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Tim: Hello, this is Tim
Vie: And this is Vie. And we welcome you to another episode of the Spartan mind strengths podcast.
Tim: And this is number five of six for
Vie: For the ayurvedic prepper series
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Tim: And we’re back. But first did you subscribe, did you listen, did you all of those things or not
Vie: Did you find the show notes?
Tim: Yes. Today we’re going to be continuing to talk about the Ayurvedic prepping and we’re going to be bringing in something from Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Franklin used to do what was called the five hour rule. And we’re going to be using that five-hour rule for today in Ayurvedic prepping.
Tim: So what Benjamin Franklin did is he took one hour out of each day of the weekdays, Monday through Friday, Saturday, Sunday, he didn’t do it. But Monday through Friday, he took one hour out of each Workday and added in basically, knowledge. He learned, he did things that he could do to become better at something. So he didn’t go and he wasn’t continually just working. He took time off to study. He read books, he talked to people. He tried to get his, what he did in a better way.
Vie: Exactly, even a self evaluation. So, and the reason to say, well, why couldn’t he do that on the weekends right. And we don’t even know if you know what he was doing on the weekends, but the idea is that it was so important to him that, that self improvement, self evaluation, that he made it part of his daily routine of his work week.
Vie: So to him to be better, to be better at his work, at his skills, he needed to do nothing in terms of applying his skills. So instead of applying, applying, applying, say, practice, practice, practice, he took the one hour off to actually slack, right, in terms of his skills. For something completely different that would actually apply to his skills. And that’s the idea. It was completely different. What he was dedicating his time to, different from his daily do do do.
Tim: And so one of the things that he was doing was he took so like for us, we teach ayurveda, we teach yoga. So that we do almost seven days a week. But our main workdays are actually Friday, Saturday, Sunday, but we do a lot of prepping for it for the week.
Tim: And when we had the studio, it was, we had classes every day. Now, how do you bring Ayurvedic prepping into teaching yoga? And, so it’s one of those things that you have to really look at. Well, let’s look at how we can do that. And that is by looking inside ourselves and start focusing on things that aren’t related to yoga, but are related to our own health. And when we’re looking at our own health, that will feed into being a better teacher of yoga.
Vie: Yeah, absolutely. Our own health, our own mental, our own mental state, like physical health and mental state. The other way to also bring the ayurvedic prepping say into teaching yoga is: Is what we teach, does what we teach fit into the latest scientific research:
Vie: Or does what we teach fit into what all the thriving cultures were practicing?
Vie: So it is about that well-rounded
Tim: Ability to teach and ability to practice.
Tim: So I want to go first into the five hours a week into our own self. And so we teach yoga, we teach yoga, we teach yoga, we teach ayurveda, we teach ayurveda, we teach ayurveda.
Vie: What do we teach?
Tim: Yoga and ayurveda. But with that, there’s a lot of things that yoga, Hatha yoga, Hatha yoga, the body, the movement, the training, fitness training of yoga, it really doesn’t touch things.
Tim: So there are certain things like it doesn’t do a lot for your back. There’s not a lot of poses that really target your back, like chaturanga targets your chest.
Tim: So, so in that, the five hours a week, we don’t do yoga.
Tim: We do cross training, I guess the term would be. So the first step is how do you become physically fit in that five hours a week. Because if your house is burning, you don’t start doing sun salutations to put it out. But you have to run, you have to carry things.
Tim: You have to do stuff that yoga poses might assist you, but they’re not going to actually really assist you because you might not ever jog, you might never sprint in your daily life and your yoga practice doesn’t teach sprinting. Now there’s a lot of benefits to yoga. I’m not saying that there isn’t and sun salutations are great, great practice, but they’re not running.
Vie: Yeah, exactly. It’s not, it’s not fully functional. Right. It’s it’s not the training that, it doesn’t target what you would need to do in an emergency situation.
Tim: It’s not teaching you to carry a human body, your child, your grandma, your wife, your husband, your whatever. It doesn’t teach you to be able to pick that person up that might be injured and get them out of harm’s way.
Vie: Exactly. Exactly. So it’s not, and that’s why you look. So in that part, the big idea of the ayurvedic prepping is that do whatever you can ahead of time, so you don’t have to react in, you know, when the emergency happens. You can act, because you are prepared enough. So you can take action, but taking action is going to be more effective than the random reaction.
