What is Ayurveda?

September 4, 2017

 

Are you looking for ways to improve your overall health?  You have the power to enhance your health just by adding a few simple healthy practices to your morning and evening routines.   I would love to share with you what has been working for me as I continue my study and practice of Ayurveda.    If you haven't heard yet, Ayurveda is a 5000-year-old system of natural healing that has stood the test of time.    It is considered to be the oldest system of healing still around today!  Through Ayurveda, you learn about your own unique constitution and specific guidelines, recipes, practices, etc you can do that will enable you to have vibrant health.  The following description of Ayurveda, found here explains it very well.   

"Ayurvedic practitioners use a well-balanced healthy diet, lifestyle changes, stress relief and various herbal remedies to heal all sorts of conditions by helping to bring the body back into balance. The overall belief is that disease and suffering results from an imbalance in the three doshas, which are ways of categorizing the body’s three basic energy types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.  According to Ayurvedic medicine, everyone is unique in terms of his or her individual balance between these three energy (or personality) types. Everyone has some vata, pitta and kapha to their personality, but usually one or two of the doshas are more dominant in a particular person — and this ultimately governs body type, appetite, energy levels, moods and tendencies."   

Deepak Chopra says:    "The two main guiding principles of Ayurveda are 1) the mind and the body are inextricably connected, and 2) nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind."   Which I believe to be true! 

If you would like to get a feeling for what your primary doshas might be, try one or more of these sites :  Banyan Botanicals  or Chopra Center or The Ayurveda Experience.  Understanding that we are all unique expressions of the 5 elements of the universe (fire, air, earth, water, ether), come together in our own way is truly inspiring and uplifting!

 

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