SO, WHAT IS AYURVEDA
and how do you pronounce it?
Ayurveda is a 5,000 year-old healing system founded in ancient India. It comes from the Sanskrit words 'ayus' meaning life and 'veda' meaning wisdom.
From the Ayurvedic perspective, human beings are not viewed as mere thinking physical machines, but rather as fields of intelligence in dynamic exchange with the energy and information of the environment. Health is a state of vibrant balance in which all the layers of one’s life are integrated.
Ayurvedic practices aim to nip illness in the bud before it can flourish and rejuvenate and nourish the body helping us to maintain good health and vitality.
In contrast to Western medical science with its focus on symptomatic treatment, Ayurveda addresses the root cause of illness.
It offers a holistic and individualised approach to health since each person has a unique mind-body composition.
Since 95% of chronic illness can be managed through lifestyle practices, having an ayurvedic toolkit to hand to correct an imbalanced body-mind is therefore invaluable.
The modern world is filled with practices that affect us - physically, mentally and spiritually. From the food we eat, to the work we do, our relationships, daily routines and sleep patterns - everything is affected by what we consume and how we digest and process our sensory experiences.
Ayurvedic practices teach that the more we can sync with our true selves and the natural cycles of nature, the greater the chances for optimal health.
ASSESSMENT, AWARENESS, ACTION
how does it work?
AN EMPHASIS ON MAINTENANCE, PROMOTION OF HEALTH AND PREVENTION OF DISEASE
THROUGH MINDFUL DIET AND LIFESTYLE CHOICES
Ayurveda has at its core the perspective that everything that exists in the Universe including ourselves, is made up of five great elements - earth, water, fire, air and ether. Each person is made up of a blend of these elements but is dominant in one, two or all three of these energies and these gives us our unique qualities and characteristics. These mind-body compositions are called doshas : Vata, Pitta and Kapha. (Vata relates to air + space, Pitta relates to fire + water and Kapha to water + earth).
The doshas ebb and flow, moving in and out of balance according to lifestyle choices, changing seasons and the ageing process. These fluctuations affect our physical and emotional health leaving us feeling energised and optimistic or lethargic and depleted. Left untended imbalances will show up in the mind and body through experiences such as anxiety, stress, disconnection, anger, low immunity and chronic illness. If however we learn to look after ourselves through mindful practices and actions we can bring ourselves to health and happiness and to peace and connectivity to the wider environment, of which we are organically part.
The aim of an Ayurvedic lifestyle therefore is to initially help us to recognise when we are out of balance. It also provides us with the necessary knowledge and practical tools to bring us back into a state of homeostatis leading to optimal health and wellbeing.
INVEST IN YOURSELF
THE ART OF JUST BEING
Today, doctors are increasingly citing stress as a major contributing factor to most illnesses.
Our bodies and minds react to it by shifting out of balance, which ultimately creates physical challenges and emotional turbulence that impact our lives at home, at work, and at play. In time, we can find ourselves in harmful relationships and non-nourishing patterns of eating, sleeping, and digestion.
My Ayurvedic Lifestyle sessions will help you identify imbalances in your life and provide strategies to develop a nurturing daily routine to restore your equilibrium.
You will also learn to release emotions in a healthy way so that they don’t build up in your physiology. Most importantly, as your stress is eliminated, your mind and body begin to function with maximum effectiveness, creating health, vitality and happiness.
THERE ARE MANY BENEFITS OF HAVING AN
IMPROVED SLEEP - NUTRITION- MOVEMENT- EMOTIONAL FREEDOM-SELF CARE- BALANCE
Ayurvedic lifestyle practices help you to :
address, prevent and heal dis-ease in the body and mind
provide you with knowledge to help you make healthy choices across six key pillars of health
reveal your innate nature and assess your current state of health
recognise whether you are in balance according to your unique mind-body composition
learn practical strategies and tools to bring you back into homeostatis
relieve anxiety and stress
cultivate a deeper understanding of your body, mind and purpose
identify unhelpful habits and break down self-limiting beliefs
improve sleep and digestion
cultivate intuitive eating, understand your relationship with food and how to eat healthily
ensure effective functioning of digestion and metabolism through mindful consumption
learn techniques of meditation and yogic breathing and improve cognitive functioning
improve your physical and mental health through yoga, increasing strength, stamina and flexibility
increase energy levels, boost your mood, manage your weight
harmonise your actions with the wider world
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'I found the first session, 'Introduction to Ayurveda' very enjoyable. The other participants were easy to get along with and I found the group discussions very helpful. Gina has a very natural way of teaching which instantly engages you and makes you feel very much at home. This course has definitely opened my eyes to Ayurveda and I can't wait for the next class'.
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