Ayurvedic Love For Yogis:**
I first learned about Soma formula when I studied at 7 Centers Yoga Arts in Sedona, Arizona.
(And, by the way, if you're looking for a place to retreat, to find yourself, to be in one of the most powerful, natural places on earth, I urge you to go when you can and stay as long as you can. Seven Centers changed my life).
So. That being said, we can move on. ;)
Herbs can be essential in a yoga practice by supporting the physical, energetic, and spiritual aspects of the entire individual. The vital constituents of herbs contain a life essence which, in Ayurveda, is called Soma.
The following is a traditional Soma formula that has been handed down, practitioner to practitioner, essential for rebuilding the ojas, or the life essence of the body.
This recipe (and it's information) is courtesy of 7 Centers Yoga Arts.
Ashwaghanda – this is a body /mind tonic for the muscles, nerves and bones, it lowers anxiety and builds immunity.
Shatavari – counters dehydration, an overall tonic particularly good for the female reproductive system, calms the heart.
Kapikacchu – a tonic herb that calms the vata, good for tremors and strengthens the nerves, also known as an aphrodisiac.
Arjuna – rejuvenates the heart both physically and spiritually.
Brahmi/ Gotu kola – sedative, muscle relaxant, pain relieving – well known as a mental tonic as it cools and calms the mind.
Calamus – improves digestion, clears toxins, phlegm and blockages, clears mind and senses
Tulsi – adaptogen herb for handling stress, an all-around tonic, good for digestion, circulation, reproductive and respiratory systems.
- a tonic and adaptogen herb supportive of the adrenals, lungs and spleen, regulation of blood sugar, an anti-oxidant.