Being mindful of your own universal make-up, or how the Elements are scattered about in your unique being (your Prakruti, as we say in Ayurveda) is like a magic wand for successful dating.
Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word that translates to “the science of life,” originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It's a practice that believes everything in the universe is connected and that health is achieved by understanding our uniqueness while staying in alignment with the rhythm of the nature.
There are a few simple things we can all do to apply this wisdom to our daily lives. The beauty of Ayurveda is that the small tweaks make a big difference. It's not about doing everything at once rather trying a few things over time.
Ayurveda offers an ideal way for transitioning from the activity of the day into the sacred chamber of sleep. Following these routines will help you unplug so you can relax and rejuvenate every night, just as nature would have us!
Abhyanga — the Ayurvedic oil massage — is an integral part of the daily routine recommended by Ayurveda for overall health and well-being. Traditional texts wax eloquent about the benefits:
Rasayana, or rejuvenation, is a traditional Ayurvedic therapy that restores the body’s vitality to its fullest capacity. From Sanskrit it translates to Path (āyana) of essence (rasa). Rasa, or juice , is the vital fluid that we extract from the food we eat. It brings nourishment, it carries off toxins and it enhances our immunity; It looks a lot like what modern physiology calls lymph and plasma. So Rasayana is the way to restore and maintain the fluids, the juiciness in our bodies. It restores our health and vitality, and in that way, our youth.
In Ayurveda we spend a lot of time focused on how different we are from one another — how unique we are both in constitution and experience. But we're all also in the same boat and remembering this may just allow us to find inspiration and support where we once otherwise saw little reference or connection. Then we begin to see that we just have different paddles, each navigating our way down (or up) a different river.
Ashwagandha has become one of the most popular Ayurvedic herbs used in the West. With its dual capacity to energize and calm at the same time, it has become the go-to supplement to promote physical and emotional well-being.
Have you ever wondered what actually accounts for differences in people? Why some people are hyperactive and fast-moving and others exude grace and stillness? Why some people can eat a five-course meal with ease and others can barely finish a salad without feeling digestive distress? Genetics offers some insight, but what about the characteristics and idiosyncrasies that make every person unique? Ayurveda answers these questions through the doshas, three energetic archetype govern our physical and mental processes, and accordingly, account for the differences in our nature.