Ayurveda is a complete healing system that originated over 5000 years ago. It’s becoming more and more popular, just like yoga did, but it is certainly not new.
If we break down the word Ayurveda, Ayus means knowledge or science and veda means life. It is literally the science or knowledge of life. It is a complete lifestyle that is focused on giving you tools and practises to create health on a daily basis by using your innate healing ability. I think intuitively we all know that our body is designed to heal and know what to do. So by living this wisdom and these practises, you begin to thrive physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
There are several principles that make up the foundation of Ayurveda and more and more, modern science is validating these ancient teachings.
Let's go through some of them here below:It is a holistic mind-body-spirit approach to health and well-being, so it gives you tools for thriving in all aspects of your life—physical, emotional, and spiritual. You’ve heard about the mind/body/spirit connection and yet, so often we disregard what is important. Why do we overlook it when we know it's so valuable?
Your mind, body and spirit are inextricably connected. What you take in through your experiences (5 senses) creates thoughts, feelings, nourishment, toxins, that affect your body and your mind. If you have a lot of toxic thoughts, your body won’t run optimally.
Think about a time where you were in the presence of an intense argument, how did it feel in your body? Was there tension, sweating, tears? Or the opposite situation. Imagine you’ve just been invited to an epic event or trip of your dreams, your friends are on their way to pick you up RIGHT NOW. What does your body feel like? Excited, energetic, you pick up the physical pace, perhaps you are smiling. Now let’s bring it to the body first, you eat garbage food, your mind can't focus or get clear, you feel heavy physically, but also unmotivated, tired. If you focus on only one aspect and expect to thrive, you may find yourself struggling. Research is confirming that when you address all these aspects of your life, you maximise your well-being.
Secondly, it addresses all aspects of the person, not just a “problem area” it focuses on the root cause of the issue and teaches you how to reverse the disease process to heal what started it all rather than put a temporary, symptom-specific short-term solution on it.
It’s also preventative, so when you live an ayurvedic lifestyle, you are less likely to build up toxins (ama) and have tools to relieve stress, so that diseases are less likely to ever become present.
It’s important to understand that just because Ayurveda originated over 5000 years ago, it doesn’t mean its outdated. It’s quite the opposite, because it’s based on the principles of nature which never change.
Ayurveda teaches that the five elements that make up the universe, fire, air, earth, space and water, are also within you, so when you align your daily habits with the rhythms of nature and your natural cycles, you eat colourful, nourishing foods, you have awareness of what you take in through your five senses, you sleep (heal) well and you connect to the deeper part of you, your body comes back into balance. Not only that, but you can then reach your full potential to have fulfilment, joy and peace in your life.
Ayurveda is personalised, and this is my favourite part. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to this healing wisdom. Thank goodness! We are so different and what is beneficial for one person, isn't necessarily what the other needs.
Remember those five elements that I said are within you? Those 5 elements are responsible for different aspects of your wellbeing and we all have them all within us, yes, but to varying degrees. We each have a unique mind/body type, made up of those elements, which in Ayurveda we call Doshas. There are three Doshas, Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Vata is made up of space and air and is responsible for movement and transportation within the body. It is the principle behind all movement and the force that generates thought.
Pitta is made up of fire and water and Pitta is the principle of transformation. It represents energy, heat, or fire.
Kapha is made up of earth and water and is responsible for protection and structural integrity. It is the principle that holds the cells together and forms the muscle, fat, bone.
In Ayurveda, you learn about your mind-body type, our dosha, you recognize what being in balance or out of balance looks like for you specifically and we learn the tools to bring yourself back to balance. Not to even levels of all three doshas, but to the level of YOUR essential nature.
You know this to be valuable, because what works for your partner in their physical routine, might leave you depleted. The foods that your friend has been eating, leave you feeling bloated even though they are “healthy” options. You know you need more or less sleep than someone. If you have kids, you can tell that some need naps and others don’t. So you build awareness of what feels good for you.
Lastly, it’s very practical. When you start to line up your daily life with the rhythms of nature, the circadian rhythms, the lunar rhythms, the seasonal rhythms, etc. you will see that you’ve naturally and intuitively been practising certain aspects of Ayurveda throughout your life. You do simple, daily maintenance practises such as scraping your tongue, drinking warm water and walking to stoke your digestive fire. You connect and create peace, by meditating, walking in nature, or breathing deeply. You restore your mind and body through proper sleep, self-massage, essential oils, healing yoga., you release toxins through emotional release techniques, seasonal resets, switching out toxic self-care or household products.
I teach you all that you need to know to start living an Ayurvedic lifestyle in my program, Glow with Your Flow. Check it out here www.floatyoucork.com/flow.
Your body is always supporting you. It so incredibly intelligent and it does so much for you, asking nothing in return. Even though we live busy, intense and physically and emotionally toxic lives, our body still wants to heal. It's up to us to get out of the way and let it do what it needs to do.
- Relief from depression
- Lowered blood pressure
- Stress relief
- Helps you regain your inner calm and equilibrium
- Improved digestion
- Improved memory
- Improved interpersonal relationships
- Reduced anxiety
- And overall healing to your body systems because you are turning down the stress response, which most people are currently always in.
- Improved focus
- Mood boost
- Improved intuition
- A sense of overall well-being
- Stress reduction
- Immune boost
- Lower risk of disease
So many “shoulds” are popping up. Whether you are looking around and what you see in others that you “want” or you feel like you need to be a certain way for others, the list goes on and on about all the self-improvements you want to make as a woman, a mother, in your career, your family life, your marriage, your body…I could go on. Can you feel the heaviness in all of that?
This year, let’s simplify. Before we start adding to all the lists, just as yourself this one question...
Am I just existing or am I thriving?You might have been “just existing” for so long that you don’t even know what thriving looks like. When we are in the noise and the business it’s hard to even have awareness of what something different might feel like.
There is a massive difference between thriving and existing.Just existing can be very sneaky because it can even be a habit.
Signs you are existing:
You make decisions that keep you small and safe
You don’t try new things
You react rather than respond
When you make a mistake, you look at is as failure rather than feedback
You can’t hear your inner voice and what others say and think about you is what you take as truth
You feel restricted rather than expansive
You feel like slowing down is wasting time
You push and push through the week rather than feeling the pull of peace and balance.
You feel like your body isn’t supporting you - low energy, poor digestion, lack of sleep and so on.
So WHY is it worth checking in with yourself, taking a breath and just listening?
Because you deserve to be happy. A hamster wheel existence keeps you apart from remembering your wholeness. Keeps you from experiencing the potential of what this life has to offer. Keeps you from being able to pour into others using your gifts. Keeps you from feeling peace in your life and balance in your days.
So what now? You’ve decided that perhaps you have been just existing. How does that influence what you want for this year?
It means you should tune in and get choosy. Marie Kondo what is happening within you and around you. Ask yourself, do you need it? Do you love it? Does it bring you joy? Ask this about what you take in as food, how you spend your time, where you spend your money, what you watch, etc.
Start to live by the 80/20 rule…because it allows you to give yourself grace. For example, you might not have a say in 20% of the people you surround yourself with, but for the other 80%, get choosy.
Get choosy about what you take in through your five senses. It all affects you.
Get choosy about what you put in your mouth…not based on the latest trend, but by how it makes you FEEL.
Slow down and begin to be aware of how you feel and it will change what you choose to hold on to, commit to, allow in, put out and spend time on.
This year, choose to start with awareness. It’s the light on the path of thriving.
If you can incorporate 20 minutes twice a day, I recommend you do it once in the morning after you use the washroom and maybe have a glass of water or hot water with lemon.