Ayurveda is magical.
Ayurveda is the only thing that makes complete, utter sense.
Ayurveda is everything.
You're already living Ayurvedically, whether you know it or not.
I've been blessed to be able to study with masters of the science. I share this knowledge with deep respect to my teachers, their teachers, and their teachers. I share this knowledge with deep respect to the earth, to nature, to something that is bigger than all of us.
I share this knowledge as a small piece of the greater whole. When I speak and share of Ayurveda, I am translating what I have been taught in the way that I have received it. It's a vast, magical, in-depth science that is a life-long study and inquiry. I share what I know.
So, let's get started.
Ayurveda stems from India some 5,000 years ago. There are 4 classical wisdom texts, or vedas. Ayurveda is most often referred to as a sister science to yoga, but truly, they are one. They are meant to be studied and practiced together.
Ayurveda translates literally as "the wisdom of life," but I very much enjoy the definition as the truth of you. It's a way to understand your nature, the nature of others, and the nature of the world.
Ayurveda recognizes five elements: Ether, Air, Fire, Water & Earth.
These elements are present in our environment, in our foods and in our bodies.
The two laws to Ayurveda are simple and profound:
Like increases like, & Opposites create balance.
We do this naturally without even realizing it. When the weather gets cooler, we want to eat something warm, wear something warm and do something warm. This is us creating balance. Where we might get out of balance is understanding how the elements are at play with our food.
We can all agree raw vegetables are healthy, yes? But will eating raw vegetables, which are cold, dry, rough, and hard, create balance during the cold, dry, rough time of year, like fall and winter?
They will not. I'm sorry, year-round smoothie drinkers and salad-lovers.
Now this is where Ayurveda becomes a little more individual. Of course I'm not saying you can never enjoy a salad again between the months of October-March. I'm saying you might want to begin to notice how often you consume a salad in the winter time and how does it make you feel afterward? Maybe you switch to more vegetables in season which are heartier like brussels sprouts, winter squashes, sweet potatoes, and figs.
Some physical symptoms of eating too much light, dry, rough foods are dry skin, dry hair, constipation, gas, and bloating. Many of us experience these qualities during the fall and winter time. A way to prevent this from occurring so often is to focus on opposite qualities!
Warm, oily, soft, foods. This means cooking our vegetables so they are much more easy to digest. If we are bringing these qualities INTO our bodies, it will show OUTSIDE of our bodies.
Softer skin, easier bowel movements, less bloating and gas. This is, of course, not simply limited to our diet, but how we treat our bodies. Fall and winter is a time to slow down, rest, rejuvenate. Gentle and restorative yoga, saunas or warm baths, and rubbing ourselves down with sesame oil will support the dry, rough qualities of winter time.
There is so much to discover with Ayurveda, and this is a simple introduction to how you might start applying these practices as we transition to colder days.
Be gentle with yourself as you begin to notice how the elements around you are affecting the elements within you.
In health and harmony,