We hope you are staying safe and trying your best to maintain a calm mindset.
In this blog post, we will be discussing Ayurveda. Now more than ever it is so important that we are looking after both our mental and physical health.
Ayurveda is an alternative Indian medicine system that believes that health and wellness depends on a delicate balance between the mind, body and spirit. To gain harmony, we must focus on balancing the elements, i.e the ‘doshas’ in our body, to promote good health.
Ayurveda can benefit you in a number of ways:
Encourages you to love yourself
Ayurveda encourages you to find love within yourself, rather than comparing yourself to others. It also encourages you to grow, heal, and reflect on your life.
Reduces body toxins
Various practices within Ayurveda prevent toxins from developing, such as eating your largest meal at lunchtime (whilst the sun is at its highest). This prevents the body from feeling imbalanced, and reduces toxins.
Learn to clear up energy
Ayurveda encourages you to reflect and clear out what isn’t working for you in life, making room for new things. Cleansing both the mind and body will allow you greater access to inner peace.
The Vata Season
As we have moved into the colder months, we have to to manage the Vata shift. Vata is the air/wind element that we experience when we go into colder seasons. A Vata imbalance presents itself in ways such as dryness in the body, dehydration, anxiety, restlessness, poor circulation, inability to feel grounded, asthma, body aches and tightness.
However, out senior yoga teacher Mumtaz has some tips for pacifying the Vata dosha:
‘I focus on’:
1. Surrounding myself with people who make me feel safe and secure
2. Sipping more warm drinks such as hot water with ginger and honey
3. Trying not to stimulate myself at night by turning my phone off
4. Reminding myself that I am safe and secure with mantras and more mediation.
5. Focusing more on calming asana postures to help me feel grounded.
6. Pranayama breathing techniques
7. Wrapping up warm with layers!
Stay healthy and safe yogis!
All the best,