Episode: 58

Understanding the Gunas in Ayurveda

If you're currently enjoying the benefits of yoga to your body and mind, I suggest that you dig deeper into the wonders of the Gunas. These come from Yoga's sister science, Ayurveda. Which essentially means the science of life.

In life, there's a natural balance between polarities. Once you understand this, you open yourself to experience the fullness of our existence as human beings. But how do you maintain a healthy balance to ultimately achieve the most ideal state of your body and mind?

On the show this week, I invited Myra Lewin to talk about the three primary qualities of the Gunas. She's an Ayurveda practitioner, a master yoga teacher, an author, and a host of two podcasts Everyday Ayurveda Yoga and Healing at Halepule, and Spark Your Intuition.

In this episode, she shares a lot of priceless insights about the Gunas and how we can be able to recognize and understand each of its primary qualities. She also explains how our emotions can play a very significant role in creating and maintaining a natural balance in our lives. I hope you're excited because I am!

Gunas Episode Highlights:

  • What are the Gunas?
  • The three primary qualities of the Gunas
  • What are the differentiating aspects of the Doshas and the Gunas? 
  • Is it possible to have a different Guna in your body and in your mind?
  • How food and environment affect our Guna's balance
  • Is the Sattvic state of mind the more desirable Guna?
  • Do we need both Rajas and Tamas to be more Sattvic?
  • How do we start recognizing our Gunas
  • Our emotions and its effect on our Gunas
  • How do we tap into our emotions to our advantage?
  • The specific practices for each of the Gunas
  • The Pranayama practice in connection with the Gunas

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Featured Guests

Myra Lewin

Ayurvedic Practitioner (AP) and Ayurveda Yoga Therapist (AYT), Myra Lewin is a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and Yoga Alliance (ERYT 500). A master yogini, Myra has amassed more than 50,000 hours of Yoga teaching experience spanning 30 years of practice. She is also the author of two books, Freedom in Your Relationship with Food and Simple Ayurvedic Recipes, and is the host of two remarkable podcasts on holistic healing, “Everyday Ayurveda and Yoga at Hale Pule” and “Spark Your Intuition”.


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