Myra Lewin, AP

Myra Lewin, AP

Author, Yoga Therapist, and Ayurvedic Practitioner

Vata Pitta
Constitution: Vata-Pitta

Originally from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Myra Lewin has been studying, practicing, and teaching Ayurveda and Yoga since the late 1980s. She is the author of two easily understood books on Ayurveda and is the CIO (Chief Inspiration Officer) of Hale Pule Ayurveda and Yoga. Myra’s teaching provides simple, practical means to bring Ayurveda to life in impactful ways.

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  • Balance Your Body and Mind with Calming Fall Yoga
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • October 27, 2021
    Balance Your Body and Mind with Calming Fall Yoga

    Find balance and tranquility with this gentle yoga sequence. Calming for all three doshas, this sequence incorporates smooth breathing, and gentle, continuous movement.

  • Three Ways Intuitive Cooking Can Awaken Your Senses and Feed Your Joy
    • Diet
    • August 17, 2021
    Three Ways Intuitive Cooking Can Awaken Your Senses and Feed Your Joy

    There’s a big drive in our society towards perfectionism, but it’s helpful to remember that recipes are guidelines—there for inspiration, but not set in stone.

  • Sacred Gardening with Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • March 23, 2021
    Sacred Gardening with Ayurveda

    Sacred gardening honors the innate intelligence of plants. Learn more about the Ayurvedic approach to gardening and how to connect more deeply to nature.

  • 6 Ayurvedic Tips to Maintain a Healthy Weight—For Good
    • Health
    • January 12, 2021
    6 Ayurvedic Tips to Maintain a Healthy Weight—For Good

    Every body is different but we all have a natural weight unique to each of us. These Ayurvedic tips can help you achieve—and keep—your healthy weight.

  • A Powerful Pranayama for Keeping Cool
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • July 24, 2020
    A Powerful Pranayama for Keeping Cool

    Discover sheetali pranayama, a breathing practice with a powerful cooling effect that is especially helpful during times of excess heat—like summer.

  • Spring Dandelion Greens to Balance Kapha
    • Recipes & DIY
    • March 31, 2020
    Spring Dandelion Greens to Balance Kapha

    Edible from the root to the tips of the long, jagged leaves, the dandelion is a powerful healer, pleasantly bitter in taste and wonderful for reducing kapha. 

  • Smart Pesto Recipe with Brahmi/Gotu Kola
    • Recipes & DIY
    • August 14, 2019
    Smart Pesto Recipe with Brahmi/Gotu Kola

    Sattvic food promotes mental clarity—think whole grains, legumes, and fresh vegetables. Here is a simple, sattvic recipe that uses brahmi/gotu kola’s powers for a clear and relaxed mind.

  • Achieving Vibrant Women’s Health with the 4 Pillars
    • Women's Health
    • May 27, 2019
    Achieving Vibrant Women’s Health with the 4 Pillars

    Diet, lifestyle, sleep, and energy. These are the four pillars of Ayurveda. When we neglect them, we inhibit the proper flow of prana, which gives rise to the possibility of dis-ease. For women, this can be reflected in the menstrual cycle, and later, in the transition through menopause.

  • Calming Your Mind with Shirodhara
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • November 01, 2018
    Calming Your Mind with Shirodhara

    Shirodhara as a treatment consists of a stream of warm oil run continuously on the forehead. The purpose of shirodhara is to calm the nervous system. Inherent in this process is choosing an oil that has qualities which support the mind and body to come back to balance.

  • Saffron-Spiced Summer Squash: A Recipe Worth Its Weight in Gold
    • Recipes & DIY
    • September 24, 2018
    Saffron-Spiced Summer Squash: A Recipe Worth Its Weight in Gold

    If you are looking for a new way to experience the beauty of autumn in your kitchen, reach for one of Ayurveda’s most revered spices: saffron. People are often intimidated by saffron because of its price. Yes, it is expensive, but like many things that have been held in high regard for centuries, good saffron is worth every penny.

  • Sweet Blessings: Ayurvedic Postpartum Care
    • Women's Health
    • August 07, 2018
    Sweet Blessings: Ayurvedic Postpartum Care

    This March at Hale Pule Ayurveda & Yoga was marked by a blessing: Our team members Robin and Sonja welcomed their baby girl, Leonie, into the world and embarked on a new path as parents.

