The sound AUM ~ arises from ether, ether in action is the air element, action creates friction and heat, through friction and heat, arises light, followed by fire… fire liquifies, creating vapor water, water then flows and becomes solid earth. Based on these principles the body generates and creates, it does so most effectively when in balance. Seasonal rituals are created to aid our bodies in adjusting to seasonal shifts in temperature, moisture, sunshine and diet to make these periodic transitions smooth. We achieve this by shoring up the immune system through a combination of nourishing practices, that are individually applied based on deficiencies or excesses in any of the five elements in the body.

Ayurveda is the overarching structure by which specific Yoga asana is prescribed. Ayurveda, is the tradition from which the art and science of sequencing and breath practices are informed. Both meditation and Yoga asana are key aspects in Ayurvedic lifestyle practices.

While meditation has the ultimate goal of enlightenment, for the everyday householder meditation has additional goals of increasing sexual vitality, mental acuity and overall radiance. Life force (prana), radiance (tejas), and vitality (ojas) are the measuring sticks by which Ayurveda assesses physical and mental wellbeing.

An experienced practitioner will examine an individual through the Astavidhi Parikshan which includes the examination of: pulse, eyes, urine, stool, skin, tongue, voice, build, to determine the state of prana, ojas, tejas and the distribution of the five elements.



Prana- the vital force that maintains the respiration of the cell. Prana is the flow of intelligence in the cell. Prana governs all higher cerebral activity. Prana governs the biological functions of the other two essences. Prana is carried by the fluids in the body and is the vital energy we take in not only through foods but through liquids and through breathing. Prana is responsible for enthusiasm and expression in the psyche without which we suffer from stagnation and depression.

Tejas- intelligence of the cell. It is the essence of the heat we absorb , not only through our food but also through the skin, where we absorb sunlight, Tejas is fed through visual impressions. Tejas governs mental digestion and absorption, without which we lack clarity and determination. Tejas has subtle energy, and heat, we rise because of tejas. Tejas helps us get to a transcendental state, without tejas there is no awakening. Tejas unfolds the intelligence to burn past life karma. It is the light of your true nature that burns brightly.

Ojas- essence related to vitality and immunity. The pure essence of the bodily tissues (dhatus), it is a protoplasmic, biological substance, not a romantic concept. Natural resistance to fight infection. Ojas must be strong to avoid invaders or chronic illness. Ojas is influenced by the power of agni, which determines digestion and the quality of assimilation. Ojas is fed through the sensory impressions of taste and smell. Ojas provides psychological stability and endurance, without which we experience mental fatique and anxiety.

Nature possesses a qualitative energy through which we can either expand into wisdom or contract into ignorance.

-David Frawley, Ayurveda and the Mind

Yoga asana has the goal of creating physical health and mental equilibrium. Ayurveda seeks to nurture physical vitality and mental clarity to allow for living life to the fullest.

Ayurveda, like all good medicine, is both an art and a science. Science is based on laws and requires scientific uniformity of symptoms and treatments. Ayurveda looks to uncover the deeper causes of disease, including but not limited to thoughts and behavior. Thoughts and behaviors can solidify into bad habits and lead toward preventable illness. Ayurveda assists in uprooting them at their cause.

Because the habits and behaviors that lead to illness vary from person to person treatment in Ayurveda differs, person to person. Though there may be uniformity in certain treatments, dosage and carrier substances will vary by constitution. The prescriptions consider the following variables; time of life, time of year, state of imbalance, individual constitution and ability.

Fall is a challenging time for people of a vata (air + ether) nature, but harmonizing for people of a kapha (water + earth) constitution. Individuals will benefit from practices that consider nature (dosha) and other variables. Generally, we can apply seasonal recommendations to suit the needs of the larger majority of practitioners then work individually in more complicated situations.

The Three Pillars of Health:

Ahara – diet
Vihara – lifestyle
Ausada – herbs

Health as Purification: Tattva Shruddhi

Balancing the five elements in Yoga is called Tattva Shruddhi. Tattva Shruddhi is the process integrating our felt experience. Think of the body as a collection of the 5 elements: earth (prithivi), water (apas), fire (agni), air (vayu), space (akasha). Creating balance between these 5 elements brings the body back to harmony.

The Five Elements in the Body:

Earth ~ (prithivi) element, lower body
Primary Areas: feet, thighs and knees with relationship to the hips, sciatic nerve.
Connecting to the earth through the four corners of the feet honors the four directions. Thereby setting a strong foundation. Ankle loop, shin loop, thigh loop.
earth = all solid structures within the body

Water ~ (apas) element, hips
Area of focus: hips, sacrum and psoas
water = secretions and digestive juices, mucous, plasma

When aligned in this area it brings fluidity and flow to the body. Without fluidity this area promotes ‘stuckness’ and uncoordinated movements. Pelvic loop

Fire~ (agni) element, navel
Primary areas in practice: core, lower back, diaphragm
fire = grey matter of the brain, retina (perceives light), digestive fire, metabolism and enzyme systems

Organs of transformation (heat), metabolism, digestion and assimilation. Power to direct, power to change, ability to absorb, take in and let go. Alignment of the torso is essential for enhancing the effectiveness of this element.

