Learn how to use Ayurvedic lifestyle medicine and Yoga practices to help heal your body and your mind.
Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living.
Translated as the science or knowledge of life, Ayurveda is a holistic system which originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It aims to create balanced health and harmony within the body both physically and emotionally.
Health is Wealth!
Health is achieved through increasing our knowledge and expanding our awareness. We live in our bodies, and we must learn how to listen to the subtle signs and symptoms that our bodies present to us, and not always be dependent on someone to give us a “quick fix” pill. This requires us to make a little effort, and that effort will be rewarded as we begin to feel better.
All of the therapies I offer including Yoga, massage, meditation and relaxation techniques include an aspect of Ayurveda and 5 element theory. It is such a useful holistic framework to determine the kind of lifestyle that is balancing and healthy for you at this time in your life, including the sorts of food you should eat and the amount and type of exercise you should do.
What can Ayurveda help with?
- Aches and pains
- Inflammatory/autoimmune disease
- Weight management
- Poor sleep
- Stress and anxiety disorders
- Low mood and depression
- Tension release
- Digestive disorders
- Poor posture
- Healthy aging
- Headaches and insomnia
- High blood pressure
- PMS and menopause
Modern science is now validating many of the practices that Ayurveda, massage and Yoga have been advocating for centuries. Doctors are now referring their patients to Yoga class and massage therapists, which is a great step towards balancing our health and well being from a more holistic perspective.
More about Ayurveda
One of the principles of Ayurveda is that each of us is born with a distinct constitution or Dosha – a particular combination of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha that is completely unique to each of us.
The Doshas are made up of the 5 elements
Here is a brief description of the Doshas;
Vata is the energy of Ether and Air
Movement and impulse, creativity and connection. It governs breath, heartbeat, movement, the nervous system, sensory perception, communication, our capacity for joy and expansive consciousness.
An excess of Vata can make you feel stressed out! Your digestion may be poor with frequent constipation and small dry stools. Sleepless, waking around 3am. Inability to concentrate. Feeling overwhelmed – fearful and anxious.
Pitta is the energy of Fire and Water
Digestion and transformation. It governs appetite, digestion, absorption, assimilation, intelligence, charisma, courage, and ambition.
An excess of Pitta can make you feel burned out! Your digestion may be fast, hot, burning and frequent. You may experience heat in the body. You may wake around 12 midnight. Always on the go, you may feel irritable, frustrated, hot-headed and angry.
kapha is the energy of Water and Earth
Structure and cohesiveness, grounding and stability. It governs nourishment, growth, lubrication, regeneration, fluid balance, fat regulation, strength, stamina, memory, our ability to feel compassion and contentment.
An excess of Kapha can make you feel vegged out! You may have a slow sluggish digestion with bloating and heaviness in the body. You may oversleep long and deep and take forever to get going. You can easily gain weight and become lethargic. You may experience sadness and attachment and cry easily.
Everybody has all three doshas. But different individuals have different proportions of each one, and most of us are predominant in one or two of them.
Although your Dosha type is determined at the moment of conception and are inherited from our parents and ancestors, they are constantly shifting within the body throughout our lives. Just as the five basic elements fluctuate within nature as in the change of the seasons, so these elements will also fluctuate within the body.
When we have an excess of a Dosha, it indicates that Vata, Pitta or Kapha have shifted from their natural balanced state, and this imbalance is what contributes to ill health and the disease process. Our work here is to determine the imbalance and use lifestyle practices, Yoga and perhaps massage therapy, to help restore health and harmony.
Absolutely amazing treatment from Lyn yesterday, she has given me fantastic supportive holistic advice that I can bring into my day to day life. My body feels so good! Thanks Lyn!! Becca
If you would like to learn more about Ayurveda I recommend reading Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra as a great beginners guide! You will probably already be familiar with many of the concepts of Ayurveda, as these have filtered down through the ages and cultures as common sense ways of living.