Tim: Yes. Yes. So if you take action on doing certain things that will assist you and even like jogging, jogging, I’m not even talking about jogging because jogging, you’re not going to run three miles. You need to be able to get from point A to point B very quickly. So sprinting would be a much better functional training for prepping.
Vie: Exactly. Yes.
Tim: Crawling on the ground. How many people can actually do what’s called bear crawls.
Tim: Be able to get under things without hurting your back without hurting your knees. There’s not a lot of poses that actually teach what a good bear crawl would do for a person.
Vie: Exactly. Lifting, lifting something in the realistic way, how you would lift, your, well another person, and in more realistic ways, how would you lift a heavy load to put in your car to go somewhere
Tim: So deadlifts. Deadlifts are very important. And you don’t have to deadlift 5,000 pounds because you should never have to lift 5,000 pounds, but being able to deadlift something, being able to do one of the other ones that we always did, and we still do, farmers walks.
Vie: Oh my goodness. Yeah. Farmer’s walk.
Tim: And farmer walk is basically just taking weight and putting it in your hands and walking with it. And then the more advanced is putting one pound of weight in one side and a different pound of weight in the other side and walking with it.
Vie: Yeah. Rucksack walk.
Tim: Rucksack walk. Yes. Those are things that are basically functional, if everything is starting to go weird.
Vie: Exactly. Exactly. And they all target, the idea is strengthen your core enough to be able to be, to be functional when the emergency happens.
Tim: Yup. And so to take that
Vie: We are not talking CrossFit competitions.
Vie: That’s not, not, not, not realistic training for a situation like this.
Tim: Yup. So what we’re talking about is taking one hour a day and adding, I’m not, we’re not even talking about doing an hour of fitness a day. We’re just saying in that hour, add some functional training and functional training is a very specific style of training that fits each person differently.
Tim: It’s not the whole thing that - Oh, I teach functional training — and it’s the same exercise for everybody. It’s not. So functional training for prepping.
Tim: There’s a huge difference. And being fit is one of the main things. Do you, how far do you have to walk? How, do you have to sprint? Your grip strength is huge. Grip strength is huge. Just carrying a kettlebell is great for grip strength. And if you can’t afford a kettlebell, there’s other things that you can get for free.
Vie: A bucket with rocks, a bucket with dirt.
Tim: So there’s a lot of different things. So when you start looking at the five hours that we’re going to continue talking about, add some of this stuff into each one of those days, don’t take the full hour and do it, unless you want to. But we’re not saying that. Just doing a couple sprints takes less than five minutes and it starts getting your body prepped. So
Vie: We’ll be right back with a lot more stuff for the five-hour, stay tuned.
Tim: And we’re back.
12:28 Tim: And we’re talking about basically fitness, some forms of fitness, that is unrelated to yoga. And then I also want to get into this five hours in the week because you’re not going to be spending a lot; Well, you can. We’re, we’re talking about how we do it.
Tim: And so we don’t spend a lot of time with, basically poses that are almost, actually are useless. Because like fish.
Vie: That’s not, that’s outside the five hour. We don’t teach poses,
Tim: But even in our own practice, when we’re, we’re doing things because I don’t want to waste, we don’t waste an hour just on yoga, every day. Because there’s, there’s so many of the poses that if you actually really look at them, they’re useless.
Tim: All they are there for is to look pretty. They have very little benefits. Actually they have, there’s other poses in yoga that have a lot more benefits with a lot less,
Vie: Risk of injury.
Tim: Yes. So, and I’m bringing up fish because that’s one of them. There’s several more, but fish is one that I don’t even know why people still teach it today.
Vie: I am not sure.
Tim: Because we actually sent out some different questions to groups of yoga teachers and almost all of them teach fish. And so, why do you teach fish? And their answers was - Oh, it does this, it does this, it does this, Oh, counter indication is this, it takes, I make sure that I show each person in class how to do it -
Tim: So there’s all these reasons why they teach it. But none of them actually gave benefits that you could not do from like reverse tabletop.
14:14 Tim: So I know I’m running into a tangent, but what I’m, what I’m trying to get across is don’t practice things that take too much time and are not beneficial for your body. Like the three minutes it takes to practice fish. You can do,
Vie: You can do the sprinting.