Air ~ (vayu) element, chest
Affected areas: shoulders, lungs & heart
air = pulsation of the heart and breath in the lungs, sensory movements and nervous system
The area of contraction and expansion the ability to freely express oneself. Tightness in the neck affects this ability, therefore the application of good shoulder alignment promotes the freedom of air through the throat.

Ether ~ (akasha) element, neck
Affected areas: throat, forehead, mental field
space/ether = the spaces in our bodies, mouth, inner ear etc.

Space governs the idea of creating space in the body and mind, personal space and boundaries. It controls the regulation of our emotions and passions. It is the primary area of governing spiritual progress. In physical practice, we enhance the efficiency of the element ether through the application of skull alignment.


Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) share many commonalities. Both systems are person centered rather than disease centered. Both traditions emphasis quality of life, & treat illness and disease in a holistic fashion. Both systems have similar philosophies that classify individuals, materials and diseases using a 5 element theory.

Traditional Chinese Medicine, views humans as the center of the universe acting as an antenna between celestial and earthly elements.(Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Comparative Overview, NCBI). However, the 5 elements vary in specifics and express in nuanced ways revealing both culture and climate in the ways their philosophies overlap and diverge.

Water, earth, metal, wood and fire are the five elements of the material world. According to Chinese medicine. The world and its movement gives rise to yin and yang. ?? Yin and yang, describes ‘opposites’, such as, active or passive, heating or cooling. These opposites seek to create homeostasis in the body.When one rises the other declines or ‘yang is raised to produce a decline of yin’.

The four bodily humors (qi, blood, moisture and essence) and organ systems help to balance yin and yang. Proper formation, maintenance and circulation of these energies are essential for health, diet, herbs, movement and acupuncture are the ways in which TCM maintains harmony to prevent and/or repair disease.

Ayurveda perceives the universe to be made up of combinations of the five elements (pancha mahabhutas), akasha (ether), vayu (air), teja (fire), aap (water) and prithvi (earth).

The five elements can be seen to exist in the material universe at all scales of life and in both organic and inorganic things. In biological system, such as humans, elements are coded into three forces, which govern all life processes. These three forces (kapha, pitta and vata) are known as the three doshas or the tridosha. Each of the doshas is composed of one or two elements.

Vata is composed of space + air.
Pitta of fire + water
Kapha of water + earth.

Vata dosha has the mobility and quickness of space and air; pitta dosha the metabolic qualities of fire and the fluidity of water; kapha dosha the stability and solidity of earth and the nourishing fluid quality of water.

Similar to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda also views immunity to be linked with essential essence that; nourishes, maintains and develops tissue. In Ayurveda this energy is termed, Ojas.

These systems developed over thousands of years and offer unique insights into understanding the causes of disease and offer practices, techniques and treatments for finding and maintaining homeostasis. Each tradition offers a view into immunity and has developed protocol for COVID-19, both in prevention and treatment.

In this retreat, we will explore these traditions in approach and practice. Live within the lifestyle prescribed for nourishment.


PITTA SUMMER FOOD LIST

In summer favor foods that are, sweet, astringent and bitter .

Favor cool over warm or hot, raw food is okay for pittas in warm months, dry, dense and sweet foods. Favor mild over sharp because of the pitta tendency to be tiksna (sharp).

Herbs: small quantity of black pepper, cardamom, clove, coriander, fennel, ginger, turmeric, tulsi, mint, cilantro, neem, saffron.

Foods:
-sweet apples, sweet berries, apricots, cherries, coconut, dates, figs, grapes, limes, mangoes, melons, sweet oranges, papayas, pears, pineapple, plums, pomegranates, prunes, raisins, watermelon
-avocado, brussel sprouts, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, dandelion, collard, kale, leafy greens, leeks (cooked), potato, pumpkin, radishes spaghetti squash, spinach, sweet potatoes, lettuce, mushrooms, okra.
-tapioca, wheat, spelt, pasta, quinoa, basmati and wild rice, couscous, crackers, durham flour, barley, amaranth
-adzuki, black, black eye, garbanzo, lentil, lima, mung, navy, pinto, split peas, soy, tempeh, tofu, tempeh, white beans, tofu
-butter, cheese (soft unsalted, not aged), cottage cheese, ghee, goat, goat cheese, yogurt
-almonds, charole, coconut, flax, halva, popcorn, pumpkin, sunflower
-buffalo, chicken, fish, rabbit, shrimp, turkey, venison
-coconut, flax, ghee almond, olive, primrose, sunflower, soy*, walnut

