Saturday, May 27, 2006

hip tranquil chick podcast #34: ayurveda 101

HTC: May 27, 2006 Shownotes

Welcome to the 34th edition of the Hip Tranquil Chick podcast: a guide to life on and off the yoga mat. Produced from the Tranquil Space Yoga Studio in Washington, DC.

Today’s podcast is an interview with Anne Thiel on ayurveda, topped of with a pose of the podcast, hip tranquil chick suggestions, hip tranquil chick chat, and fun podsafe music! View our shownotes at

Anne Thiel wears several hats at Tranquil Space. She is a teacher, prenatal program coordinator and treatment therapist for thai yoga bodywork and ayurvedic consultations. Her yoga journey started in Kimberly’s living room in 2000 and it led Anne to also develop an interest in ayurveda. Thought to be the oldest healthcare system in the world and originally developed as a sister science of yoga, ayurveda, like yoga, teaches us alignment, namely how to align ourselves with nature. Ayurveda believes that we are part of the universe and that we are made of the same ‘stuff’, namely the five elements (space/ether, air, fire, water and earth). These five elements occur in the body in the form of the three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha) and usually one or two of these doshas will determine the body’s predominant constitutional energy. Ayurveda teaches us how to live in balance with that energy and also how to bring that energy in balance with the energy of nature around us. If we are able to bring this energy into balance, we are able to freely access that what underlies the body, the Soul, Spirit, Self.
Anne was drawn to this concept because it simply made a lot of sense to her, and then, later, because she found it really worked! Integrating some of the ayurvedic principles into her life, she suddenly found herself no longer struggling and going against the stream, but rather swimming with the stream, ‘going with the flow’, more in synch with the world.

Hip Tranquil Chick Suggestions:

Hip Tranquil Chick Chat:
“I'd love to create a job, I bought my own website address a couple of days ago and hope to build a cool site and try selling my artwork on there which I am very excited about! I am still deciding on a web host and then I can begin!

I dream of running my own business doing what I love, which I think is one of the reasons why you are such an inspiration to people because you show you are a real person if you know what I mean, and that it's possible to achieve so much more than an average boring job if you really believe you can do something. I think I said last time I emailed how your podcasts have really changed my life because they and some of your book suggestions have really opened my eyes to see there is so much more you can do in the world!”

Pose of the Podcast:
Forward fold during summer to cool (standing, seated, plow)

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Thanks for joining me for the 34th edition of the Hip Tranquil Chick podcast. Namaste!

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    zoe said...

    Wow I listened to this podcast earlier today and have to say it was like a breath of fresh air. I had never heard of Ayurveda before. It was so interesting to hear all about this way of life. It would be lovely to get myself up earlier in the mornings but I know it's not gonna happen! :)

    Heather said...

    Thank you for yet another amazing, informative episode. I finally got to listen to this edition today and loved it! Like Zoe, I hadn't heard of Ayurveda before and I am now facinated.

    Rachel said...

    I really enjoyed this episode of your podcast, especially the 'take changes gradually' part of it...I've been trying to wake up earlier in the morning, and it hadn't been working to shift from 7am to 6am, but going to 6:45am has been a lot easier. Anyhow, I've gotten a lot of very helpful things from your podcast, and I just wanted to thank you!