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Your Guide to Ayurveda

What Is Ayurveda?

Fondly referred to as “The Mother of Medicine,” Ayurveda has been around over 5,000 years. A Natural Health approach that originated in the Vedic civilization of ancient India, and has been in continuous use ever since.

What Can Ayurveda Do for You?

Ayurveda gives us a new angle on understanding ourselves that is very comprehensive, simple, natural and powerful–and easily translated into a highly personalized approach to our health.

Ayurveda is as simple and intuitive as knowing your own self. Most people quickly find that the concepts and guidelines of Ayurveda “make sense” and that Ayurveda starts to explain their symptoms and tendencies–how and why certain foods, habits, stressors, personalities, environments, seasons and weather make them feel either better or worse.

Nature’s Own “Personalized Medicine”—Healing According to Your Mind-Body Type

Based on your own unique symptoms and tendencies, you will be guided in choosing foods, herbs, exercise, and lifestyle choices specifically for your needs, to help heal chronic imbalances and to optimize your health so you feel at the “top of your game” every day.

Ayurveda is fun, easy to use, deeply nurturing and soothing, rejuvenating and beautifying. It’s safe, effective, and scientifically validated by a growing body of research.

How Is Ayurvedic Healing Different?

First let’s briefly consider how health and healing are usually approached today. Conventional medicine looks at the body as a kind of sophisticated machine with a number of systems that operate basically autonomously–the nervous system, the digestive system, the musculoskeletal system, the cardiovascular system, etc. Conventional medicine assigns a different type of doctor for each system.

Our chronic health problems get treated by several doctors, each diagnosing and prescribing medications for our various symptoms, all too often leaving us feeling worse, not better, as drugs interact to create new symptoms, which are treated with even more drugs…in a vicious, downward cycle.

This fragmented approach can be life saving in emergencies, but for chronic, non-life-threatening problems, our bodies tend to get a lot of treatment, but not a lot of healing.

How Does Ayurvedic Healing Work?

Rather than look at the body as a collection of systems and treating each one separately, Ayurveda looks at what is common to all of the systems, and identifies three basic functions common to every system, organ, tissue and cell. And these three basic functions are those that are essential for life at any level:
1) movement and flow,
2) digestion and metabolism and
3) physical structure and substance.

Each of these three functions of movement, metabolism, and structure are governed by an inner program–or intelligence–that guides their normal functioning. These three “body-guides”–traditionally called or vata, pitta and kapha are not only the functions themselves and their activity, but also the inner intelligence or “software program” of the body that guides them.

The Three Doshas and Your Health

When the three basic functions, or doshas, are doing their job perfectly, then we have good health. If not, the body starts to go out of balance, and eventually symptoms appear that can develop to outright disease if not corrected.

Rather than wait for disease to start, Ayurveda teaches us how to keep our bodies in balance through proper diet and lifestyle suited to our individual nature, and how to correct imbalances early – before they develop into disease.

Creating Health Right

While Ayurveda offers preventative health care, it is relevant and useful to everyone. If you already have a significant health problem, Ayurveda will help you identify the imbalances underlying your disorder, and help correct them to promote true healing. When you learn about Ayurveda, you will learn what specific aspects of your diet and lifestyle are contributing to your imbalances, and what adjustments to make to help your body heal.

The Nourish Myself Program

The foundation of radiant health depends on handling two very important areas of your life: digestion and stress.

Digestion: Critical for maintaining your body in a healthy state, through absorbing and assimilating the nutrition your food.

Your Nervous System: Governs the functioning of your hormones and every cell of your body, and allows you to tolerate stress.

By following the Nourish Myself program, you will learn how to correct imbalances in both systems–through diet, herbs and lifestyle approaches.