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Stress, weaken digestion, lifestyle, irregular work and sleep may all contribute in pushing your health out of balance. Through Ayurveda, appropriate nutritional, diet and lifestyle plan will be devised for you, along with herbs, yoga and meditation to assist your body to return back to balance.
Ayurveda places great emphasis on the prevention of disease by encouraging maintenance of health through close attention to balance in one’s life, right thinking, diet, lifestyle with the use of herbs, nutritional and lifestyle advice. It is not only a comprehensive medical system but also a way of living.
Ayurveda is an ancient system of traditional medicine from India. It is a comprehensive and a traditional healing system going back more than 5000 years. Ayurveda focuses on the whole body and its relation to the external world to re-establish and maintain equilibrium with the body.
Ayurveda has often been described and consisting of two words ‘Ayur’ and ‘Veda’ meaning the ‘Science of Life’, this science of life are meant for the maintenance of positive health and management and prevention of disease.
Ayurveda’s aim and objective:
- Is to focus on health of the whole body rather than just the disease
- Prevention of ill health
- Rejuvenation of the body
It is a holistic approach towards life, health and disease management. It primarily focuses on personalised health, incorporating nutrition, lifestyle practices, herbal remedies and therapeutic modalities for treatment Both internal and external factors, act upon us to disturb this balance, these are reflected as a change in one’s constitution. Examples of these emotional and physical stresses include one’s emotional state, diet and food choices, seasons and weather, physical trauma, work and family relationships. Once these factors are understood, one can take appropriate actions to minimise their effects or eliminate the causes of imbalance and re-establish one’s original constitution.
Ayurveda is about understanding food through its qualities and how they effect us when eaten.
In Ayurveda we are created by the five elements:
So too is food!
Each food is defined by 1 of 6 tastes:
- sweet (earth & water), dates, rice, pumpkin
- sour (earth & fire), lemon, vinegar, fermented foods
- salty (fire & water), sea salt, rock salt
- pungent (fire & air), ginger, garlic,
- astringent (air & earth), green grapes, cranberries
- bitter (air & ether), tumeric, green vegetables
These 6 tastes helps us to work out which food contains the building blocks that we are in need of in our body.
Knowing the right dosage of food, when to take, how to prepare, cook, that is suitable for the individual. While the right food may invigorate, heal, ground one individual, the same amount may cause stress to others. Eating the wrong foods can lead the digestion to become impaired, toxins accumulate and disease or dis-ease occurs! Meaning not being at ease with oneself.
Learn and understand through Ayurvedic medicine the right food, tastes and qualities for your body to great a healthy you!
Ayurveda identifies three basic types of doshas or constitutions principles that are present in everyone. These are vata, pitta and kapha. These principles can be related to the basic biology of the body.
Vata is the subtle energy associated with movement. It governs breathing, blinking, muscle and tissue movement, pulsation of the heart. In balance, vata promotes creativity and flexibility. Out of balance, vata produces fear and anxiety.
Pitta expresses as the body’s metabolic system. It governs digestion, absorption, assimilation, nutrition, metabolism and body temperature. In balance, pitta promotes understanding and intelligence. Out of balance, pitta arouses anger, hatred and jealousy.
Kapha is the energy that forms the body’s structure, bones, muscles, tendons, and provides the “glue” that holds the cells together. Kapha supplies the water for all bodily parts and systems. It lubricates joints, moisturises the skin, and maintains immunity. In balance, kapha is expressed as love, calmness and forgiveness. Out of balance, it leads to attachment, greed and envy.
How Ayurveda can help
- Staying Well or Preventive Care
- Hormonal balance – Thyroid, Adrenal Fatigue
- PMS symptoms
- Menstrual cycles – Irregularity, pain, disconnect, dysmenorrhea, heavy bleeding
- Minimises inflammation
- Cleanses the body
- Overall balance
- Manage insomnia
- Anxiety, Depression, general worries, high stress, negative attitude or ‘stuck in a rut’
- Regulate the digestive system, particularly bloating symptoms, gas, constipation, acid reflux, loose stools
- Manage diabetes, high blood pressure
- Healthy skin
- Improve Concentration
- Revitalise energy
Yoga is a journey, a process that helps us become more aware and appreciative of our life. The word yoga means ‘unity’ or ‘oneness’. Yoga is a means of uniting, balancing and harmonising the mind, body, emotions and spirit. This is done through the practice of asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), meditation and savasana (corpse / resting pose).
As we breath and gently stretch, bend, twist, and work our muscles and organs we loosen knots of built-up tension, unresolved emotions, anything that keeps us from harmony. Yoga practice brings us to a place of inner peace. In this calm, serene state we open ourselves to healing and accepting our intuitive wisdom and power. With continued practice, Yoga begins to restore and heal our internal organs, through the asana and breathing practices.
Yoga encourages focus on breathing, posture and body awareness, all important elements for good health. The practice of yoga makes the body strong, flexible; it provides you with increased energy, strength, and balance.
Benefits of Yoga
- Improves your circulation, muscle tone and flexibility
- Strength, structural alignment
- Stay mentally calm, quietens the mind
- Feel calm, and eases muscle tension
- Can improve the functioning of the respiratory, circulatory, digestive and hormonal system
- Brings about emotional stability and clarity of the mind
- Provides effective stress management through positive thought patterns and deep relaxation breathing techniques
- It will increase your physical and mental well-being
Yoga can help in managing:
- Boost self-esteem and confidence