Science of life - Ayurveda
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a mind-body health system developed by sages in India thousands of years ago. Ayur means life and Veda means science or knowledge. Ayurveda offers a body of wisdom to help people stay healthy and vibrant.
Guiding principles are that the mind and body are inextricably connected and nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind through balancing our awareness with our body. Freedom from illness depends upon expanding our own awareness, bringing it into balance, and then extending that balance to the body.
Meditation for example creates a state of restful awareness and is one of the most powerful tools used to achieve this state of balance. Ayurveda offers many other practices for expanding self-awareness and achieving a state of balance.
Along with some suggestions for applying them, here are some of the most important aspects of the Ayurvedic approach
Knowledge of your unique mind-body type and specific needs that derive from it allows you to make optimal choices about diet, exercise and all other aspects of your lifestyle.
Good yoga courses like those held at the Shala Bali cover Ayurvedic mind-body types and show you how to identify your own individual type.
Our food must be nourishing to create a healthy body and mind. And that comes from consuming variety of fresh food properly prepared and eaten with awareness.
We know we are getting a balanced diet when we include the 6 Ayurvedic tastes (sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter and astringent) in each meal. That may not always be achievable but focus on them will ensure that you feel satisfied and the urge to snack or overeat will be less.
Food as near as possible to the colours of the rainbow, especially deep blue, purple, red, green or orange promotes a long and happy life.
You won't be surprised to know that Ayurveda emphasises the need for good sleep so that our body repairs and rejuvenates itself. A lack of restful sleep disrupts the body’s innate balance, weakens our immune system, and speeds up the aging process. . We need between 6 and 8 hours of restful sleep every night. If you feel energetic and vibrant when you wake up, you had a night of restful sleep. If you feel tired and unenthusiastic, you haven’t had restful sleep.
You can make choices that keep you in harmony with your inner intelligence and rhythms by