Ayurveda, the ancient wisdom of life and longevity, defines a healthy being as one whose bioenergetic constitution, bodily tissues and digestive fire is in a balanced state, whose excretory systems (sweat, urinary, bowel) are working efficiently and whose senses, mind and spirit is in a clear, pleasant, content, gracious and tranquil state.
Ayurveda places utmost importance to maintaining optimal digestive fire (Agni) for proper digestion, assimilation, nourishment and subsequently deriving vitality, clarity and strength for one to function in the world.
When the Agni is weak or dysfunctional, it is unable to properly process the food we eat and the many impressions that we take in through our senses. This causes a build up of metabolic residue/toxin called Ama.
Ama has the qualities of stickiness and heaviness which clogs the channels hindering proper functioning of the body systems, tissue nourishment, natural detoxification and immune responses thereby leading to diseases, chronic fatigue, mental fogginess and diminished intellectual discernment.
When we embody a state of equilibrium and our bodily tissues, excretory systems and Agni are all functioning optimally, Ama, the metabolic residue, is not able to build up and hinder our vitality, immunity and tranquility.
From an Ayurvedic perspective, adaptability is the ability of the body and mind to withstand the various stressors that one experiences in their daily life (e.g work, relationships, lifestyle, environmental, seasonal changes, flu viruses etc) and the capacity to re-establish the natural balanced state.
This is known as “Bala” or strength, resilience, grace, vitality and immunity.
Ayurveda describes various ways to restore the balance, enhance and preserve Bala in the body and induce peace, purity and clarity of the mind.
Diet, Lifestyle and Spirituality:
Food as medicine: choose wholesome foods and a dietary plan suited for one’s constitution and nourishment on a day to day basis, avoiding dietary fads as one size does not fit all.
Eating with full awareness and eating only when hungry to ensure Agni is optimum for proper digestion preventing the buildup of Ama.
For Fall and Winter, work with Vata and Kapha mitigating diet and drinks i.e warm easy to digest nourishing foods cooked with digestive spices and warm herbal teas, particularly if you are prone to effects of coldness, dryness, bloating, constipation, insomnia, anxiety, flu, colds and respiratory illnesses.
Avoid suppression of natural urges (urinary, bowel, thirst, hunger, emotional expressions etc) including allowing time for rest and relaxation.
Find your rhythm: establish a regular eating, sleeping and waking up routine. Choose the correct exercise regime, yoga asana and pranayama practices as per your constitution, lifestyle, physical capacity, mental state and energy level.
Allow time for rest and reflection.
Nurture the mind and intellect through personalized spiritual or contemplative practices fostering mental tolerance, emotional resilience, intellectual discernment and to promote harmony in all aspects of your life.
Role of spices and herbs - Kitchen pharmacy
Culinary spices and herbs have been used in many cultures to not only improve the taste and appeal of foods but also to enhance digestion and metabolism, prevent and manage diseases.
Some simple home remedies to aid in kindling a weak Agni and digest Ama :
Take 1 tsp each grated ginger, honey and lemon juice mixed with 150-200ml warm water first thing in the morning, 20mins before breakfast/beverage
Take 1 tsp grated ginger mixed with pinch of rock salt and a little bit of lemon juice, 15 mins before lunch and dinner
To strengthen the nervous system and prevent fatigue during the day:
Soak 1 walnut, 1 pod cardamon, 1/2 inch cinnamon stick overnight. Eat all together next morning before breakfast
Soak 2 almonds, 2 black peppercorns in warm water overnight. Peel the almonds and chew together with the peppercorns before breakfast
Ayurvedic body therapies - Abhyanga
From an Ayurvedic physiological perspective, the skin is an organ of assimilation and elimination that has a continuous relationship with the gastro-intestinal tract, internal organs and the nervous system.
Abhyanga is the external application of therapeutic and rejuvenating oils with specific movements to lubricate and soften the bodily tissues, release blockages and toxins, improve lymphatic and cardiac circulation, improve complexion, soothe the nervous system, relax the senses and mind thereby promoting a general sense of acceptance, love and gratitude.
It is also useful in relieving muscle stiffness, sciatica, chronic fatigue, dry skin, constipation/bloating, diseases of the nervous system, tremors, Reynaud’s syndrome, osteoarthritis and various neuromuscular conditions.
Maintaining wellbeing and keeping seasonal and lifestyle disorders at bay is dependent on diet, dietary and lifestyle habits, environment, relationships, thought patterns and emotions.
In order to remain in a balanced state and live a harmonious life, one needs to have the knowledge of one’s unique constitution, which elements and bioenergetic components are out of balance, thereby designing the most suitable diet, daily-seasonal routine and herbal protocol to implement.
Explore Ayurveda with these special offerings:
Complimentary 15 mins Ayurvedic head massage.
Traditional homestyle digestive and rejuvenating chai and cooking spices, especially blended for Fall, Winter and Spring.
To help adjust to seasonal changes and associated health issues, manage lifestyle stressors and diseases, purchase a tea or cooking masala, or just to learn more about Ayurvedic-Yogic approaches to health and wellbeing, please call to chat or book a consultation:
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