    This event offered us a good reminder that childbirth (and the pregnancy) is a significant event for the body and mind. How a new mother spends the weeks directly after the child arrives lays the foundation for how the family functions for many years to come.

  • Inversions in Yoga: Shifting Your Perspective
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • July 10, 2018
    Inversions in Yoga: Shifting Your Perspective

    When you are stuck in life, a shift in perspective can do wonders. Practicing an inversion may be just what you need to see the world from a different viewpoint.

  • Delicious Blended Greens Recipe
    • Recipes & DIY
    • June 01, 2018
    Delicious Blended Greens Recipe

    Served on their own, greens can be quite vata-provoking. This recipe for blended greens is meant to be served with a slightly greater portion of a sweet, augmenting vegetable—like sweet potatoes, zucchini, squash, beets, or carrots. The combination of these vegetables balances the doshas, brings in all rasa, and it tastes delicious!

  • Red Lentils with Basil Recipe
    • Recipes & DIY
    • May 23, 2018
    Red Lentils with Basil Recipe

    Melt ghee in a saucepan and add the spices, cooking for 1 to 2 minutes until the aroma is released. Add salt and red lentils and stir until well coated. Add water and basil. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and cover. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the lentils are very soft.

  • Traveling with Ayurveda: Taking Your Routine on the Go
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • May 14, 2018
    Traveling with Ayurveda: Taking Your Routine on the Go

    The movement that comes from any form of high-speed travel, especially airplanes, increases the air element. Daily routines are often left behind, resulting in irregularity in mind and body.

  • Sesame Vitality Shake: A Nourishing Drink for the Change of Seasons
    • Recipes & DIY
    • March 02, 2018
    Sesame Vitality Shake: A Nourishing Drink for the Change of Seasons

    Sesame seeds are a commonly used Ayurvedic ingredient. The whole seeds are often added to food and the oil is prized for abhyanga and other treatments. But there’s one more way that you can enjoy this versatile food as medicine: in a soothing and delicious Sesame Vitality Shake.

  • The Art of Using Ayurvedic Spices
    • Recipes & DIY
    • January 10, 2018
    The Art of Using Ayurvedic Spices

    I have a cabinet full of Ayurvedic spices. Each time I get ready to cook a meal, I get so much joy from seeing all the opportunities inside these little jars. The golden color of turmeric powder, the sweetness of fennel seed—everything is just waiting to come alive and nurture my health from the inside out.

  • Spiced Double Rice with Cashews
    • Recipes & DIY
    • December 07, 2017
    Spiced Double Rice with Cashews

    This dish is easy to make and delicious any time of year, but especially perfect for the holiday season. It also makes a great lunch to bring to the office or take on the airplane during holiday travel. Be ready to share this recipe!

  • Stay True to Yourself this Holiday Season
    • Holidays
    • December 06, 2017
    Stay True to Yourself this Holiday Season

    Remaining true to yourself during this time of year doesn’t mean that you have to turn down the invitations and spend the holiday season in the company of your kitchari pot. But spending time with loved ones shouldn’t require you to put your Ayurveda practice on a shelf. 

  • Urad & Yellow Mung Dal with Cardamom
    • Recipes & DIY
    • July 18, 2017
    Urad & Yellow Mung Dal with Cardamom

    A lovely blend of spices brings loads of flavor to this urad and yellow mung dal.

  • Green Mung Beans with Dill
    • Recipes & DIY
    • June 06, 2017
    Green Mung Beans with Dill

    You can still make this if you don't have a pressure cooker. Soak the whole green mung beans overnight and discard the water. Follow the same instructions and cook with 1 inch of water covering the beans.

  • Minted Toor Dal Recipe
    • Recipes & DIY
    • May 01, 2017
    Minted Toor Dal Recipe

    Melt the ghee in a pressure cooker and add the spices, cooking until the aroma is released. Add the salt, toor dal, and split mung dal and sauté until well coated. Add water, cover, and bring to pressure. Turn the heat down and cook for 10–12 minutes until legumes are quite soft.

  • Reclaiming the Union of Ayurveda and Yoga Through Dinacharya
    • Yoga
    • August 28, 2016
    Reclaiming the Union of Ayurveda and Yoga Through Dinacharya

    Introducing clients to dinacharya is one of the most important parts of Ayurvedic healing. Too often, people allow their days to be defined by external factors, missing the opportunity to define it for themselves.

