Why I LOVE Ayurveda: Reason #3

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REASON #3: Ayurveda teaches the power of self-healing.

When we get sick, most of us are trained to seek answers or healing from somewhere outside of ourselves – usually from doctors who hardly know anything about us! Or some of us look to the internet for solutions to our symptoms.

Ayurveda asks us to instead develop a deeper connection and level of communication with our own bodies, so that we can listen to its messages and learn what it needs.

As I mentioned last week, Ayurveda tells us that we experience symptoms because of an imbalance in our constitution, which is composed of the three doshas: vata, pitta and kapha. And the key to restoring health is to correct that imbalance.

Ayurveda teaches us the qualities of the doshas so that we can become familiar with the characteristics of our unique constitution. Such knowledge enables us to recognize 1) when we go out of balance, and 2) how to take action to bring ourselves back into balance.

In other words, Ayurveda provides the language in which our bodies are speaking to us. It helps us understand our bodies’ messages so that we can understand how to restore that balance.

That is not to say you should abandon your ties to Western medicine. Instead, it’s an invitation to notice where that model has gaps in its approach to healing, and to open yourself to the possibility that you have much more self-healing power than you have been led to believe.

Stay tuned for next week when I share REASON #4 for loving Ayurveda.


Want to learn how you can bring Ayurvedic self-healing practices into your life? Join me in my upcoming workshop: 

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RECLAIM YOUR HEALTH + THRIVE WITH AYURVEDA

Saturday, March 24th, 2018:

2pm – 4pm

Square One Yoga, San Leandro

 

Ayurveda is the world’s oldest holistic healing system and is considered Yoga’s “sister science.” Though shunned for many years, modern science now recognizes the incredible efficacy of Ayurvedic practices in healing disease and imbalances of the modern world.

In this workshop, we’ll explore the nature of this life-transforming tradition, and discover how the principles of Ayurveda teach us to awaken our natural ability to self-heal and bring benefit to our communities, all living creatures and the planet.

All workshop participants will be offered a free 15 minute Ayurvedic phone consultation by appointment after workshop.

Cost: $30 for members of Square One, $35 for non-members.

$5 off if you register by 3/17/18.

Be sure to save your spot and register here.

Why I LOVE Ayurveda: Reason #2

Ayu-2REASON #2: Ayurveda’s holistic approach heals ALL of you: body, mind and spirit. 

I wrote last week about how I turned to Ayurveda to heal from IBS. And while I healed myself from these digestive issues, I received some unexpected healing bonuses!

Since embracing the practices of Ayurveda, I have said “so long” to seasonal allergies, chronic sinus infections, and a rash (which I was told I had because I was “aging”). I no longer suffer with bouts of depression and my anxiety levels have dropped dramatically.

Why?

Ayurveda tells us that we get sick or experience symptoms because of an imbalance in our constitution. Over time, how that imbalance shows up may change. We may start noticing some digestive issues, then get tendonitis. Later we develop issues with anxiety and our skin is constantly dried out. Seemingly unrelated issues, right? Not with Ayurveda.

While a Western medicine approach might look at all these symptoms separately, and provide different treatments or prescriptions for each one,

Ayurveda would instead look at them holistically, considering all aspects of our lives to determine the root cause of imbalance.  And once that root cause is understood and addressed, we can bring healing to our whole being.

Consequently, not only did I leave behind physical symptoms, I’ve also begun to let go of outdated and unhealthy emotional and behavior patterns. And this deep healing has allowed me to gain more clarity about my life’s purpose, and given me the confidence to pursue that purpose.

Stay tuned for next week when I share REASON #3 for loving Ayurveda.


Want to learn how you can bring Ayurvedic practices into your life? Join me in my upcoming workshop: 

workshop1

RECLAIM YOUR HEALTH + THRIVE WITH AYURVEDA

Saturday, March 25, 2018:

2pm – 4pm

Square One Yoga, San Leandro

 

Ayurveda is the world’s oldest holistic healing system and is considered Yoga’s “sister science.” Though shunned for many years, modern science now recognizes the incredible efficacy of Ayurvedic practices in healing disease and imbalances of the modern world.

In this workshop, we’ll explore the nature of this life-transforming tradition, and discover how the principles of Ayurveda teach us to awaken our natural ability to self-heal and bring benefit to our communities, all living creatures and the planet.

All workshop participants will be offered a free 15 minute Ayurvedic phone consultation by appointment after workshop.

Cost: $30 for members of Square One, $35 for non-members.

$5 off if you register by 3/17/18.

Be sure to save your spot and register here.

 

 

Why I LOVE Ayurveda

If you’ve taken a class from me, you’ve probably heard me talk about this holistic healing system that is considered the sister science to yoga. But why am I so smitten? Well…lots of reasons! There is so much to love about Ayurveda. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to reveal the top 5 ayu1Reasons why Ayurveda has captured my heart for life!

REASON #1

  1. Ayurveda provides answers and healing for “incurable” symptoms.

Years ago I was diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). If you know anything about it, you know it’s no fun and can be quite debilitating, even humiliating.

Western medicine has had very little success in treating IBS, and I personally did not receive any effective therapies from my doctors. It was a deeply frustrating time. I didn’t understand why this was happening and why no one could tell me how to fix it.

But I knew that there must be answers somewhere. And in my search, I found Ayurveda. Though I initially doubted such an ancient tradition (Ayurveda is over 5,000 years old!) could be relevant to modern ailments, here is where I finally started receiving answers and healing. And today, I am completely IBS-symptom free. And I feel stronger, healthier, happier and more energized now in my 40s than I ever did in my 20s or 30s.

So what answers did I get? Namely, that I had an imbalance in my constitution. In Ayurveda each of us is born with a constitution composed in varying proportions of the 3 doshas: vata, pitta and kapha. This constitution, unique to each of us, is our personal state of health, our balance. When go out of balance, especially for long periods of time, we get sick.

To come back into balance, treatment involves “calming” the aggravated or excessive doshas, mainly through changes to diet and lifestyle, as these are the main causes for imbalance. In some severe or chronic cases, taking herbs and other treatments may be recommended.

To be clear, Ayurvedic healing is not a quick fix, but a process of changing our habits, learning better ways to nourish ourselves, and aligning ourselves with nature’s rhythms so that we can address the root cause of our symptoms and heal from the inside out.

Stay tuned for next week where I share REASON #2 for loving Ayurveda.