Food Addictions, Quick Highs & Compulsive Behaviours with Myra Lewin #017

About Myra Lewin

Myra embraced the power of Ayurveda and Yoga when her career as a corporate executive had previously made it difficult to manage her health. This prognosis pushed her to seek out a holistic lifestyle that would allow her body and mind to find balance.

She undertook trainings in Ayurveda and Yoga in India and around the world and as she healed her own body and mind through these ancient sciences, they became the foundation for her life.

Myra founded Hale Pule Ayurveda and Yoga in 1999 as a place for those on a journey towards greater health and genuine contentment.

Myra is the author of two books, Freedom in Your Relationship with Food and Simple Ayurvedic Recipes, a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and Yoga Alliance, and has more than 50,000 hours of Yoga teaching experience spanning 20 years. She has studied with some of the world’s most prominent practitioners of Ayurveda and Yoga, including Sunil Joshi, David Frawley, Robert Svoboda, Maya Tiwari, Sarasvati Buhrman, Vasant Lad, Sandra Kozak, Pattabhi Jois, Ramanand Patel, and Richard Freeman, among others. She has spoken at several conferences around the world.

Myra leads Yoga teacher trainings and Ayurvedic trainings and immersions in New Zealand and all over the world. She offers Ayurvedic health consultations, panchakarma, and dosha balancing treatments both in-person and by video conference. Among many of her clients, she is known as the "baby whisperer" because of amazing success stories helping couples use Ayurveda to overcome infertility issues.

When Myra is not helping others find balance in their lives, you’ll find her knee-deep in the dirt pulling weeds, making date pecan muffins in the kitchen, surfing, swimming, hiking or playing with her pups, Sukha and Nika.

In This Episode We Discuss

How Myra got into Ayurveda and Yoga

Ghee significantly helping Myra and being a catalyst in begining her jouney in Ayurveda. 

What is was like to study with David Frawley.

Significant teachers on Mryas path.

The importance of being present in our own practices for our self and to help others.

Establishing your self in Being and doing the work yourself before treating others and also before learning intellectually.

Aspects in today’s society that need to be addressed by healers.

Myras two biggest ways to make a difference in peoples lives.

Give them a little opening, a little snippet, don’t give them to much. Give them more light (sattva) and reduce tamasic activities (lower vibration activities).


Quick highs and additions - alcohol, exercise. 

Addiction to excitement, adrenaline, crating negative drama.

Sattva, Rajas and Tamas - the three mental gunas (qualities).

Ways to increase Sattva (Purity)

Reduce and eliminate the addiction.

Substitute actions for addictions:
Chant a manta, go for a walk, stop and take 12 deep breaths and smile to myself, talk to a friend.

Provide comfort in a different way.

Food addictions.

Metabolic issues of eating to often and snacking.

Becoming attached to particular effects that particular foods bring.

Not chewing foods.

Vata imbalance twisting the mind to become delusional about their situation. 

The biological effect of drinking a glass or two of wine regularly.

The Ayurvedic prescription on wine as medicine. 

Spiritual people regularly putting stimulates like coffee in them. 

Pranayama (breathing techniques) to gain and boost energy.

Myras four forms of pranayama to purify the body.

Nadi Shodana (Alternate nostril breathing) as one of the best forms of pranayama.

Dylan Smith doing Pranayam (movement of Prana) while sitting in a rock on a river

Self-administering herbs in a manipulative way.

Actions to take to prevent food cravings and addictions:

  • Chew your food properly
  • Don’t eat (snack) in between meals
  • Include the six tastes in a balanced way.
  • Make eating like a ritual.
  • Good fats like ghee.
  • Proper intake of drinking water.
  • Reduce salads. 

Yagya - an offering or surrendering of preferences in order to trigger certain laws of nature.

Agni Hotra - a yagya and fire ceremony done during sunrise and sunset. It cultivates the transcendental energy that is dominant during sunrise and sunset.

The new plans for Myras Ayurvedic institute, “Hale Pule” as it moves to New Zealand. 


Hale Pule - The Ayurveda and Yoga institute that Myra founded.

Agni Hotra - short fire ceremony to be done at sunrise and sunset.

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