Ayurveda literally translates into ‘the science of life’: ‘Ayu’ meaning life and ‘Veda’ meaning science. With its origins in India over 3,000-5,000 years ago, Ayurveda is all about balance. Founded on the understanding and focus of balancing your mind, spirit and body in order to promote good health. Ayurveda is about harmony in your life. It believes that if one aspect such as the mind is healthy, other aspects such as the body will have a better chance of also being healthy. Here are some simple ways that you can incorporate Ayurveda into your life.
Sleeping is pretty much a pillar of everything to do with wellness for our minds and bodies. It allows us to be rejuvenated for the day ahead. As an Ayurveda practice, it is important to get the right amount of sleep as well as high-quality sleep too. This means creating a routine whereby your body responds to sleep well. So that, in some ways, your body is not simply expecting it but actually receiving it. This will allow you to experience a truly revitalising sleep. It will benefit both your mind and body, making for a harmonised vessel to live and thrive within.
There is an Ayurvedic proverb which acts as the fundamental point of understanding when accessing and incorporating Ayurveda teaching into your diet – ‘When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use; when the diet is correct, medicine is of no need.’ In Western culture, it can not be denied that medicine has led to millions of people’s lives being saved. Although this is something we should all be grateful for. I believe that this proverb is encouraging the idea that in taking care of your body’s health, you are preventing yourself from falling victim to certain issues that could otherwise befall you. This, of course, stems from the idea of balance.
The Ayurvedic diet is about exploring yourself. It’s about discovering what dosha combination (vata, pitta, and kapha) you’re currently made up of as these constantly fluctuate throughout your life. Derived from nature’s five elements: Space (akasha), Air (vayu), Fire (tejas), Water (jala) and Earth (prithivi). This does take some digging and discovery – there are tons of quizzes online you can do! But once you do, you’ll be able to learn more about the foods you should be eating. The foods that will help to establish a sense of balance within your diet for optimal effects. The personalisation of this balance will enable you to improve your health more efficiently. A better and more balanced diet will help to not only improve your body’s health but also your mental health. Studies have shown that poor diets can lead to suffering from mental health issues such as depression.
As Ayurveda is a very self-reflective way of living, it makes sense that meditation is a key aspect. Meditation allows you the time to remove yourself from the struggles and worries of everyday life and to focus inwards. It is a chance to sit with yourself and be connected to your spirit, without being distracted by your surroundings. Meditation has been proven to promote good mental health as it allows you to quietly engage with your own thoughts. This constructive approach to dealing with thoughts that may overwhelm you will allow you to overcome them more effectively. It allows for less of a detrimental impact on your mental health.
Ayurveda may be the lifestyle you’ve been searching for and it is definitely something to consider if you feel stumped in life. A routine doesn’t have to be boring and taking care of your mind, body and spirit don’t have to feel impossible. Balance is so important in life as it enables you to lead a happy life where you experience both challenges and moments of fulfilment. Nobody is perfect and Ayurveda doesn’t encourage you to reach for perfection. It’s about what works for you and this is what makes it attainable and worth exploring!