Why Everyone Should Experience The Benefits Of Ayurveda

Are you an Ayurveda skeptic, or perhaps have never even heard of the term at all? Well, let’s cut through all the noise and the misinformation out there, and show you just what this life-changing practice can do for you.

Our modern lifestyles are more fast-paced and overwhelming than ever. It can feel like we’re always stressed out, and on the go, jogging along that treadmill of productivity. We find ourselves lacking consistent energy, drained by the constant over-scheduling, and need to be “plugged in” at all times. Not only is this lifestyle not sustainable, but it’s also downright not healthy.

The ancient science of Ayurveda, recognized by the World Health Organization as an effective traditional medical system, offers a path of simple and universal restorative wisdom that is perhaps more relevant now than ever. The benefits of experiencing Ayurveda are diverse and profound and are certainly drawing increased public attention as we all seek to lead healthier and more balanced lives.

So, what exactly is Ayurveda?

Well, let’s break it down: “Ayur” is the Sanskrit word for “life” while “Veda” means “science” or “knowledge”. Ayurveda originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is based on the core idea that dis-ease is caused by imbalances and stress in a person’s body and consciousness. Certain lifestyle improvements and natural therapies and practices such as meditation, herbal treatments, and yogic practice are encouraged to regain the balance between body, mind, and spirit.

The practice of Ayurveda is certainly not a passing trend, as it predates humanity’s ability to write, and has survived being passed along by word of mouth for hundreds of years, to still be widely practiced today. Most excitingly, the numbers just keep growing!

Ayurvedic medicine is known for being one of the world’s most ancient holistic healing systems, encompassing the whole of a human’s experience, and serves as both a compliment and alternative to modern Western medicine practices, which typically focus on one affected area at a time, ignoring the larger energetic picture.

The benefits of the Ayurveda experience

Ayurveda is comprised of three different life forces, or Doshas: Vata dosha, Pitta dosha, and Kapha dosha. Ayurvedic texts describe how the quantity and potency of

the three doshas fluctuate in the body according to seasonal changes, diet, and even the time of day.

An Ayurvedic practitioner or doctor will first identify which dosha type is dominant for you, and then based on this information, suggest a proper diet plan and treatments you should practice routinely to restore balance. It’s easy enough to find a recognized Ayurvedic practitioner near you by performing a simple search on the National Ayurvedic Medical Association website.

Here are just a few health benefits that following the ancient healing art of Ayurveda per your dosha can provide:

•Stress Relief

•Hormonal Balance

•Reduction in Inflammation

•Reduced Risk of Diseases

•Healthy Skin

•Make Insomnia a Thing of the Past

•And SO Much More!

How to easily implement Ayurveda into your daily life

While the modern health and wellness industry has embraced many aspects of Ayurveda such as massages, herbal remedies, and Yoga, the core principle of Ayurveda experience is practicing mind-body connection.

Integrating meditation and breathing practices into your life can help manage stress and anxiety, and this increased self-care and self-awareness can help prevent many lifestyle-dependent diseases such as diabetes as you learn to tune into your body and its signals and needs. Eating mindfully promotes overall health and increased longevity, and who doesn’t want that?

According to Ayurvedic wisdom, we are made by nature and should therefore strive to live our lives in harmony with the natural world as well as the natural rhythms of our bodies, doing all we can to promote balance in all things.

Here are just a few ways you can begin to bring Ayurvedic balance into your daily experience:

Exercise Mindfully

 

Consistent daily exercise is a vital part of living a long and healthy life for people of all ages. The teachings of Ayurveda suggest that you pay close attention and listen to your body when deciding what type and intensity of exercise that you choose to participate in. It’s important to remember that when it comes to exercise, there is no one-size-fits-all approach; you have to do what feels good for you. Regarded as the sister of Ayurveda, Yoga can be incredibly beneficial to people from all walks of life and can be adapted to benefit anybody, regardless of physical

limitations.

Our Om Reset teachers offer a range of classes varying in intensity, from gentle Slow Flow to the High-Intensity Interval Training based Tabata Yoga.

Create A Daily Routine

The importance of a well-balanced daily routine cannot be emphasized enough. Don’t overthink this; after all your routine doesn’t have to account for the entire span of your day, unless of course, you want it to. First and foremost, your routine should serve you. This is your personal Ayurvedic experience, so customize it to your own needs. The most important parts of a daily routine to plan are how your morning unfolds, and what you do just before bed. These Morning and nightly practices shape your daily experience, your mood, and your overall mental and physical wellbeing. When you approach each day with a sense of structure, it’s easy to start integrating Ayurveda one practice at a time. You might choose to begin each day with a meditation, some morning yoga, and then a lovingly prepared dosha balancing breakfast. Or you might decide to begin with a stimulating self-face massage, some immune-boosting herbs, and a restorative walk out in nature. The beauty is, it’s all up to you.

Cook Your Meals

One of the most important Ayurvedic lifestyle changes you can make is deciding to avoid eating out and ordering in and begin preparing your meals with care and devotion. This builds a more mindful connection between you and the food you consume, and it teaches you to listen and understand the needs of your body. Once you start eating foods that make your body feel good, you’ll notice a huge increase in energy and a powerful positive change in mindset and mood. As a bonus, not only are home-prepared meals more nutritious and healthier for you, they’ll also save you a ton of money in the long run!

Go To Bed Early And Wake Up Early

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” -Benjamin Franklin

While Benjamin Franklin may not have been a yogi, the teachings of Ayurveda certainly agree with his statement. By following your natural body clock and sleeping and rising early, you ensure a healthy metabolism and increase your immunity. Your hormone and enzyme regulation will also thank you for the favor. It’s probably not a huge shocker, but by honoring your “natural” internal clock, your body will also feel more in tune with the natural world, improving your mood and energy levels immensely.

Begin your Ayurveda Journey Today!

By incorporating these straightforward and powerful Ayurvedic practices into your life, you’ll begin to feel more rejuvenated, fresh, and whole. Why not begin today? One simple place to start is by learning your dosha type. The Banyan Botanicals Dosha Type Quiz offers comprehensive insights not only into your dosha type but advice on how to alleviate any imbalances you might be experiencing.