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#87 Why Taking Care of Your Five Senses is Vital to Feeling Young, Part 1

#87 Why Taking Care of Your Five Senses is Vital to Feeling Young, Part 1

Body Wisdom With Dr. Michele

Welcome to Season 3 of the Body Wisdom Podcast with Dr. Michele.

This season the podcast will be focusing on healthy habits. As your host, I’ll be recording solo episodes which will answer some of the most common questions I’m asked as a physician such as “how do I build a new habit?” "which habits are essential to get healthy again?" "what can I do to lose weight?" "how can I look and feel younger again?" "how can I start exercising again if I haven't done it in years?" and more. I will also be coaching patients and clients live on-air, and conducting interviews with other health & wellness experts. Of course, I am always open to new topic ideas, so if there is a topic you would like me to address or if there is a question you would like answered, please reach out. Email me directly at

Today Dr. Michele explains "Why Taking Care of Your Five Senses is Vital to Feeling Young."

I hope you enjoy the show!

About Dr. Michele:

As a physician & surgeon, certified Ayurvedic and Autoimmune health coach, yin yoga teacher, anatomy & physiology professor, and overall health & wellness expert, Dr. Michele Summers Colon is an Advocate for Women's Health. Her passion is helping women help themselves to heal their body. She is the author of Body Wisdom: 10 Weeks to Transformation, the creator and host of the Body Wisdom with Dr. Michele Podcast, and the leader of the Body Wisdom Membership Program.

She has been interviewed and quoted in many prominent publications including USA Today, US News & World Reports, Health Magazine, Yahoo! Makers, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. One of Dr. Michele’s greatest strengths is her ability to help women create balanced, healthy lives by looking at the whole picture. She combines the best of Eastern and Western medicine to create individualized health & wellness plans for her patients and clients. For 25 years, Dr. Michele has dedicated herself to maintaining a private medical practice and providing exceptional care to her patients while at the same time studying holisitic and integrative medicine. Dr. Michele believes that food is medicine and that yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation are the keys to perfect health.

Dr. Michele has a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology from UCBerkeley, a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences and a Doctorate degree in Podiatry from Barry University, and graduated from a Foot & Ankle Surgical Residency in Los Angeles. Dr. Michele is also certified in Ayurvedic as well as Autoimmune Health Coaching, Yoga, Reiki, Reflexology, and Laser Therapy. Dr. Michele specializes in Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Therapeutic Yoga to provide the most healing, relaxation, and rejuvenation to her patients and clients. Dr. Michele has studied Ayurvedic Medicine extensively and has worked with some of the best practitioners throughout the United States to bring Ayurveda to the forefront of medicine.

Combining yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation is one of Dr. Michele’s passions so that she can spread the word to as many people as possible that this is the path to perfect health.

Show Notes:

In Ayurveda, it is believed that there are 3 causes of disease: making poor choices, using your senses improperly, and living out of rhythm. This week's habit, caring for your five senses, deals with the second one. When you are not taking care of your Sense Organs, it’s called Asatmen-driy-artha Sam-yoga, or “Using Your Senses Poorly.” When we make unwise choices, we confuse our senses. Astmaya means inappropriate, indriya means sense organs, artha means the objects of the senses, and samyoga means to combine or to link. It's a mouthful that packs a punch, I know. So let's unpack it, starting with inappropriate.

You and I both know what taking an appropriate or inappropriate action feels like. If you're attentive to your body, you know when music is too aggressive, food too processed, or your eyes too tired to read the screen. Disregard your senses and you create disease in your body, your mind, your relationships, and/or in your spiritual life. That is asatmen-driy-artha sam-yoga in a nutshell -- our senses interacting inappropriately with specific things. Respect the wisdom and sensitivity of your senses.

But, which specific things are appropriate to interact with? Our senses are delicate instruments able to discriminate between that which brings long-lasting balance and that which is damaging. Pay very close attention to what you taste, see, hear, feel, and smell. Notice what delights and nurtures your senses. Tune into your senses to learn. Your senses will tell you when they've had enough. Your job is to pay attention and respond appropriately. If you continually make smart choices that respect the wisdom of your senses, you won't have a problem with the second cause of disease.

When you make inappropriate choices, you confuse or damage your se...

05/20/20 • 20 min

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