As the world’s oldest system of healing, Ayurveda is a whole-body medical approach which includes two goals – reaching optimal health and sustaining that quality of life. This system has been backed by an abundance of thorough modern scientific research and points out that the steps to follow in order to attain strength and immunity include practices of mind, body and spirit.The practices that Ayurveda integrates include the diet we are feeding our body, the ways in
The practices that Ayurveda integrates include the diet we are feeding our body, the ways in which we are spending our time and the impact this has on our system as a whole. As a general overview on this topic, following a pattern that will support balance within the body means eating and living in accordance with foods that one’s system digest easily and foods that the season provides.
While it arguably seems to be human nature to make occasional choices to indulge in just one more bite (or piece) of chocolate cake…around 10:30pm, there are simple steps we can follow to make our way back towards that balanced state. Just after an evening of having splurged, or even when things just feel “slightly off” for some unknown reason, Ayurveda offers easy suggestions to follow to bring our body relief and to get us back on track to feeling truly wonderful.
Culprit: Occasional late-night sweet indulgence
Resolution: When the evening sweet tooth gets the best of you, take mental note the next morning of how you begin the day feeling – how is your energy? Just after waking, boil water in a large pot with an inch or two of peeled fresh ginger. Sip 2-3 cups throughout the morning. This will likely stimulate GI tract activity and produce a healthy appetite, restoring energy. Make breakfast that day on the “light-side”, perhaps stewed fruit or something just enough to hold you over until your early lunch.
Culprit: Exercise just won’t fit into the schedule
Resolution: When time is stretched with a packed schedule and trips to the fitness center are out of the question, spending 5-10 minutes in the morning for a short at-home yoga practice is very beneficial for the body, especially when done each day. Visit here to watch a variation on a basic sun salutation.
Culprit: Over consumption of electronic devices
Resolution: To rectify your relationship with computer/smart phone/TV – establish a clear boundary of times when devices are left off. As an example: at the 45-minute lunch break, or before 9am, or after 6pm – these are times that you may practice as “electronic fasting”, even if it’s just a couple days per week. This will allow you more time to spend outdoors, connecting with others or doing the things you love most and that serve you the most.
Culprit: No time to shop for dinner supplies
Resolution: Have backup on hand, always. Pick one day per week that you can go to the grocery store for your weekly stock-up. At this point, you will have looked ahead and created a general outline for the meals you will be mindfully consuming throughout the coming days. Make sure your grocery list provides the absolute basics, so that when time is short – prepping a quick quinoa salad dish with sweet potatoes and greens doesn’t take more time than it needs to.
Culprit: Trouble Sleeping
Resolution: Make sure all “things that glow” (tv, computer, iphone, etc) are turned off no later than 9pm. This way the mind has time to decompress and settle inwards before bed. Other great tricks include elevating the legs up the wall before bed, with or without a pillow beneath the low back (5-10 minutes). You can also massage lavender oil across into the soles of your feet and place a couple droplets onto your pillow. Massage the entire body in circular motions with warm coconut oil. And again, remember lights and stimulation out by 9pm.
These are just a couple of the most common ailments that we each experience, which diminish our overall vitality. As we go on learning, discovering and growing, we’re able to have these simple yet skillful interventions for that which depletes us most. Often if one of the above ailments occurs regularly, we tend to not even notice the effect it has on us or on our way of functioning.
In this case, one of the most beneficial things we can do for ourselves is to commit seasonally or twice yearly, to a Whole Body Cleanse. While cleanses may be known for causing the body more distress than benefit, the Ayurvedic approach to cleansing involves 10 days of a whole, organic foods diet and nourishment not only to the body but towards the relationship one has with all that goes into the body (food, sensory, etc). This approach of resetting the body through seasonal cleansing is to give the digestive system an opportunity to completely restore and recharge. The digestive system, after all, dictates our overall health.
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As a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Instructor and Director of Whole Body Solution, Jenna Furnari works with others to share accessible and impactful insight enabling greater and more sustainable health. Her passion is connecting and sharing the teachings of Ayurveda and Yoga as a resource in bringing wellness throughout every level of mind, body and spirit. This holistic offering brings an endless benefit across the whole experience of living.