Tim: You can finish your sprinting. Yeah. So that’s what I’m trying to get to is I don’t, I don’t care about the daily practice of yoga that you’re doing or what you teach on the weekend or what you teach in the evening. That’s not what I’m talking about, that you can teach fish if you want to, because you know, this is the United States and we’re allowed to do whatever we want, still, sort of, but
Vie: Most of our listeners don’t teach yoga probably,
Tim: But fish is one that is a waste of time where sprinting is a lot more important. Three minutes of, give me another post, of warrior one, warrior one to make sure everybody’s in the proper stance, you can do, two sets of, whatever walk, farmers walk.
Vie: Or plow.
Tim: Plow, plow another wasteful pose. By the time you do plow, if you cut out plow, you cut out warrior one, you cut out standing head to knee,
Tim: You cut out wheel.
Tim: You cut out headstand and you can have the workout that we just talked about and become more functional because you don’t go into a headstand when you’re trying to get, save people in a fire.
Tim: There’s no need for it. So the, our concept is do things that you may need to do if something happens.
Vie: Absolutely. It's how high maintenance is, what you’re doing and, what are the return on your time and energy investment for that high maintenance.
Tim: But we’ll talk about poses in another series. So back to this series of prepping, so there’s things that you should be looking at and each person is different. So each person really has to sit down and think, what would I need to do to strength train in the week, the five days, that’s only a couple of minutes that will get me prepped so that I can do something if something bad happens. And then there’s also the concept of you want to know skills.
Tim: But before we get into skills, breath-work.
Tim: Breath-work works for everything. Because you will need to, and we talked about breath work in the last one, is that you need to be able to control your breath no matter what’s happening.
Vie: Exactly. Because you need, you need to get in, enough oxygen and you need to use it wisely for your ATP, right, for your energy, the energy of life. Also breath work will help your mental state. So being able to regulate your breath, is helping you regulate your mind. And you need to be able to be calm under pressure. So breath work is extremely important and it only takes a couple of minutes. So within that hour in your day, just take five minutes max and regulate your breath. Practice, breathing in through the nose, out through the nose. Slowly.
18:03 Tim: One of the things that I like to do, and we used to do this in SWAT training was, we would get the guys running, pushups, pull ups, just things that got the heart rate rolling. And then they had to shoot.
Tim: So you had to be able to calm your breath and still hit target.
Tim: So breath work is one of the things that I’ve taken through my entire, actually, since I was like 12 years old, because that’s when I started learning it. I took it through my entire life and I will the rest of my life. It was able to calm me so I could then focus under high stress situations.
Vie: Exactly. S when you are, when you are sprinting, for example, when you are sprinting and you catch yourself breathing through the mouth, because that’s what sprinting does. Then when you walk for a little bit, how quickly can you recover to go into your nose breathing? And that’s breath work in and of itself.
Tim: Yup. And then even trying to sprint by breathing through your nose.
Vie: Exactly. Exactly.
Tim: So there’s a lot of these things that you can attach the breath work to. So you don’t have to, it’s great to set five minutes aside, 10 minutes aside for breath work, but you also want to add that breath work to your fitness training.
Vie: Yes. To your functional movement for the prepping. Absolutely. Being, being able to be in control of your body and your breath and being able to be in control of your body and your breath simultaneously is even more challenging. And it is the greatest preparation you can do for a type of emergency.
Tim: So I want to say bye bye again for a couple of seconds. And we’ll be right back to talk about studying. Because if we talk about studying now, it’s going to go way past the 10 minute mark.
Vie: Ok, stay tuned.
20:15 Tim: And we’re back. And we’re still talking about Benjamin Franklin’s five-hour rule. And so one of the rules that he did in that five hours was he would study.
Tim: Now in the Ayurvedic world, not in the Ayurvedic world, well yeah, in the Ayurvedic world, but also in the prepping world, you want to study things that will help you to survive and then thrive. So if you know how to do things that will help you survive, you automatically go to thriving. You thrive through everything because if you have to learn something quickly, that is going to put you in survival mode again. And survival mode is not a good place to be in.
Vie: Yeah. Not for long, not for long.
Tim: So I want to talk about each person’s going to be different. So if you live in a condo, that’s going to be different than if you live on the water, which will be different than if you live on a boat, which will be different if you live on a goat and so forth. Yes.
