I thought I was eating, exercising and living pretty well for the last ten years. Then I attended a workshop and a couple weekends of Ayurveda training's at "Yoga on High" with the teachers from CCA "California College of Ayurveda" and had my eyes opened to a new world. Ayurveda is "a form of holistic alternative medicine that is the traditional system of medicine of India -Marrian-Webster". It is definitely deeper than Marrian-Webster's definition.
To become an Ayurveda Practitioner it takes three years. I'd love to go through the program now, but it's not the time for me to put that kind of commitment into something that I really would need to study before taking on the program for me to survive (it takes me longer to retain information than most people). And I would have to give up my life as I know it because I would have to study 24/7. That kind of stress and imbalance goes completely against what Ayurveda teaches. There is so much to learn in Ayurveda Medicine, I've been told it's similar to becoming a Western doctor.
A little more info on Ayurveda and how it works: We are all different, whether it's genetic or what and how we eat and live. And with a lengthy assessment by a trained Ayurveda Practitioner they can tell us the ways we are out of balance (everyone is out of balance) and the changes that will begin the process of bringing us back in balance. With Ayurveda each person is told/suggested how to treat themselves depending on the lifestyle that has taken them out of balance. The Ayurveda Practitioner considers everything, not just your symptoms. For example if you have pain in your stomach you will be asked what you eat for breakfast to see if it agrees with you opposed to recommending a drug that may take the pain away. Remember we are all different and some of us can eat what others cannot. And you are the person who actually heals or keeps yourself healthy from the direction of the Ayurveda Practitioner. The Ayurveda Practitioner meets you where you are and you don't have to approach it as an all or nothing program (I'm glad of that).
I hired an Ayurveda Practitioner two months ago to learn how to live better and healthier and prevent me from ever relapsing back to where I was in 2005 when I had a 3 year exacerbation of my Multiple Sclerosis that shut me down and prevented me from functioning in society.
I will continue weekly posts for a while on more of what Ayurveda is and what I'm doing with it to continue directing myself to become more balanced. Remember, not everything I do is what others will do, it all depends on your assessment. Although some things will work for everyone.
I'm not a doctor or any other kind of medical professional, I'm a Yoga Teacher and I know next to nothing about Ayurveda! So anything I share with you in my posts are what I'm doing in Ayurveda that is working for me and how I write things in my posts are my opinions and/or interpretations the way I understand them.
I believe if were out of balance and alignment, we are sick or will be sick!
Happy & Healthy,