What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is the oldest science in the world and it explains your body and the world around you as a mix of the five elements and other energetic factors. By considering the way you eat and live with the seasons, you can live more mindfully. Be striving for balance, we understand that this is the journey.
There are many ways I could introduce Ayurveda but this is a system that is adaptable and dynamic. The universal energy and matter we have in our world is made up of fire, water, earth, air and ether. We are made up of these energies, we have our own tendency(ies) to imbalance from our doshas (more later!), and our environment will add to the mess.
Looking at it from a mile away, you are a formation of rocks in a flowing river and it's your job to keep all your pieces together, stand tall and not crumble down into the water.
Of course, we have tools to figure out your body but that's only the beginning. What’s more important is that you figure out the habits that controls you, to be aware of the foo, people, emotions, actions that you interact with, how it changes your mood and body, and how you can find balance within this changing environment.
A Quick Summary of Ayurveda
The three doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, are derived from the five elements. Also known as mind-body types, the doshas express that each being is a blend of physical, emotional, and mental characteristics. More about this in a later post!
Food: Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food, wisely said by Hippocrates, the father of medicine. Eat fresh foods, get a balanced variety of tastes, and stay hydrated. Be curious, try different foods, and learn how to play in the kitchen! Definitely more on this later!
Time: Every 24 hours should be a cycle that we adapt to. Read more about the Ayurvedic Clock here!
Rest: It's really important for the body to have adequate rest so that it may replenish the body for another productive day. Sleep/self-care is so important! How about travel as self-care?
Emotions: Any stressful, emotional moments and events can trigger a physical response in the body. Left unattended, this can bring further distress and bring on other illness. Yoga can definitely help with bringing conscious awareness to your emotions. More about Yoga Therapy here.
Have you heard of Ayurveda? I love learning new ways to apply it to my life! Share your story in the comments section.
Love and light,