  • Beyond Asana: Supporting Ayurveda with the Subtle Practices of Yoga
    • Yoga
    • August 16, 2016
    Beyond Asana: Supporting Ayurveda with the Subtle Practices of Yoga

    A woman who recently attended my Ayurvedic chef training on Kaua’i reminded me once again of the power of yoga and Ayurveda as combined treatment techniques. Over the past three years, this woman had been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, which set in after the birth of her second child. She had typical symptoms of joint pain, extreme morning stiffness, fatigue, a foggy mind and a feeling of overwhelm. She had removed most of the junk food from her diet and saw some improvement, but sought out an Ayurvedic consultation during her time at the training to find her next steps toward healing.

  • 5 Steps to Recover from Illness
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • August 19, 2015
    5 Steps to Recover from Illness

    Far too often, I see clients who come to me to address chronic health concerns that are the result of many years of asking their bodies to do more with less. I hear stories of people who are sick with the flu but continue to go to work every day, or people who are recovering from surgery trying to go right back to their old jogging regime.

  • Change Your Life by Changing What's on Your Plate
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • August 03, 2015
    Change Your Life by Changing What's on Your Plate

    Ayurveda and Yoga, given as sister sciences thousands of years ago, help us find balance in our lives, bodies and minds. In modern times, when we are pulled from one urgent task to the next, find relief in “vegging out” and eat for convenience, these ancient teachings of balance have never been more relevant.

Myra Lewin

Education and Experience

Myra holds a Certificate of Advanced Clinical Study in Ayurveda from Vinayak Ayurveda Chikitsalaya, Nagpur, India. She was grandfathered with Yoga Alliance as one of the first ERYT500s in the US, and is a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). Her harmonized and holistic approach to wellness has been refined by decades of personal application and rewarding work with her clients and students.

Events and Classes

With seasoned wisdom, Myra Lewin provides individual mentoring, panchakarma, a range of in-person and online Ayurveda and Yoga programs, immersions, and trainings, including a Yoga Alliance 200-hour hour teacher training. Myra is also the host of a holistically-focused Ayurveda and Yoga podcast. Myra supports people in all phases of life and health, including teachers, health practitioners, and those recovering from addiction.

Myra's Point of View

How were you introduced to Ayurveda?

My first Yoga teacher attempted to educate me about Ayurveda but it seemed too complicated to apply to my life.

Six years later, I was in India, telling some friends about my poor digestion and physical stiffness. They encouraged me to try ghee, saying it would help me feel better. I had rejected dairy all my life, and was not attracted to the idea of ghee at all. I was finally persuaded to give it an honest try, and my joints felt more flexible and comfortable in only one week!

Then and there I set out on a holistic path of learning and lifestyle changes.
 

When are you most likely to go out of balance and how do you bring yourself back in balance using Ayurveda?

Traveling. Airplanes or trains can imbalance my vata with the fast movement and dryness. When taking long trips, I bolster myself by oiling my body (abhyangha) before travel and after arrival at my destination. I make sure to bring my herbs with me and take them during the entire trip. Using Neti and Nasya on a daily basis is critical for maintaining my health while traveling.

A homemade rehydration drink also is a savior for me. I carry a 3oz bottle of honey, mineral salt, and lime mixed in the proper proportions to which I add hot water and drink on the trip. I also use an aromatherapy spray that I make for refreshing my eyes and skin. I shift my eating schedule the day I leave to come into sync with the destination. I use Vedic mantras to soothe my mind when things don’t go as planned.
 

How has Ayurveda changed your life?

My life totally transformed from one of constant discomfort, illness, and pain to boundless energy. As a child I had constant pain in my body. Through Ayurveda I learned how to:

  • Eat foods that balance my doshas.
  • Strengthen and maintain my digestive fire.
  • Express an attitude of appreciation for food and all of the hands and nature that brings it to me.
  • Truly nourish and nurture myself.
  • Be in my life rather than standing on the sidelines waiting to get started.

As a result I have obtained complete healing from rheumatoid arthritis, severe allergies, and leukemia. Most importantly, I have no more pain in my body! I feel better now at 64 years than I did at 30 years.

 

Myra Lewin

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