I have shared why I chose to be a student of Ayurveda… Now, I will share why you may consider adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle. Ayurveda is believed to be one of, if not the oldest, healing systems in the world. It’s teachings were divinely inspired and set forth a specific manner of living for one to attain optimum physical, psychological and spiritual health.
Ayurveda can be traced back over 5,000 years to ancient India; a time when the world was a different place. People and their daily routines were also very different. They lived in synch with circadian rhythms (natural cycles of the day and seasons). They ate food which was locally harvested and minimally altered from its natural state. Their days allowed for recreation and quiet reflection and were void of the constant stimulation we experience in our current society.
On a daily basis, I find myself longing for a simpler way of life. Not simple as in lacking challenge, but simple as in less externally focused. I used to envy people who had high-profile lives and worldly possessions. Now I envy the person who goes to bed at 10 PM and doesn’t have a smart phone. One of the many things I love about Ayurveda, is that it leads me on the path of simplifying, yet also enriching my life.
The scope of Ayurveda includes – diet/nutrition, lifestyle, exercise/Yoga, rest/relaxation, meditation, breathing/pranayama, the use of medicinal herbs, and cleansing/detoxification practices. The proper combination of the above methodologies allows an individual to return to his/her unique state of optimal balance, known in Ayurveda as prakruti. Invariably, during the course of one’s life, disruptions to this state occur as a result of things such as improper lifestyle of dietary choices, mental attitude, environmental changes, and genetic factors. This state of deviation, known as vikruti, leads to imbalance and ultimately disease.
The aim of Ayurvedic lifestyle and treatment is to bring us back to our prakruti so we can be in balance with ourselves and with nature. Since our prakruti is unique, what balances one individual may cause imbalance in another. That is where the science of Ayurveda and the tri-dosha comes into play. Using various methodologies, an Ayurvedic Practitioner can assess an individual’s prakruti (state of the doshas at time of birth) and vikruti (state of the doshas at the present time) and educate on the proper diet, exercise, and lifestyle routine. Depending on the level of vitiation, medicinal herbs and/or detoxification procedures may also be employed.
Ayurvedic techniques are effective for managing common ailments – such as digestive disorders, weight gain/obesity, insomnia, fatigue, anxiety/depression – as well as many that are less commonly occurring.
If you have questions on what Ayurveda can do for you, please e-mail me – firstname.lastname@example.org.