*I AVOID SOY AS IT DOES NOT DIGEST EASILY


Ayurveda is one of the most elegant systems of medicine. It is widely misrepresented and misunderstood. Ayurveda translates as the ‘Science of Life’, it is a lifestyle practice that considers many factors as having influence on health and wellbeing. Health is maintained through a balance of individual constitution. Constitution is unique to the individual and can be determined by pulse and a thorough intake form by a licsenced Ayurvedic Practitioner, Health Coach or Doctor.

To begin to understand how to live your Yoga with Ayurvedic medicine and lifestyle practices, we should first understand the world view that informs the practice.

All things influence our health some examples of considerations and causes for imbalance include, time of life, time of year/seasons, diet, lifestyle, relationships or lack thereof & the proper or improper use of the senses.

Summer is Pitta season – the season of, water + fire. For individuals with Pitta constitution summer weather may aggravate Pitta people leading to imbalance and illness.

To stay in balance we regularly employ the three pillars of health.

The Three Pillars of Health
Ahara -diet
Vihara -lifestyle
Ausada – herbs

Each disease state has causes. Pathogenesis, the path towards disease formation teaches us to identify disease very, early in its development.

The Three Causes of Disease:
avoid the cause, nidana parivarjana

Asatmyendriyartha samyoga: improper use of the senses

Prajnaparada: improper use of the senses (asatmya- improper, unwholesome/indriya- sense organs, jnana indriyas/ artha- sensory objects/samyoga- combination)

Parinama: temporal factors

Prajnaparadha- prajna – wisdom, paradha – crime, mistake, crime against wisdom, intellectual blasphemy; improper use of the faculties of the mind. Most serious as it causes aggravation of all three dosas . It is not prajnaparadha if someone doesn’t know better. Before you knew better it was not classified as prajnaparadha.

Dhi dhrti smrti vibhrastah karma yat kurute subham |
Prajnaparadham tam vidyat sarva dosaprakopanam ||

Dhi: impairment of intellect- perceiving bad things as good: temporal things as eternal, power of discrimination is cloudy
Dhrti: impairment of self control- mind is impatient and seeks immediate gratification
Smrti: impairment of memory, inability to remember former experiences/ convenient forgetting

Atiyoga: excessive exercise, sex, activity, etc.
Ayoga: not enough movement
Mithyayoga: suppression/ forcible initiation of urges, acrobatics, extreme sports, excess tattooing, self mortification, piercing, masturbation

Manasika:
Atiyoga: excess thinking, no mental rest
Ayoga: minimal mental activity -reading, conversing, thinking
Mithyayoga: excess fear, fear, anger, delusion, jealousy, desire, criticism, planning to harm/hurt others; criminal plotting, psychedelics and addictive behaviors. Metta meditation, physical practice
Vacika:
Atiyoga: talking too much; at too high a pitch; too much singing
Ayoga: prolonged silence
Mithyayoga: lying, quarreling, untimely words, unpleasant words, irrelevant talk, insults, harsh words

Seasons have a dramatic impact on health as the body needs to adjust to the available foods and the changes in temperature. This can have both a positive and negative effect on our health.

Parinama- Temporal
Passage of time
Seasonal changes
Life and cycle changes

SEASONAL CHANGES:

Spring
Summer
Fall/Winter

Vata
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Pitta
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Kapha
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Sancaya-? Prakopa-? Prasama-?

Summer is Pitta season so be aware of the following changes to your body as signs of an increase or decrease in Pitta dosha.

Vrddhi Pitta: (increased pitta) EX.??

yellowish/reddish discoloration of the skin/stools/urine/eyes- ranges from a little to a lot (yellowish eyes ? jaundice)
Hot red angry,’itis’, superficial inflammation of the skin, pittas are more reactive by nature
People with allergies tend to shy away from herbal and topical interventions because they tend to react to things.
Increase body temperature and burning, feel they are burning up, they feel parched and thirsty, always thirsty
Disturbed sleep, predominately vata or pitta?
Fainting, vertigo, dizziness
Weakness of the sense organs particularly the eyes
Bitter taste and sour belches
Emotional state, angry, irritable, road rage, criticism (explosive), fighting with people

Ksaya Pitta: (decreased pitta) EX.??

Dull complexion
Slow bowels
Decreased body temperature


“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.



Yesterday, I was at my local coffee shop #jackscoffee and young man cut me in line. He was looking like he wanted to pull something and changed his mind. Me and the three ladies in #JacksCoffee had our keys between our fingers and our cell phones ready as weapons.