Tim: But there are things that you want to look at, like, do you know how to sew? Can you sew your own clothes if you need it? Can you sharpen your own knife? And I’m talking not about stabbing people knife, I’m talking about, can you sharpen your knife to be able to cut your vegetables or your meat during times of needs? What happens if you break your knife, can you then fix it or do you have to go to somebody to fix it? Can you charge stuff in your home because you studied solar? Can you, let’s see what else,
Vie: have, you have enough medication for whatever you need.
Tim: So have you studied what you need to be able to stay safe. And when you say medication for me, I’m looking at, for your first aid,
Vie: Yeah, first aid.
Tim: Have you studied your basic first aid.
Tim: Have you studied your, how to get to, or do you even know what bug in and bug out means. And if you do know, have you studied what to do if you have to bug in and bug in basically means that you are staying in your house or in your apartment or in your condo, while things are going bad outside. Or do you have to bug out, which means things are going bad on your neighborhood and it’s going to go bad in your house, so you have to leave quickly.
Tim: So if you know how to bug in that means you can, you will learn what you need in your home and how to keep it going for say three days, for say five days, what happens if it’s a week.
23:02 Tim: And then what happens if you have to leave your home, how do you bug out for a couple of days and then be able to come back and see what happened at your house. So studying those things, do you know how to start a fire? For me, we have lighters all over the place so I can start a fire pretty quickly.
Vie: Can you start a fire without a lighter?
Tim: Yes I can. But, but in reality, will, most people need to be able to start a fire without a lighter. And the answer is probably no. But can you start a fire with a lighter?
23:36 Tim: Can you, like for us, one of the main things is, we like coffee. So the question is, is can I turn green coffee, because we got a lot of green coffee and we make our own roasted, can we roast it and turn it into drinkable coffee? And the answer is yes. So, we know how to turn green coffee, because green coffee lasts a year so you can keep it in storage, green coffee into roasted coffee, roasted coffee into ground coffee, ground coffee into French press or Turkish coffee, and drink it.
Tim: So we know how to do that. So every morning when everything else is going bad, at least we’ll have a good cup of coffee.
Vie: Yep. And I’m still stuck on the medication thing.
Tim: Well, that’s part of the prepping also, is
Vie: Do you know, if you are on a medication, do you know for how long you need to be taking that and what if you couldn’t have immediate access when you needed it, what would happen then. So that’s something to be aware of. So take a couple of minutes and know, you know, figure out — this is for how long I’m taking it, I have this, and
Tim: Yup. And learning how to talk your doctor into giving you maybe an extra month supply,
Tim: Or learn how to get off of the medication
Vie: Reduce it at least.
Tim: So that you’re healthy without it.
Vie: Exactly. So that your doctor can be reducing it, say you’re healthy enough, you can reduce it and shortly your doctor can say you’re off of the medication and that is the best thing to happen.
Tim: Yeah. So there’s a lot of things you can study each day of the week. And for us, we like to do that in the morning.
Tim: So we start off right off the bat with the fitness aspect and then we go into the studying and then we leave that hour into going into our business and working that. So we’re not changing course at one in the afternoon, we’re changing course in the morning time so that we have a full day of being able to do everything else.
Vie: Absolutely. And the idea of the studying is that don’t, there is a specific topic, say an example of what we gave or something you need to figure out. Don’t just blindly, believe what everybody else says. Do your own research.
26:24 Tim: Just as simple as don’t be, don’t think that you can rely on somebody giving you directions, if you need to leave .
Tim: That Siri is going to be able to tell you how to get to someplace because that might not be working. So
Vie: Neither Siri nor Alexa.
Tim: Learn how to read a map. If you don’t know how to read a map and actually go get a map, AAA gives them away for nothing.
Vie: Paper map.
Tim: Yeah, paper, handheld maps so that you know how to get to places. So those are things that you want to always be studying.
Tim: And so don’t be a victim of your surroundings is the most important thing Don’t rely on other people, don’t rely on the government, don’t rely on the neighbors, don’t rely on anything. You must have to rely on yourself.
Vie: Exactly. Don’t be a victim of information that you are randomly fed. There is so much information out there that you got to sort through. And the only way is starting simple and,
Tim: And who knows next year, you might be teaching survival courses.
Vie: Exactly. You never know, infinite possibilities. Right?
Tim: We say night night now?
Vie: It’s daytime.
Vie: Until next time, much, much love from both of us. Namaste kala. May we all be well, adapt and thrive.
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