What is a Dosha?

In the world of Ayurveda, a person’s dosha encompasses their personal constitution– mentally and physically. Each dosha is directly related to a person’s preferences and aversions, their personality, the seasons, the elements, and more.

There are 3 doshas: kapha, pitta, and vata. One of the 3 doshas will be dominant in your life– even if only slightly. Our goal is to keep them in balance, and when they are out of balance we can usually tell. For instance, a balanced pitta is loyal, nurturing, and forgiving. But an unbridled pitta can lead a person to feel less secure, controlling, or insensitive.

Knowing your dosha is just one of the many ways that you can nurture self-compassion. Through crosswork yoga, you can equip yourself to become more mindful of where your dosha is and how to navigate back toward sattva, or balance.

You Are What You Think

Why have my workouts plateaued?
If the surgery was a success, then why am I still in pain?
I moved on, so why does thinking about my former job still upset me?

Have you ever wondered how individual components of your life fit together?

Professionally, intellectually, emotionally, physically, and spiritually YOU are a complex being made up of trillions of specialized cells that work together to perform intricate and sophisticated processes– all day, every day. Even while you sleep!

When our systems are not balanced, cells are affected — in supply, in form, or in function. Dispropriation at the cellular level can set off a physiological chain reaction affecting our tissues, which can upset our organs, which can disturb our body’s systems until eventually we can even experience dysfunction or disease.

But when our systems are in a state of balance, our brains are better able to build neuroplasticity– growing and adapting appropriately to the stimuli around us. We feel energized to do the things we love and expect that we are able to do those things. We are hopeful and feel confident that we have the tools to prosper.

No longer threatened, we no longer react. Instead, we can aptly respond to everything that comes our way. In full belief that all things are working together for our good, we are released from haywire defense mechanisms.

Crosswork is a conscious, intentional shift in the ordering of our thoughts and habits. Simply put, crosswork is a lifestyle of mindfulness.

Seize the Day

I can still see Robin Williams standing on the desk.

I can still hear his voice entreating his students, “Carpe Diem.”

Seize the Day.

The movie Dead Poets Society had such a profound impact on my young life. I wanted to live with that type of passion. I still do! If you want to live out your ginormous dream, you are in the right place. Dreaming is such a healthy part of life that is so undervalued. Dreams are what give us the hope to press on. Dreams are what made scientists look at the moon and think that walking on its surface could be a possibility. And once it was a reality, and we had compressed space travel into an opportunity reserved for astronauts, dreams are what made Elon Musk think that it was possible for anyone!

Crosswork began because my dad, my sister, and I had a dream. We believe that maintaining wellness as you fulfill your purpose isn’t something reserved for a few people. We believe that it’s possible for everyone.