"Do not think of yourself as a small, compressed, suffering thing. Think of yourself as graceful and expanding, however unlikely it may seem."
BKS Iyengar, Light on Life
Aches and pains. We all have them. Some of us have them in our head, some of us have them in our spine, some of us have them in our pinky toes.
As an herbalist and yoga teacher I look at pain as a signal, a way for the body to communicate that something is out of harmony. In this light pain can be seen as illuminating; it teaches us about ourselves and points us in the direction toward healing and growth.
There is no magic pill for pain, herbal or otherwise, but there are many plants that we can work with to manage pain and realign the parts of us that are out of balance.
On Thursday, December 3rd I will be teaching a workshop on herbs for pain in the musculoskeletal system at Samamkaya Yoga. This workshop is part of Samamkaya Yoga's Holistic Healing Series and I am honored to be presenting this subject at this unique yoga and backcare center in Manhattan. Details are below. I hope to see you there!
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During this two hour workshop, I will present plants and herbal preparations that support the health of the musculoskeletal system and assist with muscular and nerve pain, inflammation and healing. The use of internal remedies such as herbal tinctures and infusions as well as the topical use of therapeutic oils, liniments and essential oils will be discussed. Basic use of herbal preparations and dosage will be reviewed so that attendees leave feeling confident in their ability to incorporate simple herbal remedies into self-care routines. There will be an experiential portion of the workshop where attendees will have the opportunity to see, smell and sample a variety of plant remedies.
Samamkāya Yoga Back Care & Scoliosis Collective is a therapeutic, worker-owned yoga studio that aims to make yoga accessible and healing to students of all ages and abilities who are living with back injuries, chronic/acute pain, differently shaped spines/bodies, scoliosis and spinal fusions.
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