Ayurveda (Eye-yur-VAY-da) is a sister science to Yoga.
Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word meaning wisdom of life (Ayus=life, Veda=wisdom). Ayurveda is a holistic healing system that recognizes we are inextricably connected to nature.
When the principles of Ayurveda are applied according to your unique constitution,
they are intended to naturally bring about health and vitality.
Because we are intimately connected to Nature, we are affected by all of Nature’s elements.
Nature is the co-existence of equal and opposite values such as:
day/night, cold/hot, windy/calm, wet/dry.
To correct imbalances, gently use an opposite element.
Additionally, a daily Ayurvedic routine reduces the development of imbalances.
Health & Disease
Like a child asking for attention, the body gives signals. We tend to put nagging symptoms off to deal with later or ignore them completely.
This works until the body ‘makes’ us pay attention by giving up overt signs and symptoms that something in not quite right.
Ayurveda says it is better to prevent disease through the application of daily self-care.
Ayurvedic Model of Health
Ayurveda addresses daily, seasonal, and life-span changes that affect our health and well-being.
Ayurveda recommends raising the level of well-being, so illness doesn’t have a chance to manifest by:
Following the Ayurvedic Daily Routine (Dinacharya)
Paying attention to subtle changes and addressing them early
Preparing for seasonal changes
Follow the daily routine outlined below for a week or two.
Notice the subtle changes in well-being.
Journal any improvement in how you feel.
Follow up with me to learn more about Ayurveda and your unique constitution.
With Heart & Soul, Beth
Ayurvedic Daily Routine
Arise 4:30 to 6 AM
¨ Awaken at or before sunrise, wash face ¨ Brush teeth, scrape tongue, swish sesame oil and spit ¨ Drink large glass of warm water to encourage elimination ¨ Self massage with oil or dry brush toward the heart; bathe ¨ Meditation: 20 minutes ¨ Exercise: Sun salutations, breathing exercises ¨ Eat breakfast ¨ Work or study
Lunch 11 AM to Noon
¨ Eat largest meal of day; enjoy all 6 tastes ¨ Eat meal away from computer or work space ¨ Sit quietly for five minutes after eating ¨ Brief walk to aid digestion (5-15 minutes) ¨ Work or study ¨ Meditation: late afternoon
Dinner 4 to 6 PM
¨ Early, light to moderate dinner ¨ Sit quietly for five minutes after eating ¨ Brief walk to aid digestion (5 to 15 minutes)
Bedtime 9:30 to 10:30 PM ¨ Mellow, pleasant activity in evening ¨ Shut off electronic devices ¨ Self-massage with oil to feet before bed ¨ Early bedtime, at least 2-3 hours after dinner
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