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ayurveda explained :: interview with marissa mele of five prana ayurveda

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Ayurveda is a sister science of yoga and has profoundly impacted my life in a positive way over the last several years.  This is a subject I’m passionate about and I feel it’s important to get the word out about it.  There isn’t anyone who wouldn’t benefit from this knowledge.  I’m excited to share a conversation with Marissa Mele, who is a local Ayurvedic Health Counselor in Cleveland.  I hope this is the first of many conversations on the podcast with Marissa.  I recently participated in her Ayurvedic cooking workshop series and she has inspired me to make better and more conscious choices in the kitchen.  We cover a lot in this conversation so check out the show notes for lots of resources and links. Thank you and enjoy!

Show notes:

  • Intro music Mul Mantra (The Sat Nam Remix by Cheb I Sabbah) by Snatam Kaur and creations by Zen Jenn in Apple Loops

  • In our conversation we touch on many topics within the practice of Ayurveda and Marissa’s story

    • Marissa’s bio and website www.fiveprana.com

    • Marissa shares her story of coming to Yoga and Ayurveda back in 1995 with her Mom as her primary influence.  She did her 200 hour YTT when she was 15 years old

    • Marissa mentions her current teacher Dr. (Vaidya) Lina Thakar at the Ayurveda Integrative Wellness Institute in Pittsburg

    • What is Ayurveda

    • Marissa felt some major shifts and transformations very quickly and over the long term, including losing 30 lbs and improving her digestive health

    • Ayurvedic diet and balancing digestion with Ayurveda by increasing Agni

    • How to find out your dosha

      • Five Prana Ayurveda Book recommendations

      • Eating with the seasons and using the seasonal food lists with your dosha as a framework with awareness

      • One of the basic tenets of Ayurveda is the idea of opposites.  Like increases like and opposites will balance you out.

      • Cravings happen based on your dosha but your body will change and start to crave the things that are good for it once you start giving your body the things that make it feel good as the body self corrects

    • Tips to stay balanced during the season of Fall and to transition into cold weather

      • Eat warm cooked food and try to avoid raw food like curry’s and dahls

      • Give yourself a warm oil massage all over the skin using dosha specific organic oil to combat dry skin

    • Ayurvedic skin care

    • Marisa’s Ayurveda Services and Workshops – Check out Fiveprana.com

      • Her cooking workshop sessions included setting up the Ayurvedic Spice Cabinet, Making Ghee and Kitchari, Making herbal teas and your own blends, making an Ayurvedic meal including homemade Ghee and Garam Masala spice blend

      • Upcoming workshops for 2017 will be about skin care and making your own products

      • Ayurvedic consultations, Ayurvedic body therapy, Shirodara.  She will eventually be offering full Panchakarma therapies.

    • Marissa’s Ayurvedic Cookbook

    • Marissa on following your dreams and living your passion

    • Marissa on stress relief and wellness

      • Daily yoga and meditation practice

      • In the moment tools for stress relief are pranayama with deep belly breaths to bring the energy back into her body.  She also chants mantra on long car rides and and in traffic

    • In her own practice Marissa is working on the routine of going to bed and waking up at the same time every day.  She is also working on her meditation practice

    • Marissa’s favorite resource for Ayurveda is NAMO (National Ayurvedic Medical Association). Here’s a link to NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) and some monthly online seminars in Ayurveda.

    • Her favorite yoga resource is THIS PODCAST!!  Yay!

    • Marissa’s favorite yoga classes here in Cleveland are at Vision with Dana Perry, Elaine Hullihen, Geoff Knox and Gary Dacanay at Vision.  Check out the entire Vision team here.  She also loves Laurie Myers and Jennifer Rimelspach at The Cultural Center of Cleveland.  Marissa feels strongly that there is something to learn from every teacher

Thank you all for listening.  I hope you enjoyed the episode.

Peace & Oms,

Zen Jenn