Intro to Ayurveda
Updated: Jan 14
TODAY'S TOPIC: INTRO TO AYURVEDA
It is month two of 2020 and we are going to kick it off by talking about Ayurveda. If you are new to Ayurveda or have never heard of it, then you are in the right place.
WHAT IS AYURVEDA?
Ayurveda /äyərˈvādə/ is the science of longevity and life and has been actively studied and practice for about five-thousand years. In Sanskrit, āyus means life and Veda means knowledge. The science of Ayurveda is key if you are on a quest to live a long and healthy life. Think about it, if you are having health ailments in your thirties or forties, then you may not be on the right path for a healthy long life and you may need to make some shifts in your lifestyle. Ayurveda is a holistic approach to living your best and longest life.
FOUR MAIN HEALTH COMPONENTS OF AYURVEDA?
In the science of Ayurveda, there are four main components of health that is broken down. Some of these components may seem obvious and interesting but I believe one may throw you off. So, let us get into the four components.
Physical Body – Health is made up of your physical body which may seem obvious right? If you have a broken arm, then you will not be able to show up as your best self which makes sense.
Mind – Another obvious component. I can have a six-pack of rock-hard abs but if my mind is not right, then I am not where I need to be to thrive. Mental health is still a relatively new focus for people because twenty plus years ago mental health was pushed aside and not treated properly. Ayurveda however has been talking about this for five-thousand years and has noted the importance of our mental health.
Soul – Our soul is our deeper connection to our purpose and meaning within us whether it is with the universe, spirit, or whatever you like to call it within your own realm. In the science of Ayurveda, they recognize the difference between an option that is matter and a life that also matters is the soul, a spark of life.
Senses – Our five senses are hearing, sight, smell, touch, and taste. Our senses allow us to perceive every situation so if your senses are off then you could potentially be putting on a lens that will create a negative perception. In that format, if you take care of your senses then you will create an opportunity for yourself to perceive things in a positive light.
AYURVEDA FOR YOUR PHYSICAL BODY
In the science of Ayurveda, to be healthy, we need balanced waste products which are sweat, urine, and bowel movements. Every day you should have all three of these an if you do not then you will need to investigate the root issue. The next element of balanced health is balanced digestion. There is a balanced time frame as to when you are digesting food. The faster is not the healthiest and neither is slow digestion. The last element is healthy Dosha. If you are unfamiliar with Dosha, I do go into this in more depth and talk about what is your dosha. Your Dosha is essentially living in your genetics and knowing who are and treating your body and mind appropriately based on your Dosha. The type that I am, I am prone to flakiness and clumsiness so if I do not balance myself then I could be overly anxious, and anxiety-filled while tripping all over the place.
THE SCIENCE OF AYURVEDA AND IT’S GOAL
To have a balanced waste and digestive system, balanced Dosha, and balance in the mind all in the same realm then we are being true to ourselves. If we are living situated in ourselves then we are not always anxious or worried about things like a pain in the back, acne on our face, or frustration from our boss. If you are situated in yourself then you will be confident, stable, and balanced. The whole goal to have complete balance in our body, mind, and soul.
TAKE ACTION FOR A BALANCED LIFE WITH AYURVEDA
I often hear from clients when we first meet that they do not have time for this. I then ask them, what do you not have time for? Your health? If you do not have your health, you do not have anything. If you do not have your health, you cannot show up as your best self and provide a substantial service to anyone or anything. If you are someone who mindlessly puts on cream to give relief to your dry skin and/or rash or takes medication for an ailment here is my invitation to you, join me for future Wellness Wednesdays. Let us talk about Ayurveda and what it can do for you. Let us have a conversation about what Ayurveda can bring to your life. You will feel a difference in your vitality, energy, and overall health. Your skin will look better, your menstrual cycle will become more stable, your migraines will go away, and the list goes on. Talking about our bodies should not be a taboo or uncomfortable conversation. If we cannot talk about them then how will we ever feel better in them? If we cannot help ourselves then we will not be able to help others.