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Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, we interview yoga teacher and Ayurveda author, Ali Cramer, on how to live Ayurveda and balance the doshas.


More about our guest:

Ali Cramer: https://www.alicramer.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alicramer/?hl=en

Modern Ayurveda: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/subst/home/home.html


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In this episode:

Here’s more on this episode:

2:12 Meet Ayurvedic Counsellor, Ali Cramer Ali Cramer joined us on the podcast to talk about all things Ayurveda; Ali is a yoga instructor and author of Modern Ayurveda: Rituals, Recipes, and Remedies for Balance.

8:44 What is Ayurveda? Ali shares what Ayurveda is, why it’s important, and how new practitioners might approach the practice through an understanding of the elements.

15:15 What Are the Doshas? Ali shares her explanation of the doshas—Vata, Pitta, Kapha—and what each of the energies expresses in terms of the elements, how we feel, and imbalances.

19:30 The Influence of Yama Damstra Yama Damstra represents the time of year when we transition from Autumn into Winter. Lord Yama, being the Lord of Death, celebrates the shift into the darker months where the veil between this world and the spirit world is much thinner.

21:14 How Do We Bring Balance to Yama Damstra? Ali shares the positive and negative aspects of being in this transition of shifting into winter, and how to create balance and reap the benefits.

25:12 The Skill of Keeping Promises Ali and Clara share simple techniques to keep the promise of coming back to your practice—whatever it looks like—in yoga or with Ayurveda, that are easy to include in each day, especially during flu season.

27:39 Ali’s 4 Pillars of Ayurveda Ali shares the four pillars she uses with clients that help them create a balanced lifestyle that includes right sleep, right nutrition, right hydration, and right movement.


How Do You Know Your Dosha? Ali and Clara share the power of reflection in discovering your daily dosha, and specifications around each of the dosha’s for you to discover what your dosha may be based on how you feel.

38:00 Vrikriti Versus Prakriti Ali and Clara the difference between Vrikriti and Prakriti in terms of Ayurveda and what it means to understand and work with your dosha.

42:09 Turbulence and Imbalances in the Doshas Ali, Clara, and Steph share their primary dosha and how they deal with turbulence and imbalances, with wisdom on why we’re drawn to the things that throw us out of balance.