“Plants bring us the love, the nourishing power of the sun, which is the same energy of all the stars, of all light. These cosmic energies emanated by plants thus nourish, sustain and make grow our own astral body. In this way the existence of plants is a great offering, a sacrifice.”
-Dr. Vasant Lad – The Yoga of Herbs



ASHWAGHANDA | withania somnifera

Rasa: bitter (tikta), astringent (kasaya), sweet (madhura)
Virya: heating (usna)
Vipaka: sweet (madhura)
Prabhava: aphrodisiac, rejuvenative, increases ojas
VK-P+ (in excess)
Dosage: 2-8 grams per day with warm milk, 10 grams as protection from radiation.

Medicinal Uses: Adaptogen, rejuvenative, tonic, nervine, aphrodisiac, astringent, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant.
Adaptogen, nerve exhaustion, emaciation
for general debility and sexual debility (mixed with shatavari for sexual impotence)

Rejuvenating to the vata sites in the body, bone marrow and B/T production.

Superb for treating chronic anxiety.


MACA | Lepidium meyenii

Rasa: sweet
Virya: warm, moist

Prabhava:
VKP
Dosage: 1-2 tsp. And up to 2 tbsp per day, break for two months, use a different adaptogen return.
Andean root and tuber crop.

Medicinal Uses: Increases the production of estrogen, testosterone,& progesterone, improves quality and motility of sperm, helps with symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, fatigue, chronic fatigue, osteoporosis, anemia, irregular menses, memory loss, adrenal fatigue. Maca is an immune tonic and a nutritive, used by theIncans for centuries. Red maca treats prostatic hyperplasia. Black maca higher in sugars, riboflavin & iron. Amino acids, saponins, alkaloids.


TULSI | HOLY BASIL | Ocimum sanctum

Rasa: pungent (katu), sweet (madhura)
Virya: warm

Prabhava: rasayana insure personal health, spiritual clarity & well being
VKP
Dosage: 40-60 drops 3 x per day, daily use is okay!

Medicinal Uses: used to treat situational depression, such as depression caused by a traumatic event. Adaptogen, antibacterial, carminative, diuretic, antidepressant, expectorant, galactagogue, antioxidant. In other words, it treats gas, ulcers, cramps, colds, influenza, coughs, sinusitis and protects from radiation and ADD/ADHD.


REISHI | Ganoderma lucidum

Rasa: bitter (tikta)
Virya: warming (usna)

Prabhava: ‘spirit plant’, good for people with disturbances to sleep and with anxiety, 6 types (blue/green, red, yellow, white, black& purple) each having a unique quality.
VK-P
Dosage: 80-100 drops, decoct: 1-2 oz. 32 oz. H2O, caps: 3 500-100 mg 3x daily
Medicinal Uses: adaptogenic, nervine, sedative, deficient qi, weakness, fatigue. Studied extensively, reishi is known to be an immunomodulating mushroom, that helps patients with immune dysregulation. It also assists with allergies. Stimulate 5 fold cancer fighting compounds. Treats altitude sickness. Lowers LDL & VLDL cholesterol and triglycerides, treats asthma caused by allergies, inhibits platelet clumping, hepatoprotective, and antiviral.


SHATAVARI | Asparagus racemosus

Rasa: sweet (madhura), bitter (tikta)
Virya: cooling
Vipaka: sweet
Prabhava: “she who possesses a hundred husbands”, a female reproductive rasayan (rejuvenative).
V-KP or ama in excess
Dosage: 250 mg -1 gram

Medicinal Uses: Adaptogen, antibacterial, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, demulcent, anti-inflammatory. Used to treat debility of the female organs: infertility, impotence, menopause, diarrhea, dysentery, stomach ulcers, hyperacidity, dehydration. A rasayan for Pitta and should be prepared with milk and ghee. Thirst relieving, fluid protecting powers. Soothes and calms Vata, with stiff joints & neck, muscle spasms. Lung tonic, galactagogue, immune tonic.
Used to treat anemia, vaginal dryness, dry skin and lack of libido (low estrogen).



AMERICAN GINSENG | Panax quinquefolius

Rasa: sweet (madhura), bitter (tikta)
Virya: slightly cool, moist

Prabhava: endocrine amphoteric and adaptogen (both immune stimulating & anti-inflammatory effects)
V-KP
Dosage: 3-9 gms

Medicinal Uses: adaptogen, antioxidant, bitter tonic, mild central nervous system, mild demulcent, hypoglycemic agent, immune amphoteric, corrects the dysfunction of the immune system (people who constantly catch colds). Chi tonic, demulcent, expectorant. Enhances erections. Stimulates stomach acids.



