“Ayurveda 2”, Yoga Chuck’s Ayurveda Series.
My first experience with Ayurveda was in 2005 when I was at my worst with Multiple Sclerosis and I was looking for ANYTHING that would help me. I came across one of Deepak Chopra, M. D. books “Creating Health, How to Wake up the Body’s Intelligence“. Deepak talks about Ayurveda Medicine and how it can prevent and heal. I thought I would give it a try and tried to find an Ayurveda Practitioner in Ohio and the only ones I could find were on the East or West coast and I didn’t know anything about Skype so that path was short lived.
I was introduced to an Ayurveda Practitioner who was teaching one of the classes I attended as I mentioned in my previous Ayurveda post. Since then I’ve been seeing her through Skype to help bring myself back into balance and to prevent me from ever reliving the worst exacerbation of my life in 2005-2008.
Practicing Ayurveda is making me more accountable and I’m actually enjoying most of the changes I’ve made so far. It’s not an all or nothing approach and some of the lifestyle changes will happen in due time. One change is using Ghee that I blogged about a few weeks ago http://www.yogachuck.com/ghee-how-to-make-it/. We use it all the time in place of butter and olive oil most of the time. Check it out, I’ve included some of the benefits as well.
Below is the Ayurveda description from the “California College of Ayurveda” the oldest state approved college in the West offering Ayurvedic Medicine training:
Ayurveda is the traditional medicine of India and the oldest system of Health Care in the world. A system of both preventative and curative medicine, it has been practiced for at least 5000 years and perhaps as long as 10,000 years.
Ayurveda understands that each person is unique and as a result, each person’s path toward optimal health is unique. Dr. Halpern often says, “Nothing is right for everyone, everything is right for someone, Ayurveda is a path of understanding what is right for you”. Ayurveda helps individuals to know what types of food, colors, aromas, sounds and touch will create a state of balance and harmony in the body and mind. When the body and mind are in harmony, normal physiology is restored and healing takes place.
Ayurveda defines physiology in terms of three forces called doshas. The three doshas are vata, pitta and kapha. Vata governs the physiology of motion in the body. Pitta governs the physiology of metabolism. Kapha governs the physiology of structure. Each person has all three of these doshas with them. The balance of these three doshas at the moment of conception defines what Ayurveda calls one’s constitution or “prakruti”. These doshas also fluctuate in accordance with how we live our lives and as they increase or decrease they cause different conditions in the body and mind. This is called “vikruti”. The goal of Ayurveda is to restore the proper balance of these physiological forces . This is accomplished by utilizing one’s senses properly and living a healthy lifestyle. Ayurveda utilizes diet, colors, aromas, sounds and touch to restore balance. In addition, Ayurveda is one of the most advanced herbal sciences in the world. Herbal medicine plays an important role in Ayurveda. Other tools often used by the Ayurvedic Practitioner include: Yoga, Meditation, Purification Programs (Pachakarma) and Lifestyle Counseling.
As I continue this series I’ll be sharing what I’m doing to bring me back into balance.
Happy & Healthy,