Let’s Talk Ayurveda as A Wellness Approach
By Paige Pearman
What is Ayurveda really? It is translated as the Science of Life. Ayurveda is a DISEASE PREVENTION medical model unlike Allopathic medicine that focuses on DISEASE TREATMENT.
As an Ayurveda and Integrative Health Coach, I help my clients realize that 95% of disease is caused by stress and lifestyle practices. Every single decision we make either brings about a life of health or disease.
At Luv Yourself, I help clients who are struggling with chronic pain, chronic fatigue, trauma to the body, insomnia, anxiety, gut based issues or on the path to disease.
I hope this blog will give you some inspiration for your own healing journey. You’ll learn that Ayurveda is not at all a quick fix to a health problem, rather it is a lifestyle.
It is not a one and done approach. What I explain to my clients is that they didn’t get out of balance or in a diseased state overnight, but that the manifestation of disease took time, and that to heal takes time as well.
In this video I prepared, you’ll learn:
- The difference between Allopathic medicine and Ayurveda
- Ayurveda looks beyond the symptoms.
- Ayurveda doesn’t follow the symptoms, instead it is the entire system of mind, body and spirit .
- Allopathic medicine works from man-made chemicals, whereas Ayurveda works with the laws of nature and energy to heal the body
Ayurveda looks to the laws of nature to understand how to heal the body because what happens in macrocosm happens in the microcosm as well. Thus the laws of nature happen within our own body, and how we interact within our environment has more control over our DNA than a predetermined code.
In the book The Biology Of Belief: Unleashing Consciousness, Matter and Miracles, Dr. Bruce Lipton shows how scientifically we now understand that epigenetics has more to do with our health than the fate of our DNA. The New Biology emerging in Science is showing that can heal our bodies by how we relate to our environment. Even though this book was written over a decade ago, we still give too much power to our DNA when really the power lies within to heal.
In Ayurveda, our five senses (touch, taste, sound, smell, and sight) are the portals through which the Pancha Maha Bhutus or the 5 Great Elements play. The five great elements include ether, air, fire, water and earth. Ayurveda looks to the laws of these 5 great elements and groups them into three basic types of energy that create our Dosha or Bio-Energetic Body. You can think of it as your DNA, but it is more than your DNA. It is your spiritual blueprint in life.
These three power houses are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Everything in our environment has a quality to it, and there are 20 basic physical blueprints that exist in nature. The 20 qualities break down into 10 pairs of opposites (examples: hard and soft, dark and light, smooth and rough). The foundation of Ayurveda is understanding how these 20 gunas work, how they operate, how to identify them, and how they interact. Are they in excess or deficient? For example, in nature you can have a drought and you would need rain to allow the plants to grow (dry versus moist). When the pendulum swings too far in one direction, Ayurveda uses the opposite quality to bring about homeostasis within the body.
Ayurveda is truly the science of natural intelligence. As the original circadian science, Ayurveda gives us a road map to understand how the laws of nature work, and how we can work with our energetic force of nature to live a healthy, vibrant life.
Our own energetic body-type (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) can be a different ratio, and the energetic body-types total 10 all together. When we were born we had a blueprint or a Doshic preference that our body resonates with called our prakriti. Our vikriti is our current state of imbalance, so the goal in Ayurveda is to bring us back to our true nature.
As an Ayurvedic health coach, I help you understand your blueprint, your prakriti and what current imbalances you may be facing. At the heart of Ayurveda is that understanding that like increases like and that opposites balance. Basically, we can apply the opposite principle to all aspects of our lives for healing. There are so many benefits to incorporating Ayurveda into your life. The number one reason would be disease prevention, managing stress, establishing a daily routine, diet, nutritional and herbal support, anti-aging and improving energy to name a few.