LICORICE | Glycyrrhiza glabra; Leguminosae

Rasa: sweet (madhura), bitter (tikta)
Virya: cooling
Vipaka: sweet
Prabhava:
VK+P-
Dosage: 250-500 mg.

Medicinal Uses: demulcent, expectorant, tonic, rejuvenative, laxative, sedative, emetic.
Licorice works as an effective expectorant. It has a synergistic quality when mixed with other herbs and is sattvic when added with ginger and cardamom. It is very nourishing to the adrenals glands!

You should use precaution if you have hypertension, edema or high Kapha. It can inhibit absorption of calcium and magnesium, and therefore should not be used often by women in perimenopause, menopause or people with osteoporosis/osteopenia.


ASTRAGALUS | Astragalus membranaceus

Rasa: sweet (madhura)
Virya: warm, moist
Vipaka:
Prabhava:
V-KP
Dosage:

Medicinal Uses: Spleen Qi tonic, wasting and thirsting caused by tuberculosis or diabetes, treats asthma, coughing with phlegm, cures 5 kinds of hemorrhoids, used to stop excessive sweating and nights sweats. Enhancing immune system function, wei qi deficiency the protective energy that prevents illnesses in Ayurveda is known as ojas. Illnesses like, mono, pneumonia, coxsackie B. Combined with milk thistle, schisandra, turmeric for hepatoprotective qualities. Improves cardiac flow.

Precautions: theoretical concern about using astragalus as an immune potentiator along w/ immunosuppressive medications. Use cautiously together


GUDUCHI | Tinospora cordifolia

Rasa: bitter (tikta), astringent (kashaya)
Virya: hot (usna)
Vipaka: sweet (madhura)
Prabhava:
VKP=
Dosage: 250-500 mg.

Medicinal Uses: Useful during recovery period after infectious diseases. Rejuvenative for Pitta (taken w/sugar), taken w/ ghee reduces Vata. Overall reduces ama which is a build up of toxins and oxidative stress that over time creates sluggishness and a suppressed immune system. Febrifuge, alternative (blood cleanser), diuretic, aphrodisiac, bitter tonic, antirheumatic. Best herb for enhancing immune function, used for Chronic Fatigue and A.I.D.S.!!

Precautions: use w/ care during pregnancy


RHODIOLA | Rhodiola rosea

Rasa: sweet (madhura), slightly bitter (tikta), spicy/pungent (katu)
Virya: cool, dry
Vipaka:
Prabhava:
VKP
Dosage: 40-60 drops, 1-2 tsp. Dried sifted root decoct 8-10 oz water steep 15 mins 3x daily, 2-4 capsules per day.

No drug interactions known*

Medicinal Uses: Cooling adaptogen (good for Pitta), unlikely to cause overstimulation, enhances alertness. Combined with cordyceps, reishi and holy basil for ADD. Treats amenorrhea & infertility caused by hormonal imbalances or stress. Because of its broad reaching effects it can be used for Alzheimer’s, cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, diabetes and congestive heart failure


CORDYCEPS | cordyceps sinesis

Rasa: sweet (madhura)
Virya: slightly warm, moist
Properties: adaptogenic, antiasthmatic, hepatoprotective, hypocholesterolemic, immune system amphoteric, nephroprotective, sedative
Vipaka: usna slightly warming
Prabhava: immunostimulating polysaccharides
V-KP
Dosage: 20-40 drops up to 3x daily

Medicinal Uses: Used to treat deficient Yin and Yang in the kidneys from either excess physical exertion or debilitating disease. Infertility and healthy sexual functioning. Helps to improve lung function and lowers cholesterol.



Dear Friends,

My heart is breaking I can barely eat, sleep or teach. As I was emotionally railing over my son leaving for college, as I was feeling the threat of an empty nest and all the changes and implications that come with this seemingly major life shift… my dear friend, Stardove’s, 19 year old son Koshari was senselessly murdered on Molokai, a blow to the head by a complete stranger, no known motive or affiliation (Koshari Waits). I fell to my knees. I have my son, he’s alive… while her firstborn is dead.


Stardove & Koshari 1996

This comes on the wake of the shooting in Santa Barbara by Eliot Rodger and the senseless cries that drown out the tragedy that scream for rights to be armed. I watched the entire video of Eliot’s self named retribution it has since been taken down from You Tube, he is a tragic, lost, self-possessed individual, overcome with grief turned into rage, misdirected by mysogyny and social myths; isolated by mental illness, entitlement and blame. He is one of many victims of a society steeped in the illusion of what we call social ‘norms’ -materialist expectations of suceess and achievement based in objectification, the acquisition of trophies (beauty and stuff) of which sexism, mental illness and rage are all a by-product.

