Ever wish you could troll a feed that is healthy and positive in addition to visually stimulating? If this sounds appealing to you check out @vatapittakapha and give your eyes a little tickle!
yoga this week 〰 fear tues at 4 〰 for creative self at @yogalastudios thurs at 4 〰 ayurvedic asana at @yogalastudios sun at 8:30 〰 yoga & sound at @yogalastudios . image: unknown. 👾✔️#vata #vataseason #vatadosha #vatareducing #ayurvedicasana #ayurvedicpractioner #mantra #mudra #padangusthasana #sirsasana #parsvasirsasana #theartistsway #gaiam
What is your full name and how are you so lucky to have that middle one?
Ha! My full name is Meredith Corvette Carter. My middle was my grandmother's maiden name. No relation to the car people. Her family came from Belgium. It means 'small warship’.
. . 🍊NEW WORKSHOP🍊 . KILLING A COLD w/ AYURVEDA . SUNDAY, NOV 26, 10 to 11:30AM . this is a day in the life of fighting a cold the ayurvedic way! . we’ll go through the 5 koshas or layers of being to explore the common cold on an elemental level. . expect tons of cold fighting food and herb suggestions and practices, open discussion and some delicious immune building ayurvedic tea. . $22 at @yogalastudios . 📷: @vatapittakapha . #ayurveda #ayurvedicpractitioner #vata #kapha #vataseason #kaphaseason #koshas #coldseason #echopark
Can you tell us how you chose your handle @vatapittakapha?
Vata, pitta and kapha are the 3 doshas or energies in the ancient Indian healing system of Ayurveda. I liked the handle since it represents all the cosmic energies and thus the full human spectrum — everybody! Also, I couldn’t believe it was available.
THIS FUCKING RAISIN PESTO FROM @bonappetitmag!! only a minor hack to make this okay for KAPHA. i simply swapped the olive oil for sunflower since it's lighter and therefore better for kapha friends. . puree 2 cups of MINT, 1 cup of PARSLEY and tender stems, 1/2 cup of SUNFLOWER OIL, 3 tbps of RAISINS, 1 clove of garlic. . its SO GOOD on baked apples, on raw apples o on a slice of rye with a touch of nut butter...seriously one of my seasonal faves! . 📷: @vatapittakapha . #kapha #kaphadosha #kaphaseason #kapharecipes #raisin #pesto #raisinpesto #mint #parsley #ayurveda #ayurvedichacks #ayurvedicpractitioner
What exactly is a dosha and do we all have them?
Yes, we all have them! (The doshas describe different combinations of the 5 elements — ether, air, fire, water and earth. They can describe anything both inside our bodies and out in the world since it’s all just energy.) In the simplest terms, vata dosha is about airy, windy, expanding things like the desert, creativity, Mick Jagger, travel, Kate Moss and autumn. Pitta refers to fiery, steamy, rising things like spicy food, Madonna, coffee, summer, and New Orleans. Kapha is muddy, earthy, grounding stuff like melting snow, London, sweet potatoes, sad love songs, and cheesecake.
(To figure out your dosha, take an online quiz. It’s an easy way to start experimenting with diet on your own. My dream is to make Ayurveda information more affordable and accessible. My website is taking time, but its coming!)
SUGAR SNAP PEA SALAD FROM @bonappetitmag...HACKED for KAPHA! . whisk together 3/4 cups of YOGURT, 1 tbsp of LEMON JUICE, 1 clove OF GARLIC, and a pinch of salt. smear on a plate & set aside. . toss 1 cup of sliced SUGAR SNAP PEAS in a tbsp of SUNFLOWER OIL, and some LEMON ZEST, PEPPER. spoon atop the yogurt bed perhaps adding a bit more pepper and enjoy! . 📷: @vatapittakapha . #kapha #kaphadosha #kaphaseason #kapharecipes #ayurveda #ayurvedichacks #ayurvedahacks #sugarsnappeas #yogurt #ayurvedicpractitioner
How long have you been an Ayurvedic Practitioner and what pushed you to go in that direction with your life?
I've been a practitioner for a year but Ayurveda has been central to my life for about 9 years now. (I started with my practitioner, Mela, and have been doing all the stuff — Ayurvedic diet, mantra, Vedic meditation — since. I did a year long training and started using the energy insights in all my yoga classes 6 years ago. Then, Mela realized she had no one to pass her 30 years of knowledge on to. She asked me to do 2 years of intensive one-on-one, old school gurukula training to become a practitioner. At first I didn’t want to, but she’s sorta like a parent and I couldn’t let her down. Now, of course, i love it!
First, I chose Ayurveda to help me. Later, it chose me to serve in return. I think I was picked because I needed so much help myself. Its been a humbling place to put my trauma to good use. Every time I can relate to a client’s suffering, the various ways I’ve been to hell and back make more sense.
(Every healer I know does healing differently. My way has to do with an urge to comfort and support since healing can be angels singing or truly abysmal. Its the only job I’ve had where being traumatized, uncomforted and uncomfortable were all assets. Plenty of healers are something else which is great. It takes all kinds! The people who speak my language will find me.)
What does healthy mean to you?
