What is Ayurveda?
The word Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Ayu’ meaning ‘Life’ and ‘Veda’ meaning ‘Knowledge’. Ayurveda is therefore, the science of life and holistic well-being. The oldest documented body of holistic medical knowledge in the world, it is a system of herbs, oils and plants originating in India over 6,000 years ago. The fundamental philosophy of Ayurveda rests on the concept of harmony – in Ayurveda, true health and wellness can only result from perfect harmony between the mind, body and spirit.
Ayurveda in Everyday Life
The ancient science of Ayurveda remains acutely relevant in the modern world due to its principles of harmony, purity, simplicity and true focus on physical, emotional and spiritual health. Incorporating Ayurvedic principles into everyday life is a simple exercise of making small changes that all add up to a happier and healthier you.
Get a good start to your day by making it a habit to start waking up a little earlier than normal. Take the extra few minutes to have some time to yourself, meditate, read, do some Yoga or just take a walk. In a few days of this you will find yourself more alert, cheerful and ready to face each new day. A sense of happiness that comes from within the soul and senses is the key to Ayurvedic wellbeing.
Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and add more herbs and spices to your diet. Try to indulge in fresh, seasonal produce. Incorporating herbs and spices such as mint, coriander, basil, turmeric, sesame, cumin, black pepper and also fresh fruits and vegetables such as amla, apples, oranges, carrots, beetroot, bitter gourd fill your stomach healthily while helping cleanse your body of toxins. Once in a while, detoxify by fasting or having a fruit-only day. Restrain yourself from oversleeping and under sleeping. Healthy sleep of 7-8 hours regenerates your senses and produces a sense of rejuvenation in the mind and body. Oversleeping produces lethargy and undersleeping causes stress and fatigue to the body – the trick is to sleep just right and as per the natural cycle of your body to ensure that you wake up completely refreshed.
Start incorporating Yoga in your day by starting with simple postures that help you clarify your focus, regulate your breathing and calm your inner self. Yoga asanas not only help build stamina and flexibility in your body but also help you in becoming more aware of your being. 30 minutes of exercise a day is essential at any age and practicing Yoga enhances your physical and mental well-being to an incredible extent. A qualified Ayurvedic doctor help you identify your Dosha and ascertain the best way to balance your life for truly healthy living.