It’s been my experience that one of the biggest challenges we have during our stay on this planet is to live comfortably with the patterns and tendencies that make up our individual personality and character. The Sanskrit word for such tendencies is Samskara, and it is the most powerful factor involved in determining the outcome of change.
Change came to me in the 1980s, when I was between the ages of 14-16 and my family had just moved to Newport, RI, from Southampton England. This was the coolest thing that could have happened to me, because at that time British kids were obsessed with the US, mostly through TV programs like The A Team, Knight Rider, and Dallas. Oh, and Levis 501 jeans (not that I could fit into a pair of the legendary jeans, because at 14, I weighed 250 lbs)! By my 16th birthday, I weighed in at 330 lbs, and was, for the most part, miserable.
My life changed forever when I was introduced me to the practice of Transcendental Meditation (popularly referred to as TM), Yoga, and Ayurveda. I remember listening attentively—but without a clue—as the Ayurvedic doctor told me that I had an imbalance of both Kapha and Pitta doshas. Then he said something that resonated and echoed in my teenage head: “All you have to remember is to listen to what your body is telling you. If you are reaching for poor food choices, go to the root of your stress, not the refrigerator.”
Shortly after this, I picked up a copy of Dr. Frawley’s book, “Ayurvedic Healing,” and I began to learn how to consciously listen to my body.
Over the next 14 months, I did a lot of listening, and managed to alter many of my behavior patterns or Samskaras. I did TM twice a day, practiced yoga, and lost about half my body weight. At my lightest, I weighed 160 lbs, but here’s the remarkable thing, I started this journey in 1989, and today in 2013, I’ve been able to maintain not only good health, but also a healthy weight of 189 lbs.
That’s a brief sketch of my own success story, and on August 21st, 2013, you will also have the opportunity to begin your own when Dosha Guru launches its first weight management program, The Yoga of Weight Loss.
The language and concepts of the course are easy to understand. There is also a valuable support network of teachers and fellow course participants, but what makes Dosha Guru’s program really different is that who you are is a paramount consideration! Your individual and unique physiology, stress triggers, athletic aptitude, and ailments, are fundamental to this course.
Together, we will embrace and support your change, and help you to understand and modify your Samskaras, introducing you to resources that will position you on the path to ultimate fulfillment.
I’ve been there, and I know how hard it is to commit and make changes. But together, we can do it. By Week 7, we will have created an optimal seasonal program for your body type, so that your program won’t end, but will continue year round.
I look forward to being part of your next chapter!