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Align your Elements w/ Ayurveda

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Ayurveda (eye-yer-VAY-duh) is a 5,000 year old Indian holistic healing science that literally translates to “knowledge of life.” Ayurveda works to achieve balance and optimum health of the whole individual including the physical body, the mind, and the spirit. Through nutrition, yoga, exercise, meditation, a form of deep breathing called pranayama, and herbs, Ayurveda uses all five senses as a vehicle to bring the body back to its balanced state.

Treating the individual as a whole and not just symptoms, Ayurveda works to uncover the root cause and teaches us how to prevent it.  An important part of Ayurvedic practice is to identify a person’s ideal state of balance, determine where they are out of balance, and offer holistic interventions instead of using “quick fix” tactics to cure an ailment. Ayurveda considers physical, mental, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, behavioral, environmental, nutritional, familial, and social factors that affect us. Looking at everything that is happening in your world to find out what might be holding you back from optimal performance or health makes Ayurveda unique.

Ayurveda’s foundation is built on a simple phrase, “It depends.” It all depends on your unique, individual make up. You’re made of three energies called doshas (vata, pitta, kapha) comprised of the five great elements (air, fire, water, earth, and ether). When your doshas are out of balance, you’ll typically feel off and/or get sick. How you maintain your health will depend on which dosha(s) are most dominant in your body. Providing guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, behavior, and the proper use of our senses, Ayurveda reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit.

Monica Bloom started HeyMonicaB.com, a live resource for Ayurveda, intending to expose its benefits so that we can cultivate deeper health in all aspects of our lives. This ancient science has opened new doors to holistic living for millions of modern people.


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