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Herbs and emotional health

Ayurveda expert Sebastian Pole explores how the use of herbs can positively impact our physical and emotional wellbeing

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The mind is considered to be one of the three pillars, alongside body and spirit, upon which life ultimately depends. In many traditional medical systems such as ayurveda, the body, mind and spirit are seen as one whole continuum. In Western medical and spiritual traditions they have largely become separated. This difference in ‘world view’ has had profound effects on how we see the world and our place in it.

In ayurvedic physiology, whilst the seat of intellect is your brain, the heart is the seat of consciousness, from where it then moves throughout the body. It’s uncanny how we so often touch our chest when we are telling someone how we feel. As our blood circulates through the heart, it picks up ‘impressions’ of our heart’s feelings and then takes this ‘bitter-sweet, anger-joy, love-fear’ feeling around the body causing ‘pain’ wherever it rests. It’s why ayurveda pays so much attention to how we are developing our consciousness.

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Welcome to our August issue. This month, we’ve got everything you need to keep your practice fresh and alive...on and off the mat. There’s some great yoga instruction, sequences, anatomy and meditations, plus a whole lot more goodies too. Look out for some inspirational stories, including from two incredible American yoga ladies, Colleen Saidman Yee and Anneke Lucas. We also take a look at the Power of Yoga Nidra, as well as yoga’s beneficial impact on managing the menopause. And, inside, you’ll also find not one, but two, special reports showcasing some of the nation's top yoga studios (The Fab 5), as well as a guide to upgrading your home practice with some nice new yoga gear (Get Your Kit Together). Have a great month and see you on the mat real soon.