Shining Bright on Health at Sun King – A Blog about Healthy Living

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Relaxation at different points in the day allows us to integrate and assimilate all that we take in. When we are relaxed and distressed we can absorb things in a healthy way, when we are strung out and anxious, our bodies can not digest properly.

Health Tips:
Ayurveda medicine looks at diet, lifestyle and seasons to help heal the body mind and spirit. One main way of healing ourselves in this day and age is to de-stress, reduce anxiety, and use the hours of the day to your advantage.

Looking at the day and dividing it into 3 sections, can help support the body in what it naturally is programmed to do.

• 6am – 10am this is the best time for working out to overcome the heaviness of sleep and to re-set the metabolism. Your brain power is strong.
• 10am – 2pm your digestive fire is the strongest, between 11 and 1pm so this is the best time to eat your largest meal of the day, lunch! A 15 -20 minute rest after lunch helps the body focus on digestion and assimilation.
• 2pm – 6pm, this is second wind time, where your brain power is able to sustain before winding down for the evening.
• 6pm – 10pm your start to get heavy and your body starts to slow down. It is time for a light dinner (between 5-7pm) and then you should start tapering off your activity. Bed time between 9-10pm.
• 10pm – 2am your body is in deep sleep and is detoxifying and resetting for the next day.
• 2am – 6am – movement starts to happen and between 4am – 6am you should wake in order to make the most of your brain stimulation. It is the “magical” time of the day, great for meditation and yoga.

Yoga in the community:
By donation yoga classes, Thursday’s from 4-4:50pm at The Chase Legacy Center downtown (by Arsenal Tech High School) brought to you by Growing Places Indy. There is also a farm stand with produce from Growing Places Indy, for sale so that you can go home with fresh groceries!

Food as medicine:
Eat cooling foods like cucumbers, fennel, kohlrabi, watermelon, peaches, nectarines and fresh greens. These light, watery foods will compliment the heat of the summer.

Additional tip: 
Warmer weather and earlier sunrise allows us longer days in the sunlight. Use this to your advantage and work on projects, your garden or just lay out in the sun for 30 minutes. Vitamin D deficiency is high among us and spending some quality time outdoors can help our bodies get what it is craving.

Staraya McKinstry

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About Staraya McKinstry:
I grew up in Homer, Alaska and was raised holistically by my parents. My upbringing has lead to a lifelong interest in health and wellness. I left home and went to college in Reno, NV on a dance scholarship, where ware and tare on my body created a passion inside of me to seek something better and healthier for my body, mind and spirit. I came to Indianapolis for graduate school and got my masters in Public Health Policy from I.U. School of Medicine. A few years back I discovered a more in depth yoga practice, which lead me to Ayurveda. I am now a yoga instructor and Ayurveda practitioner and I love bringing these sister sciences together when I teaches. Yoga and Ayurveda takes in consideration, the body, mind and spirit, giving balance, health and happiness to the entire being…… Something I strongly believe is worth spreading!

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this blog are based upon the opinion of Staraya McKinstry. They are not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, and they are not intended as medical advice.

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