Will NYC become like it was in the 70’s? An example of desperation in desperate times.

In the late 90’s we watched the gilding of NYC, but when I was a child, New York City was unsafe. I recall going to Broadway to see the musical “Annie” with my grandmother and catching a glimpse of a homeless person exposing himself. This was fairly common to see on 42nd street in the early 80’s.

Now NYC like San Fran. has become impenetrable for artists to get a stake. Times like these offer opportunities to the brave.

I won’t leave this beautiful city. This is my home!


COSTA RICA RETREAT
MARCH 7-14, 2020

| MEDITATE | PRACTICE | SURF | CELEBRATE | CEREMONY |


The week in Dominical, Costa Rica will begin with morning meditation and contemplation, followed by a locally sourced breakfast, at the gorgeous Casa Nautika run by dear friends Jon Sam and Jessica Petrone. You will enjoy a variety of the following activities; daily Yoga, surfing, jungle – plant medicine walks at The Living Library. Evenings with live music, & led ceremony with Colleen Lila and Jessica Petrone, Eco-Psychologist.

Additional bookings for massage/thai bodywork, horseback rides on the beach and
ocean boat rides can also be made available per request.

The retreat will be book-ended with opening and closing ceremony. Both will include, live music, libations and traditional cacao ceremony. Cacao ceremony has been practiced by the indigenous people of the Amazon as a way to celebrate and feel good for ages.

Please see the list of benefits below ??

To register or reserve for this retreat please contact Colleen at:

colleenlilayoga@gmail.com


Retreat Cost:

private luxury suite/private bath: $2200 single/ $3900 double occupancy
jungle view room: $1800/ $3200 double occupancy
ocean view room: $1800/ $3200 double occupancy
???? shared room: $1300. (bunks)
???? the jungle den: $1800/ $3200 double occupancy


Lila (lee.luh) – unbridled play

Tandava (taan.duh.vah) – a dance

My Yoga method is a dance -a creative dance of unbridled joy that seeks to express reverence in an aligned flow practice, this practice both honors the human form, as well as the rich tradition of lineage that precedes and informs this practice. A tradition, which evolved over thousands of years of introspection and experimentation -and- in both large and small ways has been enhanced through our deepened understanding of alignment and body mechanics. Yet supported by the ancient understanding of the subtle body, human psychology and life-affirming spiritual philosophy.

My training draws upon the entire history of Yoga but arrives and expands with my deep respect and study of a Tantric system known as Kashmir Shaivism.





Namaste Friends,

Today I am laying in my very exquisite bed at the Panjim Heritage Inn in Panjim, Goa it’s the first time in two weeks I’ve had enough Wifi to upload images and write my newsletter.

I love it here, though if it weren’t for the Patil family I think getting around would be a real challenge. I have been fortunate to have their support and company while here. Many of the guidebooks and travel bloggers recommend places that are just awful, which is no surprise to the seasoned traveler.

If it weren’t for the Patil’s, I may have been subjected to every tourist trap imaginable. Often Indians recommend things they think Americans would like, ex., ketchup and french fries and less spicy food. They are often suprised that I prefer food the way they prepare it. I wonder if many western travelers require food and experiences that don’t fall far from their usual experience, which is odd to me, why bother travel if you only bring your world with you.

In any case I’ve been saved?.

While away, in America there have been bomb threats on leaders of the Democratic party and tragically yet another mass shooting at a Jewish temple. From here America looks like a violent and backwards place. Ironically, I was worried about being safe here – while most Indian’s won’t eat a cow let alone shoot up a school full of children or people in worship. You might think it unpatriotic to make a statement like this, but when I travel abroad I end up explaining and apologizing for my country and it’s current President. I come home to a very divided country with very little confidence in my ability to be an agent of change, even so I will make whatever efforts i can through meditation, Yoga and plant medicine.

The first ten days of my trip were spent in the jungle outside of Belgaum where I was learning to identify the 60 most commonly used plants of the Westerns Ghats. It was a lot to take in. The next trip will be about learning to make medicine in traditional blends. I can’t absorb any more information but I have seen Ayurveda in practice within a family raised in the tradition, so I feel I have a better understanding of how it’s implemented in modern Indian society. Therefore, I can now apply it to my life in NYC.

Now that my son is almost done with college I am considering traveling for a full year. The below Yoga training may be my last for a year or two, unless I am able to host from a remote location. If you are considering joining me please register soon.

If planning to join me in Costa Rica, please reach out upon receipt of this email. I would like to secure some deposits as soon as possible.

I’ll be back to teaching on November 7th and look forward to connecting with you then.

With Love,
Colleen Lila


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