If you are like a lot of people you have heard of Ayurveda, but have no idea what it is. To simply put it, it is about living a balanced and healthy life style. This is accomplished with getting enough sleep, daily meditation, eating well and exercising regularly.
Lets start with eating right. To those who practice Ayurveda it isn’t enough to eat right, but also how you react to it. Ayurveda practitioners believe that the right foods, quantity and at regular times will prevent this. If people insist on eating the wrong foods and continue eating unpredictably their bodies will suffer serious damage. This effects the body’s mental well being, energy level, and general emotional state. What also effects the body is all the junk and overly processed foods. These types of food can and will cause irreversible damage to organs and ruin overall general health.
So what makes the Ayurveda way different from the rest of those diet gurus? They believe in the individual and their individual nutritional needs. So they strive to create a diet for the person over a period of time. They start with a general guideline to eating healthy and go from there in tailoring a diet that works for the individual. One of the things that is suggested for everyone is to eat, as much as is feasible, foods raw, whole and fresh.
With an Ayurvedic diet it is important to eat according to your Dosha. There are three Doshas. Vata, Pitta and Kapna. Each Dosha has selected foods that one should eat and foods they should avoid. This helps to maintain the balance of their particular Dosha.
Moving onto plenty of sleep. We all know that sleep is important. But with Ayurveda sleep is where our bodies get recharged. Sleep deprivation hampers digestion, burdens the organs and clouds the mind.
However, those who use Ayurveda do not believe that eight hours of sleep is necessary for everyone. It’s the quality that is important. They believe in basically the old saying of, ” early to bed, early to rise.”
The right amount of mental and physical activity is another basic part of living a healthy life. Like eating a diet designed just for you so is the exercises. Take for instance if you are what is called Kapha Dosha then it is suggested that you should do the more vigorous exercises such as aerobics. Where as swimming is good for those who are Pittas. And over all yoga and walking is good for everyone.
Ayurveda suggests that a person do their exercising in the early morning to keep the energy levels though out the day and help sleep. It is recommended to never do your exercising on an empty stomach or to keep on exercising if in pain or tired. Like everything else the key is to exercise in moderation.
Finally, the last thing is meditation. Ayurveda believe that daily meditation recharges the senses. Thirty minutes of daily meditation is recommended to enhance a person’s ability to handle stress. Daily meditation provides mental focus, emotional stability, and lower blood pressure.
Where does Ayurveda come from? This is a traditional medicine that is native to India. Which has been adopted in many parts of the world as an alternative medicine.
Ayurveda has evolved though out history but still is an influential part of Asian medicine and is gaining momentum in the western world.