VATA IN BALANCE:
In our last post, we looked at signs of vata imbalance. Now, I'd like to introduce some practical tips for how to keep vata in balance when it gets out of whack.Read More
VATA: THE MOVER AND SHAKER
In the last post we looked briefly at the three main constitutional types in Ayurveda. Here, I'll go into more depth about vata, the mover and shaker of the three constitutions.
This information will be especially useful for readers who:
Principally associated with the air and space elements, Vata is the main force which controls everything in the body.
In Sanskrit, it is said:
"Just as a cloud cannot move without the help of the wind,
pitta and kapha cannot move without the aid of vata."
When vata is balanced, everything is fine. When vata is out of balance, this can lead to problems in the body, including pitta and kapha imbalances also.
KNOW YOUR TYPE:
Constitution, or your Ayuurvedic type, is at the heart of Ayurveda's approach to well-being. Knowing your constitution allows you to maximize your quality of life, health and happiness by following the recommendations for food and lifestyle for each constitution.
While Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis with an expert is the best way to recognize one's constitution, I've spoken about the general charateristics of each body type to help familiarize reaers with general tendencies. So read on to acquaint yourself with the main constitutions and the self-discovery that is the joy of Ayurveda,Read More
Let's continue our series on a summer lifestyle that helps to beat the heat and keep you fresh for fall and winter. It amazed me as I asked Dr. Lokesh pointed, specific questions about the season of summer, how often we referred to the other months of winter, fall and spring. He had a holistic viewpoint. Part of his lifestyle recommendations, based on the ancient science of Ayurveda, were directed at keeping in tune with nature to stay healthy year-round. So summer is viewed as an important time of preparation to keep the requisite health to face the fall with full force and vitality.
Now, how to do that?
Here's where I can introduce Dr. Lokesh once again. Dr. Lokesh has had an extensive practice, spanning over fourteen years, with a focus on teaching Ayurvedic procedures as well as consulting with patients from all over the globe through Sri Sri Ayurveda. His travels in India, various countries of Europe and the U.S. have given him a good perspective on varying climactic conditions and the season's effects on the body.
Here the doctor offers some concrete steps for a supportive lifestyle during the summer months.Read More
When so many detox programs are available today, how do you decide which one is the best fit for you? My sister takes an annual “Panchakarma” retreat at the Art of Living Panchakarma Center. Having been in continual awe of how physically and emotionally fit she is, I decided to meet up with Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar BAMS, MD; one of the most academically accomplished Ayurvedic Physicians in the US, to understand what Panchakarma therapy is and how it differs from the many other detox treatments out there.
It's summer time again, and to avoid that summer time sadness, we have offered five easy tips to reduce the heat. Have you seen the tell-tale signs of summer playing havoc on your system? Many people are surprised to find that despite the extra vacation time and sunshine, they feel more tired in summer, and it's partly due to the shift in seasons. To explore the season's heat and what you can do to alleviate it in more detail, I've asked Dr. Lokesh's advice. He's offered some fascinating insights and practical solutions to keep cool for all constitutions.
The heat of summer hit home as I started this article. While we started by the fountain under the shade, as the morning and the sun both moved on, my body bore the brunt of the brilliant sun, increasing the heat, or pitta. I started to notice discomfort, intensity of thought and questioning and irritability. Ever sensitive, Dr. Lokesh gently suggested we shift to the shade to share further about how to cool the body and mind.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is the ancient Indian system of natural and holistic medicine. When translated from Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “the science of life” (the Sanskrit root ayur means “longevity” or “life” and veda means “science”). Ayurvedic medicine is a complete system because is rooted in all 4 dimensions of health: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
The knowledge of Ayurveda was passed on orally through a line of rishis, who were the ancient scientists of India, until it was written and collected into texts more than five thousand years ago. The oldest known texts on Ayurveda are the Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, and the Ashtanga Hrudaya. These texts delve into detail about the effects that the five elements found in the cosmic system - earth, water, air, fire, space – have on our individual system, and emphasize the importance of keeping these elements in balance balance for a healthy and happy life.
While allopathic medicine tends to focus on the management of disease and providing symptomatic relief, Ayurveda provides us with the knowledge of how to prevent disease before it occurs, how to preserve health, and how to eliminate the root cause of the imbalances that do occur.Read More