Meanwhile, the ice caps are melting, Fukushima is threatening to extinquish the human race and people are watching TV, eating poison -or- alternatively they are smugly eating organic food in their massive homes and living the lie of complacency generated by the corporate machine, buy this, wear this and don’t notice your mind has been hijacked by commercial images and excellent marketing strategy.

Yoga plays into this, it plays into notions of spiritual superiority and exceptionalism…not us, but them. PLEASE WATCH Michael C. Ruppert, part 6. A fantastic quote by a realized being Adyashanti ‘You can use meditation to fall asleep as well as WAKE up. It’s time to WAKE UP! Don’t you agree? Playing by the established set of rules no longer works for any of us.

I don’t say this to upset or depress you, if you’re reading this you are likely of the same mind when it comes to the outrage you feel for the general asleepness of the world at large. I say this to rally you. Our concerns for stuff and image are more than a minor flaw in the human condition, the media and all the bullsh*t notions of sucess and togetherness it relentlessly stuffs down our throats is more than marketing strategy and business as usual. It’s a poisenous infection to our collective health, safety and well being as humans. As we kill each other the machine is eating us alive, the SUV’s and monstrous houses we live in are our coffins.

So, Yoga world are we going to use our voices -or- are we going to promote another corporate Yoga brand to promote ourselves and our injured ego’s?

Are we going to fall prey to the machine and let it swallow us whole and along with it the opportunity for change..the chance to give a platform to the ideas and concepts that could save our planet and the human race.

I’m sure as F*@K not!

Maya Angelou
Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops, Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?

Don’t you take it awful hard ‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame I rise
Up from a past
that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling
I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.



Dear Friends,

The most common reason people give for not joining the Yoga & Rock Climbing Retreat is a fear of heights. The second most common reason is, ‘I have never climbed before’.

A few summers back a woman joined our group who had an extreme fear of heights and had never climbed before. My dear friend and guide, Bobby Ferrari worked with her all day until she felt safe, she’d go up a foot come down, she tested the ropes, she tested Bobby’s commitment to her, she went three feet up and came back down, she did this all-day with Bobby patiently instructing her footwork. By the end of the day she climbed to the top! I wish I had captured a picture of the joy on her face, the elation from having overcome her own fear. Wouldn’t you like to feel this free?

For some of us it may not be a fear of height that holds us back. Perhaps, its simply a resistance to stepping out of the routine, a hesitation to try something with new people. The Gunks are spectacular! The climbing meets all-levels, from advanced to beginner. Please don’t let fear or resistance keep you. If money is an issue email me I’ll work with you.

We spend so much of our time racing around, this mini getaway will recharge you, reset you inwardly with the rhythm of nature and bring you back into a space of presence and gratitude, reminding us of the simple joys that life can offer.

We have a great group forming. All that’s missing is you!! I hope you can make it.

With Love,

Colleen Lila
Yoga & Rock Climbing Day Retreat Baby Nataraja
The Gunks, New Paltz, NY
w/ Colleen Breeckner & Professional Climbing Guide’s from High Xposure

Fee: $170 (includes park entrance fee, climbing, & yoga)
Location:
Peter’s Skill Area
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
New Paltz, NY 12561
Time: 8-5

Namaste,
This is my 6th season hosting the, Yoga & Rock Climbing Adventure Retreat in New Paltz, NY!! Here is what you can expect; we’ll arrive in New Paltz at roughly 9:30 a.m, begin our day with a brisk morning hike alongside the mountain stream in Peter’s Kill, past the mulberries to the top of a rocky cliff where we will practice Yoga for about an hour. After Yoga, we will enjoy picnic lunches followed by an early afternoon meditation by a waterfall. The climbing guides will arrive at 2 p.m. and assist us in what is called a ‘top rope’ climb on -beginner to intermediate terrain.
NO FEAR!
Your climb will be lead by professional rock climbing guides. The High Xposure guides have undergone extensive training and teach regularly to people of all ages and ability. No experience necessary, the High Xposure guides regularly introduce people to climbing. All levels are welcome.

Yoga & Rock Climbing Day Retreat Dates:
July 9th & 30
August 6th, 13, 20
*PLEASE NOTE* weekend dates will be made available, weekend rates are significantly higher.

**Private group adventures can also be arranged with a minimum of 4 people per group. Group rates vary depending on peak or off-peak (weekday).

For more information or to register contact, Colleen at: colleenlilayoga@gmail.com

(m) 203-313-4281
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