The Ayurvedic tradition has the potential to transform your life in dramatic ways. What’s perhaps most important to understand is that Ayurvedic practices aren’t limited to using traditional remedies. Ayurveda is truly a lifestyle. The following Ayurvedic tips will help you to incorporate this ancient system into your daily life to strengthen your mind, body and spirit.
Ayurvedic Tips for a Life of Peace and Beauty
Know Your Dosha Type
Ayurveda emphasize the importance of optimizing your wellness by eating the right foods. That’s why it’s essential to learn your dosha type. Quite simply, different types of foods have different effects on different people. Someone who is a Pitta type won’t benefit from the same foods as a Kapha or Vata type. By learning what your type is, you’ll better understand what foods you should eat, and what foods you should avoid.
Walk Every Day
Walking is an easy and gentle practice that can bring you back in touch with yourself and with nature. Additionally, walking is a “tridoshic” form of exercise. That means it calms all three doshas.
It’s worth noting that Western science supports the idea that walking every day has these effects. Studies indicate people who walk every day are generally less stressed than those who do not. These effects are enhanced when walking in nature. Thus, Western science has essentially confirmed what Ayurvedic practitioners have known for thousands of years.
In many ways, the Ayurvedic lifestyle helps you to reconnect with your authentic self. This is easier to do when you take time throughout your day to escape from the numerous stresses you may encounter to instead focus on the present moment. Meditating can help you do so. Thanks to the Internet, it’s also easier than ever to learn how to meditate. There are plenty of online guides and videos on the subject. To maximize its effects, you may also want to combine your meditation practice with yoga. This can optimize your prana (essentially your inner life-force and energy) as well.
Focus on Loving Relations
Ayurveda isn’t just about improving your own wellness and enriching your own spirit. It’s also about improving the way you interact with the entire world. That’s why Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of positive and loving relationships. Make a point of spending time with those who make you feel good about yourself. As much as possible, you should also try to treat others with kindness, even when they don’t do the same for you. It’s important to choose how you will let negativity impact your life.
Get Enough Sleep
Going to sleep early and rising with the sun reconnects your body, mind, and soul with the rhythms of nature. Your wellness requires getting proper rest. If you have a busy lifestyle, and fear you don’t have the time to get much sleep, you should remember that getting enough sleep will provide you with more natural energy for your daily tasks.
These are only a few Ayurvedic tips. You should certainly continue to explore the practice. As you do, you’ll find it truly is life-changing.
Reviewed by Dr. Jayant Lokhande, MD (Botanical Drugs), MBA (Biotechnology)