Today’s blog is all about holistic Ayurveda, the healing branch of yogic science. A gift from India. Ayur means life and Veda means knowledge — the ”knowledge of life and longevity.” Sometimes Ayurveda can be the best medicine, especially when it comes to treating anxiety and stress.
Ayurveda doesn’t use the synthetic pills so often prescribed in the West. Instead, it uses yogic tools like mindfulness, meditation, and conscious breathing (pranayama), combined with ayurvedic herbs and a healthy vegetarian diet that evolves into a lifestyle. It’s a system that teaches you how to get healthy and stay that way.
The ultimate goal of Ayurveda is a healthy physical body, a calm (sattvic) mind and a soul connection with Spirit.
ABC’s of Ayurveda
Ayurveda starts with three core principles for healthier living:
A. Treat organic fruits and veggies as medicine.
B. Practice a moving meditation like Yoga or Tai Chi.
C. Learn and practice the different methods of Ayurvedic detox.
An Ayurvedic practitioner prescribes specific foods and healing spices based on your body-mind type, or dosha. Eating habits must be “pure, essential, natural, vital, energy-containing, clean, conscious, honest, and wise.” Diseases like heart attack, stroke, and cancer can often be prevented by awareness of these simple rules.
Detox is a key pillar of Ayurveda. Put no junk food in your body and no junk food in your mind. Ayurvedic detox methods include Abhyanga, a healing self-massage with medicated oils, Svedana (steam bath therapy for sweating away toxins) and Shirodhara (bliss therapy) to calm the mind and expand the awareness.
Learn how to de-stress with mantra and pranayama (breath practices). These are yoga for your mind.
Treat the Cause, Not the Symptom
Ayurveda is in many ways opposite to the Western approach. Instead of just treating symptoms, it goes to the root causes of a disease, whether physical, mental or spiritual.
Root causes include dysfunctional relationships, stress at work and a toxic diet. The end result may manifest as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes or a host of other illnesses.
Ayurveda is not about the ‘quick fix” or taking pills to treat a symptom. It’s about discovering the root cause of a disease, then treating it accordingly.
Take charge of your health today. Don’t wait until something breaks. Discover the ayurvedic essentials for staying healthy: right food, right exercise, right herbs, right sleep and right actions.
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