Born in India more than five thousand years ago, Ayurveda is a way of living in tune with your body and aligned with the earth, for optimal health and success.
My first consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor in Bali was truly enlightening. It was so personal and intuitive, speaking to my deepest desires and inspiring me to seek a new level of self-care.
Ayurveda translates from Sanskrit as “knowledge of life.” The philosophy teaches that each of us is totally unique, and yet bound to similar energies, patterns, and environments. It’s a holistic approach to creating a plan for everyday life that’s exclusively right for YOU.
After my inspiring session with an Ayurvedic Doctor named Umaa in Ubud, I knew I was at a place in life where I could really benefit from a new perspective. So I sought out a luxury Ayurvedic program, and spent 13 days at the Como Shambhala Estate in Bali. There, I was assigned my own personal Ayurvedic Doctor, the one-and-only Doctor D, who guided me through my journey of deeper exploration and sent me off with a new vision of my healthiest and happiest self. I’ve continued to practice many of his recommendations and truly feel like I’m at a new level in my life!
I wanted to share some of the most impactful lessons I learned from my time at Como Shambhala with you here. Specific Ayurvedic practices, such as what you should eat or do, vary person to person, but these 4 principles form the basis of the system and are the perfect place to start.
If you’re just beginning to explore, let this be your entry point into bringing some of this fabulous ancient wisdom into your life!
Don’t Wait For Pain to Address Your Body’s Needs. Practice Pleasurable Health TODAY. Ayurveda understands everything from depression to weight issues to serious medical conditions as an outcome of imbalance and lack of pleasure. We’ve all likely experienced how if you wait too long to listen to that inner voice, typically something will arise that you just can’t ignore. If you want to avoid illness, burnout, or emotional crises in life, the best way is to practice pleasure NOW, in your diet, work life, spiritual and personal life. Even if you’re not experiencing any obvious medical issues, ask yourself how you can become your most energetic, happy, and healthy self so as to prevent serious problems later, and live your fullest life.
Never Deny Yourself What You Love. Instead, Seek Balance and Be Open to Change. There’s so much to enjoy in life, and I love that Ayurveda promotes the idea of moderation and adjustments, rather than total restriction, of the things that light you up. If you do find yourself caught with a persistent, addictive craving that’s clearly not serving you, the answer is likely that you’re missing something else—whether that’s nutritional, emotional, physical or spiritual. A consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor could help you dig into what’s creating the imbalance, and you might be prescribed new practices to enjoy, or foods and herbs to add to your diet. I highly recommend it!
Live in Tune With the Planet and the Seasons. This is actually so intuitive when you think about it! Do you experience different appetites, desires, and energy levels from summer to winter? Do you feel out-of-whack when you wake up too late in the day? Being in sync with the rhythms of time is super important to our wellbeing. Ayurveda emphasizes living in harmony, and so naturally that takes your environment into account on the scales as well!
Practically, this means waking with the sun and sleeping at night (roughly 10pm-6am), regulating your eating schedule to the best of your ability for consistent digestion, adjusting your diet with the seasons and eating local whenever possible. When you understand this along with the needs of your body specifically, that’s when you really find your groove.
Understanding Your Body is Key to Creating Your Best Lifestyle. it helps to know what energies are predominantly in you so you can meet them with an opposing force. Ayurvedic philosophy identifies three different energies, or doshas, known as vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
We are each made up of a unique combination of these energies that manifest themselves in our personalities, our metabolism, our features and our desires. Most people are predominantly two doshas, and more rarely someone will be just one or an even mix of all three.
As you move through life and through the seasons you will likely even experience a change in which dosha is yielding the strongest influence on your body and mind.
Depending on what’s going on in your life, Ayurveda suggests different holistic remedies to balance the doshas out, keeping their best qualities present and their negative tendencies in check. You can take a quiz online to determine your make-up, but the best way to get an accurate understanding is to consult an Ayurvedic doctor.
The Three Doshas