Health can be expressed in so many ways! We project much onto that word these days but the root means ‘whole, uninjured, of good omen’. By this definition, no one I know is healthy! I love this since I believe we all have something to confront with our body-mind, no matter how small.
i'll be serving KAPHA KOOL AID at tomorrow's workshop along with PRASH and RYE CRACKERS which all great for the sluggishness of kapha or spring! . to make KAPHA KOOL AID steep HIBISCUS, fresh GINGER and ground CARDAMOM. after a few minutes, stir in a little HONEY but not too much. we want to gently uplift without crashing! strain & serve warm or cool. . this drink addresses kapha's cool, heavy water nature by being a light, warming astringent that helps regulate sugar metabolism which can be an issue for kapha. . . 📷: @vatapittakapha . #astringent #light #sattvic #warming #sugarmetabolism #agni #kapha #kaphadosha #kaphaseason #kapharecipes #ayurveda #ayurvedicpractitioner #hibiscus #hibiscustea #ginger #cardamom #honeybooboo
What does healthy mean to most Americans?
I think health can go to extremes in the American mind. We are hyperaware of everything we do wrong yet we have so much potential. Its easy to pick on obesity, the opioid crisis, screen time or whatever but Americans are just as extreme in the supposedly ‘healthy’ direction too.
Health has become so aspirational that it can feel like a contest or performance at times. It doesn’t have to be a production. A reasonable diet and $30 a month on the right herbs can be profound. Also, the wellness movement is now an extension of the beauty industry in many ways. I do a lot to look my best but i think it’s helpful to understand the difference between a health practice, a beauty practice and a consciousness practice.
yoga this week 〰 greens tues at 4 〰 for creative self at @yogalastudios thurs at 4 〰 ayurvedic asana at @yogalastudios saturday at 11:45〰deep vinyasa at @yogalastudios sun at 8:30 〰 yoga & sound at @yogalastudios 🎬🍏 . 📷: @vatapittakapha . #pitta #pittaseason #pittareducing #ayurvedicasana #ayurvedicpractioner #mantra #mudra #uttihitachaturangadandasana #pursvottanasana #hiroshiyoshimura #green #greens #macrogreens
Are you healthy?!
Pretty healthy but I have serious chronic pain. Ayurveda has helped me with so much — acne, eczema, anxiety, depression, drinking too much, food allergies, grief and seasonal allergies. It cannot fix my old snowboarding injury but as a consciousness practice, it has helped me process it.
I’ve heard that muscles spasms are about not accepting support and the right side of the body is the masculine side. My father died when I was 14 and I’ve had to fend for myself in many ways since. I have a masculine deficit of sorts. I think my back is crying out for me to lean on others more and to learn to really receive, especially from men. My chronic pain has exposed a hole in my understanding of my life and myself. I have Ayurveda to thank for this insight.
TEXAS TWO STEPS...BACK! that’s what i'm gonna call this spring concoction for kapha of mostly CELERY JUICE with lots CABBAGE, CARROTS, APPLE & GINGER too. . . i returned to houston this week where i lived for 10 years as a kid. it was a very emotionally cleansing trip but not so clearing physically—definitely ate some naughty texas food! . . ayurveda is about PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION as my teacher says. so i did a day of juice before my trip and i'll do a few days of this little two step program after. . . 📷: @vatapittakapha . #progressnotperfection #ayurveda #ayurvedicpractitioner #kapha #kaphadosha #kaphaseason #kapharecipes
Where does your eye come from? Is it also a result of your practice?
I was doing my Master's in Design Futures at Goldsmiths…I wrote my thesis on the visual cliches of eco-design and environmentalism. (I became fascinated by visual cliches in general and started to see how imagery reinforces some lines in the cultural sand among and between different groups of people.)
The visual cliche of wellness is the white cube aesthetic projected onto women, mostly white women until pretty recently, in a domestic setting. It can be a beautiful presentation but my upbringing has given me a serious case of presentation fatigue!
Also, wellness imagery is typically about the result, the ‘after’ picture. Visual expression of ‘before’ and ‘during’ healing are largely missing so that’s what I try to portray. It is a response to my practice since I find that people want to rush through the ‘during’ part. I’m trying to engage them with the more visceral, ambiguous part of the process. With healing there can be genuine confusion about where you are and what the hell is going on so I like confusing pictures.
IF YOU'VE BEEN EXPOSED, GARGLE! 💊a simple SALT and warm water gargle will do since germs have to hang out in air passageways before they make you get sick. 💊sore throat coming on? add ground CLOVES to the mix for pain, anti-viral and anti-biotic bonus. 💊gargle 5 to 10 times a day for best results. . 📷: @vatapittakapha . #naturalcoldremedy #ayurvediccoldcare #fluseason #simpleayurveda #affordableayurveda
Did anyone in particular influence this?
I feel like my influences are everywhere but mostly non-specific and sorta nebulous. I'm inspired by anyone making fetishized and perhaps unappetizing imagery of food. I like non-aspirational food, body visuals with a sense of humor. I love expressive, non-aspirational personas in general. My teacher Mela has had the biggest influence on my understanding of the healing process. I love her more than words can tell.
images courtesy of VATAPITTAKAPHA
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