Ayurveda, Lisa is a seasoned practitioner and has studied extensively with Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Sunil Joshi, Dr. Anil Kumar, Dr. Robert Svoboda, and David Life and Sharon Gannon. She also holds a Yoga Therapy Certificate from B.K.S. Iyengar. Find out more about Lisa by visiting her website.