Inspired by Ayurveda
Some time ago, my own health problems led me to explore India’s traditional health system—Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is known as ‘The Science of Life’ (1). It offers powerful philosophies to balance the mind, body, and spirit. And, it gives great inspiration for our hectic day-to-day lives.
Healthy food is at the heart of Ayurveda and I was so inspired by the power of Ayurvedic foods to enhance healthy modern living, I set out to launch some of the best as products into the Western markets.
My article introduces three aspects of the Ayurveda diet—sweetness, the spice turmeric and digestion, because these are most relevant to SugaVida’s products.
After reading my words, I hope you feel as inspired by this incredible age-old health and wellness system as I do.
After five thousand years, Ayurveda remains India’s most widely practiced health system. It is considered to be the Mother of All Healing, and has influenced many contemporary Western health systems, most notably homeopathy, physiotherapy, and meditation.
Ayurveda encourages us to find a balanced flow of energy in the body. With balance and low stress, the body defends us brilliantly.
But an army of physical and emotional stresses attack us daily, and when something goes out of balance, discomfort or illness often follow.
We all have our own physical, mental, and emotional balances to find. Alongside Western medicine, Ayurveda helps us to optimise these, and can contribute to better health and wellness for us all.
In Ayurveda, life is an interplay of the energies of space, air, fire, water, and earth. Space and earth are passive, the other three, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, are Ayurveda’s Tridosha. Vata represents air and space and is the energy of movement. Pitta represents fire and water and is the energy of metabolism. Kapha represents water and earth and is the energy of the body’s structure. (2)
We all have the qualities of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. In those more fortunate, the three doshas are equally balanced. But generally, one is foremost, one secondary, and the third is least prominent, so we must be mindful of the balances between them.
If you study Ayurveda, or work with a practitioner, you’ll learn how your own blend of doshas make up your Prakruti (your born-with constitution). You’ll also understand your Vikruti, which describes your current state of health. Practitioners use the difference between these to plan and prescribe Ayurvedic treatments to improve their patients’ health.
The easiest way to benefit from Ayurveda at home is to explore the Ayurvedic diet. At SugaVida, we’re hugely inspired by the day-to-day positive effects of eating and drinking the Ayurvedic-way.
I hope you have enjoyed my introduction to the wonderful healing system of Ayurveda. The links mentioned in the text are below if you are interested to read more.
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(1) Ayurveda: A Brief Introduction and Guide
(2) The Three Doshas
(3) The Sattvic Diet
(4) The Six Tastes of Ayurveda