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Ayurvedic Nutrition – The importance of Food in Ayurveda

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When embracing an ayurvedic lifestyle and ayurvedic nutrition program it is important to consider some very important things. Ayurveda uses food as medicine and even goes to prescribe various ways for preparing and consuming food.

A proper functional diet regime is a very critical for keeping the body and mind healthy.  In the Charaka Samhita an ancient ayurvedic text it states that a living being is made up of the food that it consumes and diseases are also caused by food that it consumes.

In ayurvedic nutrition, one needs to consider the effects of both the purifying and rejuvenating qualities of food. It is important to remember that both of these are needed to maintain health and longevity but purification must be done before rejuvenation. In our ayurvedic cooking course and retreat, we unfold the proper means of establishing this. This involves selecting the right foods for your constitution and preparing and cooking them in the right way – using the right herbs and spices.

Another important thing is that one must cultivate a positive mental attitude in selecting whole foods to ingest. This requires one to leave consumption of harmful foods that causes ill effect on one’s total well-being.

Generally, people have much resistance to this based on their attachment to certain foods and often at times, the attachment is related to a feeling of pleasure that the consumption brings. The habits of poor diet intake can be a difficult to surrender, but once a conscious choice is made for change an opportunity presents itself as a manifestation for physical and mental harmony.  The means for this harmony can be brought up through adopting a sattvic diet –  one that does not over-stimulate, aggravate, and make the body dull and heavy.

A sattvic diet should be one that is also suitable for your dosha and current state of well-being.  The food should taste good and would be more beneficial to body and mind if were organic and free of toxins.

The beauty about an ayurvedic diet program is that it is allows you to make small adjustments and keep track of the foods that best suit you at particular phase of your life.  Taking this into consideration is important when undertaking a change in diet and lifestyle.

From my own experience I have come to know that when my mental resistance and physical addictions to certain foods were broken, I came to relax my notions about a healthy diet and truly felt happy and good about myself.  Everyone is unique, with their physiology, so after a period of initial detoxification, it is important to regularly assess how your food is affecting your health and well being.  You may end up changing your program and eating different foods with different tastes as a result.

Our rejuvenation Ayurveda cooking and Yoga Retreat in Hawaii incorporates a sattvic and organic vegetarian diet where you will learn all about the nutritional properties of food and herbs in relation to Ayurveda. You will also experience hands on cooking and learn recipes for healing and health.

Stay tuned to my next article when I will give you 10 Ayurvedic Food and Diet Tips for optimum health.

Yoga and Ayurveda are Sister Sciences

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Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences that have been married together like husband and wife for thousands of years in order to heal the body/mind complex. They are two sides of the same coin that are bound together and used to attain the ultimate wealth of knowledge.

Generally, ayurveda deals more with the health and healing of the body preparing us for yoga which then purifies the mind and intellect. Their complementary attributes are to be embraced for the highest attainment of “Self Mastery”.

The ancient yogis or seers known as rishis were the original masters of all vedic sciences including yoga and ayurveda. They understood that good health is an essential asset on the path toward Moksha or Self-realization. If the body was neglected it could easily become an obstacle to spiritual practice and happiness.

Anyone who practices yoga would agree to how challenging it can be to do yoga postures if the body is not well or in good physical health. Similarly, one who practices pranayama or meditation would find it extremely difficult to practice if they were ill and fatigued.

Thus Ayurveda, the ancient art and science originating from India, keeps us healthy on our spiritual quest and the journey home. Yoga and ayurveda have a mutually supportive relationship because they offer many methods to prevent and heal diseases and disorders. In addition, ayurveda and yoga as sister sciences educate us about restoring balance to the body and mind by processes of purification and rejuvenation for optimum health.

Both systems share a philosophical foundation and thus have similarities in relation to mental attitude, dharma (righteous living), diet, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle. Traditionally, a student of yoga and ayurveda would first live close to a master in an ashram to do service and learn the scared teaching which were often taught orally – passed down for generations from the teacher to the student. The basic ayurvedic principles for health and longevity were considered an extremely important part and integrated as a foundation for a life of sadhana (spiritual practice).

Today, the teachings of yoga and ayurveda are easily available to all. Whether prepared or not one can embrace these practices if they are dedicated to their health, spiritual path and well-being. It is important however to learn these sacred, ancient healing practices from those who have been taught from traditional masters and schools that use traditional texts. Otherwise, the student does not receive the correct or full knowledge of what needs to be learned and practiced.

Nowadays we see that yoga is prevalent and being learned by many people from all over the world. What is often lacking is a deep foundational knowledge of ayurveda. Keeping this in mind, modern yoga practitioners would most certainly benefit from having a well educated ayurvedic practitioner, doctor or therapist teach traditional ayurveda to help them establish a healthy dinacharya (daily routine) and adjust their practice according to their constitution, dosha imbalance, stages of life, season, and so on. This is ultimately needed to prevent disease and promote longevity.

In all of our yoga and ayurveda trainings and courses which we offer, we infuse them with a traditional and practical means for reaching your goal. One of holistic health, happiness and well-being. Check out our ayurveda and yoga retreats as well as our Edmonton Yoga Training and Golden BC Yoga Training.

Jnana Yoga Vedanta and Ayurveda

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Jnana Yoga, Vedanta and Ayurveda

“What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.” – Eckhart Tolle

Jnana Yoga and Vedanta prepare and purify the mind for a deeper understanding of ourselves which involves a knowing beyond the body, mind and intellect. Out of which we birth the capacity to become the awareness, the one who sees the actions and thoughts, as well as all the things that go on around us.

Jnana is the wisdom or knowledge one gains after removing the ignorance that has been accumulated throughout life. It develops the intrinsic human qualities to name a few which are understanding, compassion and acceptance.

In Jnana Yoga and Vedanta, we use the mind and intellect to inquire into our own essential nature and then transcend our mind’s identification with its thoughts and ego.

Ayurveda, a profound Vedic science grants us the privilege to understand the nature of spirit by teaching and practicing ways to see and move beyond the senses and also by using the senses and sense organs in a holistic and healthy way.

Slowly we can all peel away the layers, like an onion, to get to our core essential nature of who we are – Satchitananda – “Sat” “Chit” “Ananda”

Truth Consciousness Bliss Absolute

Om Shanti

Jai