Ayurveda and yoga are sister sciences that are thousands of years old. They guide us to find balance in our lives, our bodies, and our minds. Busy schedules can distract us from proper diet and balance, and we find ourselves pressing from one task to the next. This depleting lifestyle leads us to eat when it is convenient rather than to deeply nourish our bodies and minds. In all of history, the teachings of ayurveda and yoga are most relevant today to bring optimal health to our lifestyles.
An ayurvedic kitchen is a pharmacy for health and wellness. Ayurveda is clear that health starts with proper digestion and eating wisely. Food is considered a powerful medicine and is often used as the main approach to healing the body and for health and vitality. If we eat foods that nourish our bodies and follow a sattvic diet, a life-supporting diet that strengthens digestion, our bodies will gain the benefits.
Ayurveda and yoga are both built on the foundation of the three gunas: sattva (balance), rajas (excess), and tamas (stagnant). These qualities are evident in our foods, nature, actions, bodies, and minds. Having some knowledge of these qualities helps us make more educated decisions about how we live.
Foods that are sattvic promote a clear mind. Foods that are rajasic create a stimulated state of mind. Foods that are tamasic require a lot of energy to digest and have a grounding effect, increasing stagnation and ama and causes a dullness in the mind.
Ayurveda teaches that a sattvic diet will lead to optimal health. Ayurveda also teaches that an impaired agni and the accumulation of ama (the negative byproduct of digestion) is at the source of imbalance and eventually disease. The word agni means “fire” and is essential to determining the health of the digestive system and is the source of life.