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How To Live An Ayurvedic Lifestyle

Ayurveda is a traditional, natural healing system from India. The term Ayurveda translates to ‘knowledge of life’. It is based upon the idea that disease is caused due to imbalance or stress within an individual, which can be managed through a change in lifestyle and natural therapies to find your body’s equilibrium whilst connecting your mind and spirit with your surrounding environment.

Approaching this lifestyle can be done gradually; it is not a one-size-fits-all formula; the beauty of Ayurveda is how personal it is and how you learn about yourself and your individual needs. It can begin with a series of small changes or adaptations that allow you to engage with Ayurvedic practices on your own terms.

There are many ways to introduce Ayurveda concepts into your routine; the first area is diet. Ayurvedic eating is intuitive and involves a range of fresh fruit, vegetables, and whole foods. It is typically a vegetarian diet, but it is essential to know what your body requires and not make drastic changes to your current eating habits; however, slowly decreasing your meat intake can have some very positive health and environmental benefits.

Ayurvedic practice mindful eating, this encourages you to be aware of what you are eating, the ingredients and what went into making every meal resulting in a circle of gratitude. The connection between the mind and gut is a big part of mental well-being and your general relationship with food. This connection will aid your digestive system and allow your body to absorb the nutrients from your food effectively and efficiently. Eat slowly, away from distractions, screens, or ‘on-the-go’, and enjoy your meals with family and friends over conversation or peaceful silence to centre your focus on the food. You can also introduce herbal remedies into your food; anti-inflammatory herbs and spices are vital within an Ayurvedic diet or can be consumed medicinally. Supplements, tonics or hot teas containing ingredients like turmeric, raw honey or cinnamon will boost your health and happiness.

Understanding your body type, or ‘dosha’, will ultimately guide your lifestyle choices and help you achieve a true sense of vitality. Your dosha is a unique combination of factors that make you, you. It is like a blueprint of your body type and its needs, tendencies, strengths and challenges. Knowing your specific dosha structure will set you on the right path when it comes to all aspects of the Ayurvedic way of life.

Another way to practice an Ayurvedic lifestyle is through exercise.

Yoga is always a popular choice in Ayurvedic; it adds a spiritual and psychological dimension to moving your body, but the most important thing is that it is a form of exercise that you enjoy. Something that you will commit to daily and that aligns with your dosha. Pilates, surfing, walking, or whatever you love doing will translate to a positive experience and create a gratifying ritual. In addition to this, make time for meditation or a moment of mindfulness each day, particularly in the morning, to help you wake up; start with some slow and steady pranayama breathing and simple mantras to repeat; this will help obtain a centred thought process and total body control.

Massage is a significant focus in Ayurveda; it is a powerful way to purify your body, rid yourself of toxins and tension and awaken your healing processes. Regular massage can be done from the comfort of your own home, share with a partner or learn how to access pressure points yourself. Facial massage and gua shas also improve your circulation and build muscle strength and resilience. It is a soothing practice and helps relieve stress physically and calm a busy mind simultaneously. Massage therapy can also contribute to a good sleep cycle; getting enough rest each night will enable your body to restore itself each night, therefore waking up with a rejuvenated, clear head, setting you up for a harmonious day.

Introduce and embrace Ayurvedic behaviours however you like, experience life as a whole, share your lessons, listen to your body and most importantly, love yourself.

Your dosha is a unique combination of factors that make you, you. It is like a blueprint of your body type and its needs, tendencies, strengths and challenges.