Tibetan Monks Fire Puja
On August 30 at 2pm, the Tibetan Monks will be at Ruby Dragon to lead a meditation on peace and love. There will be someone with them who will explain the meditation process. If you plan on attending, please call Ruby Dragon at 805-772-1100 so that we will have enough seats for everyone.
If you do not want to meditate, you may just sit quietly and observe. A love donation is suggested but not required.
No one will be admitted to the meditation room after the meditation begins so be sure to get here early.
After the meditation, you may purchase items from the monks to be blessed and to take home. You will be able to ask questions.
The monks will also be performing a blessing for the Ruby Dragon Center at the end of the program.
Also note that on August 29 at 6 pm, the monks will be at the Green Lotus to perform a fire puja. It is a 2 hour program of prayers and chanting. See the Monks Create a fire offering as they chant mystical prayers to create well-being on our planet while contributing to the preservation of the endangered Tibetan culture.
The Cost for this is a love offering of $20.00 but no one will be turned away.
7 Ayurvedic Secrets for Weight Loss
We live in a diet-obsessed culture. It seems like every week a new diet makes headlines, claiming to be the best path to weight loss. From Paleo, South Beach, and Atkins, to Primal, Ketogenic, and Zone, it can be hard to decipher the best way to shed excess weight. Isn’t there a tried-and-true plan that has been around the block and back again?
Well, in fact, yes, there is! Ayurveda is a wellness system that has helped people achieve optimal health for more than 5,000 years. According to Ayurveda, as you move into a state of perfect health, unneeded pounds naturally melt away. The following seven Ayurvedic guidelines will help you to shed excess weight and feel amazing.
1. Sleep from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Every NightOur ancestors lived in harmony with the natural rhythms of the Earth. When the sun went down, their bedtime shortly followed. Yet with the advent of electricity, humans began a gradual transition from natural rhythms to artificial ones. As a result, sleep quality and time have been compromised.
Modern researchers have identified insufficient sleep as a contributing factor in weight gain. Not only is sufficient rest important, but sleeping in harmony with the sun’s rhythms is just as vital. According to Ayurveda, the time period that is most supportive of restful sleep is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Current research is beginning to corroborate the importance of sleeping in harmony with the sun’s cycles. To make the most of nature’s rhythms, turn off your screens and begin to wind down by 9:30 p.m. At 10:00 p.m., turn off the lights and get in bed.
2. Exercise upon AwakeningThe ideal time to exercise is between 6 to 10 a.m., when the earth and water elements are high in the environment. Earth and water, when combined, create slowness, coolness, dullness, and inertia. In fact, you may have experienced those qualities upon awakening in the morning.
Exercise counteracts sluggishness, warms the body, brings fresh blood to your brain, and prepares both body and mind for a new day. Aim for 45 to 60 minutes of vigorous exercise each morning.
3. Cut Out the SnacksTo snack or not to snack, that is the question—and the answer is not to. When you eat, your body produces insulin to help shuttle sugar into cells and keep your blood sugar balanced. The sugar that enters your cells will fuel average energy needs for about three hours. Only after that time will your body begin to burn fat in order to supply its energetic requirements. If you eat every three hours, your body is never given an opportunity to dip into its fat stores. Three nourishing, balanced meals each day with no snacks in between will actually stabilize your energy levels more than frequent meals. In addition, your fat burning potential will drastically increase.
4. Include all 6 Tastes at Every MealAyurveda recognizes six distinct tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. In order to feel satisfied after eating, it is critical to include at least a small portion of each of the six tastes in every meal. Below are a few examples of foods that might be found in each taste category.
To maximize your digestion, eat your largest meal at lunchtime. The noon hour is when your digestive fire, known as agni, is at its strongest. Dinner should be light and easily digestible. In addition, it is advisable to finish dinner two to three hours prior to bedtime. If you are going to bed by 10 p.m. (which is ideal) then dinner needs to be completed by 7 p.m. Not only will you sleep more soundly, your body will be able to attend to the critical tasks of detoxification and rejuvenation rather than the digestion of food.
6. Sip Hot Water or Tea Throughout the DayHot water is something of a health elixir in the Vedic tradition. Toxins, known in Ayurveda as ama, accumulate within the body from external sources (e.g., pollution, pesticides, poor food choices) and internal sources (e.g., stress, anxiety, anger). Ama is sticky, by nature but can be dissolved with hot water. The amount of water that you drink is not as important as the frequency with which you sip. Try to have a few sips of warm water every half an hour. You can add fresh ginger or dosha-specific herbs and spices to further enhance the beneficial qualities of the hot water.
7. Practice MeditationResearchers have found that hormones associated with high stress can decrease your ability to lose weight, particularly abdominal weight. Fortunately, current research also shows that meditation is a powerful way to unwind and de-stress. To see results in both your life and your waistline, devote at least 20 minutes a day to meditation. Sit quietly, relax your body, and focus on your breath. Let thoughts pass by like floating clouds. Eventually the mind will quiet, and you will be able to receive all the beneficial effects of a regular meditation practice.
Has lived in India for years and was taught the art of preparing Authentic Indian Cuisine
Ayurvedic Cooking Class: Coming up! Check out our schedule for date and time!
Free to all
We will prepare dosa, which is a south Indian flat bread made of rice and chick pea. It is gluten free, healthy, inexpensive to prepare, and most of all tasty. It is fermented before cooking, which makes it digestible and healthy for all body types. To go with our dosas, we will prepare a traditional side dish, tomato goju, which contains all six flavors in a balanced way.
Later this Month:
Learn about Ancient practice of Ayurveda. Learn your own specific body type and Dosha. What's a Dosha? Come on over and find out!
January: To be Announced.
Thousands of years before modern medicine provided scientific evidence for the mind-body connection, the sages of India developed Ayurveda, which continues to be one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful mind-body health systems. More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy while realizing their full human potential.
"When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need."
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March 2-3 and 4 2018.
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Paul Heussenstamm is coming to Morro Bay to teach a 3 day workshop! A weekend introduction to the inner artist and an opportunity to creatively explore the mystery of the soul and the Mandala. Each Individual will complete a wondrous, colorful Mandala as a symbol to live with, study and begin a process of learning, growing, healing and artistic development.
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As a renowned teacher and fourth generation artist, Paul Heussenstamm has been sharing his unique gift of helping people discover their Soul through his paintings and ArtAs A Spirtual Path workshops worldwide. Paul has created over 2000 unique and spiritual paintings while passionately sharing his artistic capacity to explore and create Sacred Art from many traditions such as buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity. Paul gladly accepts commissions and offers the finest quality Giclee prints on canvas that he creates in his studio.
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