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The journey to optimal health starts by syncing up with our true nature, honoring and developing our strengths. We must embrace and grow from our challenges, redirect habitual tendencies, and offer authentic support where it is needed most. Ayurveda is the science of life–a holistic tradition that reaches well beyond physical health, healing, and the prevention of disease. Ayurveda is as relevant today as it was over 5,000 years ago.
This path is important. It reconnects us with ourselves, maintaining balance and health through stresses and challenges. At its root, Ayurveda is a way of life that helps each of us claim and celebrate our capacity for a fully embodied sense of wellness.
The Sanskrit word for health is “Svastha.” It is the harmonious interaction of many components untied to make a whole. This union is the mind, soul, and senses infused with an abiding sense of self, wellness, and bliss. While it may seem daunting to achieve this, Ayurveda provides a wealth of functional and insightful tools that can be used to anchor us in the present moment throughout the chaos. It can help us determine the root of our suffering and place us on track to reclaim our optimal health. More about Kamie Slegers
What is does it mean to have vibrant health, live a meaningful life, and have a deep sense of peace, contentment, and purpose? Ayurveda means knowledge of life, and it originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It is the oldest continuously practiced health care system in the world. The Ayurvedic (Sanskrit) term for health is “Svastha,” which literally translates to “established in the self.”
Today, we are applauded for being over-worked. We are taught that stress, anxiety, and exhaustion mean a job well done. Chronic diseases are viewed as a normal part of life and aging rather than a consequence. However, this could not be further from the truth. Imbalances feed disease and illnesses. Thus, true health is not based on being physically disease-free. Rather, it is based on the interaction of the body, mind, spirit, and senses infused with a lifelong sense of self or purpose, balanced life, and a vibrant spiritual connection.
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Ayurveda embraces each person as an individual. Every person is born with a blueprint (constitution) for optimal health and wellness. It is our lifestyles that either keep the balance or allow it to fall out of balance, creating illness and disease. Your personal constitution defines who you are. No two constitutions are exactly alike.
Svastha is the Ayurvedic (Sanskrit) term for health and literally translates as “established in the self”. Imbalances feed disease and illnesses, thus true health is not based on being physically disease free. Rather, it is based on the interaction of the body, mind, spirit, and senses, infused with a lifelong sense of self or purpose, balanced life, and a vibrant spiritual connection.
Ayurveda reaches far beyond the area of physical health, healing, and the prevention of disease, but can help each of us claim our authentic selves and align with our true nature. Through Ayurveda, we create awareness of body, mind, and spirit to develop our strengths, refine our needs, surface our challenges, redirect harmful tendencies, and offer genuine support wherever it is needed so that we can find balance in stressful times.
Catching Zzzzz’s: Better Sleep for Optimal Wellness
Problems with sleeping can be discouraging and even debilitating. Finding the right tools to get back on track can feel disheartening at times. It is possible to return to balance because Ayurveda offers tools and a practical approach to balancing sleep cycles.
Millions of Americans of all ages are affected by sleep issues. The mentality of “I’ll catch up later” or “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” has created an epidemic of long-term sleep deficit ranging from acute to chronic sleep deprivation. Our stressful treadmill lifestyle and the endless to-do list are pushing many individuals to habitually defer sleep to get other things done. This, in-turn, causes a cascade of health problems and even more stress.
Happy Belly Nourished Life
Ayurveda is a wellness system of medicine that has helped people achieve optimal health and overall wellness for more than 5,000 years. Help yourself naturally find your optimal health and weight through proper nutrition and lifestyle decisions as you move to a state of balanced health. This is achieved through the union of your body, mind, emotions, and spirit with an approach that is unique, insightful, and realistic.
Our culture’s ideology of the human body is superficial. It influences how we feel about our personal body type, causing a misunderstanding of what our bodies really need to thrive. Ultimately, this affects our self-esteem and our perception of self.
Let’s Talk About Stress
Do you know how often fear rules our lives? And our bodies reflect this fear through fight-or-flight responses in our sympathetic nervous system. When our physical bodies are threatened, the stress triggers a natural and healthy survival stress response. Unfortunately, our body can’t tell the difference between a physical threat and fearful thoughts about the future, work, relationships, or money. In either case, the stress response is activated, and the body is filled with a rush of stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine.
“What is stress?… any event in which environmental demands, internal demands, or both tax or exceed the adaptive resources of an individual.” – Richard Lazarus; Prominent Psychologist
Exercise: Less Pain and More Gain
Exercise has been an important part of the Ayurvedic routine for thousands of years but it is looked very different. Today exercise focuses on rigorous routines, with exhausting results. It has become a modern fad, not suitable for optimal wellness. According to Ayurveda, exercise gets rid of heaviness and stiffness of the body, because it burns digestive impurities and toxins (ama) this creates more flexibility, lightness, smoothness and ease of life.
Other benefits include enhanced ability to work, better endurance and brings shape to our body. It pacifies all body types (three doshas) and creates balance for the body type and in each season. It enhances the digestion, metabolism, and if done appropriately detoxifies and cleanses impurities from the tissues. Exercise strengthens immunity, in turn reducing or eliminating fatigue, stop early aging, and helps us to maintain a optimal weight.