The sister science to yoga, ayurveda blends diet and lifestyle with the practices of yoga to support digestion & whole body health.
Ayurveda is the ancient practice of ‘life wisdom,’ is a natural healing system. This complete healthcare science focuses on getting to the root cause of disease as well as addressing symptoms to restore and maintain wellness in ways unique to each person’s body structure or type (constitution). Ayurveda uses your unique constitution to determine your imbalance (dosha). This is the starting point to determine how best to bring healing balance back into your life. We each have limitations due to genetics and/or other circumstances outside of our control; however diet & lifestyle adjustments can significantly support optimal healing to any condition.
Diet and Lifestyle, the role they play in Ayurveda
You may have heard the saying “You are what you eat?” The nutrients in the food you eat not only feed your cells, they become the cells of your body. This can only happen when your digestive system is working properly.
- Did you know that not only what you eat, but also how and when you eat affects your digestion? This means that your lifestyle plays a major role in your ability to digest foods properly.
- Did you know that inflammation affecting your digestion can also affect your brain? This means that when your digestion in not functioning well due to inflammation, then neither is your brain; and vice versa.
- Did you know that 80% of your immune function is centered in your digestive tract? Ayurveda teaches that poor digestion starts the disease process allowing toxins to relocate, manifest, and diversify into other areas of the body, thus creating disease in those areas.
Improving your digestive strength (agni) is the focus of Ayurveda, and is most effectively achieved through healthy diet and lifestyle routines. How you deal with stress, your relationships, your workload, how much joy you experience, also play a significant role in determining your health. It may seem that you have little control, but it’s surprising how a little adjusting in the right ways can make a HUGE difference in your digestion, your health, and in making life more enjoyable on all levels!
As your AHC intern I help you unravel the questions and find the answers to your unique balance. We become a team working together to. I would be honored to help you on your journey toward better health and learning more about Ayurveda.
“Everything is good for someone, but not everything is good for everyone. How can you determine what is right for you?”