Hi, lovelies! Today I want to share with you an amazing book I’ve just finished reading…Ayurveda The Science of Self-Healing by Dr Vasant Lad.
I mentioned in one of my earlier SELF CARE posts that I have had a long ongoing journey with my weight. This journey has, lead me to go on some crazy fad diets that never worked for me. I made the decision last year to stop listening to what others say about my weight and how to “fix” it and rather to learn to listen to what my body is desperately trying to tell me. One of the things I did to truly learn more about my body was to visit a genes based nutritionist and have my DNA tested. I also began doing some of my own research and started following Instagram accounts that I could learn more from. That’s when I learnt about Ayurveda! Three of the amazing women I featured in my post about inspiring women, practice Ayurveda. And it got me super intrigued.
So what is Ayurveda?
This snippet from The Chopra Center describes it best…
So why this book when there is so much information on the internet?
Well, many reasons. But mainly because I like starting my research with a highly recommended book. That way I have a concise collection of information in a physical format so I can make notes. I feel I truly digest the information that way. And then I do more reading on the points that are very interesting or that I feel need more explanation. This book was so easy to follow. I can honestly say that I learnt so much about Ayurveda that I didn’t know or understand before.
One of the main principals of Ayurveda is Doshas. Essentially a dosha is a mind-body type that expresses unique blends of physical, emotional, and mental characteristics. The three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) are derived from the five elements of nature. Which are: Space (akasha), Air (vayu), Fire (tejas), Water (jala), and Earth (prithivi). Each one of us is either one of the three doshas or one of the various combinations of the three.
The book clearly explains that what we eat, drink and do affects the balance of our dosha. And in turn, balance the health of our bodies and minds. It also explains how using what we know about our doshas we can heal our bodies. I love this concept as I have always believed that what we put in our bodies has a huge effect on our overall health, including our mental wellbeing.
Before I read the book I did the Dosha Quiz on The Chopra Center website. That way I could really take note of the things in the book related to my dosha. There is so much information about learning to be more in tune with your body, which for me is the key to my journey. I learnt the nuances of how different foods and even spices affect my body. And most of all it helped me to truly see that I can heal myself.
What I found most interesting was that, after comparing my DNA results report and attached recommendations with what I had read about my dosha, the similarities where amazing. The foods I should eat and avoid where identical. The notes about the types of physical exercise I should do were the same. And the supplements that I was suggested to take, match exactly to the main chemicals in the spices the book suggested I eat.
I have only just finished the book and am trying to follow its example. But so far I love everything that I have learnt about this way of life. So now it’s time to continue the journey and see where it takes me. Hopefully, I will be able to give you a positive update in a few months.