One of my favorite Sanskrit words is Sattva. According to Ayurveda, Sattva is one of the three gunas, or qualities of the mind. The three gunas of the mind drive our mental and emotional nature. Sattva is what we all strive for. People who are Sattvik are content, calm, well-mannered, gentle, considerate, polite and helpful. More Sattva means more positivity, happiness, enthusiasm and joy. In short, we are Sattvic when we are balanced. Is there anything that sounds bad about that?
Meditation is one of the most effective ways to build Sattva. It is so effective that one of my Ayurveda teachers told us he will not continue to see clients unless they start a daily meditation practice. I know from my own personal experience how powerful meditation can be. I rely on my twice daily meditations to keep me grounded, calm and clear headed. In fact, many of my best ideas come to me after a meditation.
With meditation being such an important part of the Ayurveda lifestyle, and one I am so passionate about, many clients and partners started to ask me if I could teach it. I had never thought of myself as a meditation teacher – but then again, I never thought I would be an Ayurveda Health Counselor either!
And then, as things tend to happen in my life, an email showed up in my inbox announcing a 100-hour meditation teacher training. The training was in the Buddhist tradition of mindfulness and loving kindness. This actually made the training all the more appealing to me as while I have dabbled in other practices, I have been predominately devout to the Vedic Meditation practice I was taught over five years ago. I thought it would be beneficial to learn some new practices. The beauty of meditation is there are so many different ways to do it – there is bound to be one that works for you.
I finished my meditation training at the end of June and am so grateful for the experience. Not only did I meet so many inspirational and like-minded people, but the Buddhist traditions have so many parallels to the Vedic ones. I have not only personally benefitted from a deeper meditation practice but am now so gratified to be able to teach meditation to my clients and students.
For anyone interested in seeing what it feels like to have more Sattva in your life, join me at Athleta Flatiron at Noon on Fridays’ in July for FREE meditation classes. I promise you taking the break in the day will be worth it.