Within a few weeks, I had ordered her book the Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda and dove in. I started reading it about the same time as I was
I first heard about Ayurveda from a few Acupuncturists I’ve seen, then from 2 of my podcast guests. First, Andrea Claassen and then Colette Kent. I have never really looked into it too much but it’s always fascinated me. Since I’m in love with learning I think it was the perfect time to start studying it while I embark on my Yoga Teacher Training in Bali.
So what is Ayurveda?
One of the next terms you’ll hear in the Ayurveda world is about dosha’s or your mind-body type or constitution. They express unique physical, emotional and mental characteristics. What’s interesting is that Ayurveda talks about balance. If you know me or have listened to my podcast, you’ll know I can’t stand the term work/life balance as I believe balancing work and life doesn’t exist, instead there needs to be harmony. I think it’s the same for Ayurveda so whenever I read balance I’ll simply flip out for harmony 🙂
Ok the next term you’ll hear a lot is Dosha. Which includes Pitta, Vata and Kapha.
So why understand what your Dosha is? In Ayurveda, a belief is that we are all unique and when we study our uniqueness we are able to figure out how to optimize our life vs. treating blanket health problems in our life. If Ayurveda believes in a well-balanced (harmonized) mind & body there are aspects of living in the world that will cause us to become imbalanced. To bring our body back to harmony involves understanding when we’re imbalanced.
If you’re curious to find out your Dosha here are 2 resources I’ve used.
Based on the Banyan quiz, I’m primarily Pitta with some Vata imbalances.
When I took Sahara’s quiz it gave me even more perspective that I actually have a Pitta mind but a Vata body.
What was really cool about the Banyan site is they explain what your primary imbalance is and provide suggestions for balancing it out. So while the site will obviously try and sell their products they provide you with lifestyle practices, routine suggestions and dietary choices that you can try out first as baby steps before purchasing supplements. I really appreciated their approach and as a marketer applaud them as well!
Since I purchased Sahara’s book I’ll be looking at the lifestyle suggestions and nutritional suggestions in there for my Pitta mind and Vata body to see how they map out compared to Banyan. I like that I have 2 easy tools at my
That’s when I realized that certain healing modalities that may work really well for auto-immune patients need another
Are you curious to find out what your Dosha is?
Wanna study with me? Here’s a link to purchase the Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda below!!