Anyone can use Ayurveda effectively to live a healthier, happier life. It’s very practical, and often quite simple, and for many, it means doing a lot of the same things you’re already doing – in different and better way.
What could Ayurveda look like in my life?
In its simplest form, Ayurveda works to help you do what’s best for you, and right for your health. This can be on a daily basis, once a week, or even once a month – it all depends on how you want to incorporate it. For many people, once they experience the improvements in better health, they tend to stick on with it because it helps them feel better, and it’s easy to do.
Here are some specific examples of how Ayurveda can improve your health and quality of life. You may already be doing some of them – and already doing Ayurveda!
Seasonal eating – choosing the right food for you on a daily and seasonal basis, based on your current state of health
Utilizing local resources – farm-to-table, sustainable resources, and reducing wastage on the external environment
Targeted exercise routines – exercising at specific times of the day to maximize benefits
Sensible self-care – know how to best care for yourself at home, as soon as something feels out of balance and prevent minor issues from becoming unnecessarily complicated
Myths and Misconceptions
Although Ayurveda is not as popular in the west as Yoga, or Chinese Medicine, or Acupuncture, there are a few misplaced assumptions about what it means to use Ayurveda – and many of those assumptions are false.
For the record, to use Ayurveda you do NOT need to:
- Do yoga
- Be a vegetarian (in fact Ayurveda highly prizes the medicinal qualities of meats and animal products)
- Act like an Indian
- Change your name, wardrobe, or outward appearance
- Take foreign herbs, supplements or any other “too-good-to-be-true” products