The teachings of Ayurveda explain (basically) that humans are a mirror of the universe, with our bodies made up of the five elements: air, space, fire, water and earth, as well as the soul. A microcosm of the universe within itself.
It then applies healing principles to the body types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Vata is made of air and space, Pitta of fire and water and Kapha of earth and water. Certain foods are then suited to certain body types. As part Pitta, I should steer away from spicy foods for a start. No complaints here.
There are so many valuable lessons to be learned from other cultures and their holistic approaches to mind body medicine. One of my favorite nutrition experts, Dr Gabriel Cousens is guided by many of Ayurveda’s principles, as are others. It’s all about bringing the body back into balance and that, in today’s world, is a very good thing.
What is it that you love so much about Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is simple and beautiful. It just makes so much sense! It’s all about living in harmony with nature – so when you know your own nature, you know yourself.
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian science. Do you think a lot of people are returning to the old, after finding out the modern way of health and wellbeing isn’t working?
Yes, a lot of it is that we are coming full circle. The thing is, we’re just out of balance right now. We work too much, we stress too much, we do too much. That affects our health in all aspects of our lives. Ayurveda is all about bringing us back into balance. It’s one thing that when people try it, they see how easy it is, and how much it works. So it is inspiring!
How can Ayurveda help us to de-stress and detoxify from the busy lives most of us lead?
In every way! It’s all about the lifestyle. When we live the ayurvedic lifestyle we don’t get so easily stressed in the first place! Ayurveda helps us find that place of balance where we are our healthiest and happiest. It reminds us what is important in life.
If someone was to only incorporate a few of the Ayurvedic principles into their life, what would you recommend?
1. Meditate! Twice a day, every day.
2. Abhyanga: sesame oil self massage every day before your shower.
3. Eat your largest meal at lunchtime for better digestion.
4. Know your dosha for more specific recommendations when you feel out of balance.
A lot of us are in pursuit of great skin. How can Ayurveda help?
Great skin comes from the inside out. Meditation does wonders. De-stressing does wonders. You look and feel much better when you’re relaxed and comfortable. Eat right, you’re feeding your skin.
What’s the best way to find out what doshas we fall under?
The easiest way is to take my quiz at www.whatsyourdosha.com. But the BEST way is to consult an ayurvedic practitioner who will take your pulse, do a full evaluation and give you specifics.
What are your top tips for ultimate health, beauty and vibrancy?
Be grateful for everything. Take care of yourself body, mind, and spirit.Â In Ayurveda there are three pillars to good health: Food, Sleep and Relationships. Pay attention to each of these.
Who in your opinion are some of the world’s most beautiful people and why?
People who are happy. People who are generous. People who are grateful. When people talk about charisma, or that “it” factor, that it what “it” is – people who know who they are radiate beauty.
Some great ways to introduce Ayurveda into your own life include:
1. Start your day slowly and quietly.
2. Eat properly. Only eat when you’re hungry and don’t eat large portions.
3. Make time for some self-massage. Focus on your head, neck, shoulders, face, temples and feet.
4. Laugh out loud and regularly. Adding a good dose of giggles to your life can put you on the path to success and wellbeing.
5. Rest. Take time out to rest emotionally, mentally and physically. Resting is one of the best ways to recharge your mind, body and soul.
6. Don’t judge yourself or others. Work on accepting things as they are. Non judgment is a great way to cultivate inner peace.
7. Stay active. Exercise, whether for fitness or fun, is a great way to get the blood flowing and rid toxins from the body.
8. Get up close with nature. Walk on the beach, in a park or even in your own backyard. Spending time outdoors helps to balance emotions and bring inner peace.
9. Get into a sleep pattern. Going to bed early and sleeping for seven to eight hours will help to recharge and load up the energy tank.
10. Unwind at night. Night is for complete relaxation. Avoid stimulating your mind by watching television or spending hours on the computer.