Ayurveda is an ancient health care tradition that has been practiced in India for at least 5,000 years. The word comes from the Sanskrit terms ayur (life) and veda (knowledge). This documentary -- iAyurvedic -- covers all aspects of Ayurveda including useful tips, techniques, and daily routines (by the world renowned doctors and experts).
Though Ayurveda, or Ayurvedic medicine, was documented in the sacred historical texts known as the Vedas many centuries ago, Ayurveda has evolved over the years and is now integrated with other traditional practices, including yoga.
There are three doshas in the science of Ayurveda.
Pitta energy is linked to fire, and is thought to control the digestive and endocrine systems. People with pitta energy are considered fiery in temperament, intelligent and fast-paced. When pitta energy is out of balance, ulcers, inflammation, digestive problems, anger, heartburn and arthritis can result.
Vata energy is associated with air and space, and is linked to bodily movement, including breathing and blood circulation. Vata energy is said to predominate in people who are lively, creative, original thinkers. When out-of-balance, vata types can endure joint pain, constipation, dry skin, anxiety and other ailments.
Kapha energy, linked to earth and water, is believed to control growth and strength, and is associated with the chest, torso and back. Kapha types are considered strong and solid in constitution, and generally calm in nature. But obesity, diabetes, sinus problems, insecurity and gallbladder issues can result when kapha energy is out of balance, according to Ayurvedic practitioners.
An Ayurvedic doctor will first identify which dosha (Vata / Pitta / Kapha) you belong to and then decides upon the treatment you should go through.
1. Eat nutritious and nourishing meals: Some grieving people lose their appetite or forget to eat (Vata imbalance); others might overeat and use food as a crutch for unhealed trauma (Kapha imbalance). Then there are people who might want to blame, criticize, and self-medicate with alcohol (oftentimes, Pitta imbalance). Ojas (vigor and vitality) is something that is often depleted during this difficult time, and diet is a great way to increase it. Simple foods such as figs, dates, almonds, ghee, and coconut are amazing at increasing ojas, and are very easy to incorporate into any diet.
2. Practice breathing exercises: The lungs are especially affected by sadness, so breathing exercises, or pranayama, are a great way to take care of oneself. It promotes optimal prana flow and brings ease and steadiness to both the mind and body. A daily practice of Bhastrika and Nadi Shodhana pranayama can be particularly helpful to bring relief. When prana (energy) is moving in the right direction, we can find more “sthira” aka stability and ease in our mind and body.
3. Spend time in nature: In an article on nature awareness as a healing therapy, Kirsti A. Dyer, MD, explains this key healing quality of nature as it pertains to grief: “In nature one becomes aware of the infinite circle of life. There is evidence of decay, destruction and death; there are also examples of rejuvenation, restoration, and renewal. The never-ending cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth can put life and death into perspective and impart a sense of constancy after experiencing a life changing loss or a death.”
4. Stick to a routine: Creating routines and structure can have a powerful impact on our ability to heal. Mourning the death of a loved or our democracy or our nation can make the process of returning to daily life and recreating a routine difficult to fathom. It will make you question, “What’s the point? Life in a disarray. Why should I bother?” However, this difficult change also creates an opportunity for growth in our daily lives. When we are grieving, many of us forget to look at the clock, let alone honor the circadian rhythm. Every dosha in Ayurveda (especially vata) can benefit from regularity and routine.
5. Add self-care to your life: Go to bed by 10 p.m. and wake before 6 a.m.
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