Wise Woman Ayurveda

 
Ayurveda is the oldest preventative health care system in the world, over 5,000 years old. Ayurveda is often simply translated as the Science of Life (ayu=life, veda=science). One of my teachers, Dr. Sunil Joshi of The Vinayak Ayurveda and
Panchakarm Research Foundation, gives a little more detail. He explains that life contains four main components: the body, the sense organs, the mind and the soul. Therefore, Ayurveda is the science of life which studies and nourishes, not only the body, but the sense organs, the mind and the soul as well.


Ayurveda teaches us that we are all part of nature, and we are constantly affected by everything around us. We are all a combination of the five elements; earth, water, fire, air and ether. These five elements combine together to form the 3 doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha). Vata is composed of air and ether; Pitta is composed of fire and water; Kapha is composed of water and earth. Each individual is made up of a unique combination of these elements and doshas, and Ayurveda strives to promote balance in our lives using the rule that like increases like. For example, if I am feeling particularly “fiery” one day (easy to anger; hot, red face; burning sensations), then I know that my Pitta is out of balance and I need to eat cooling foods (coconut, avocado, mint) and perform cooling activities (staying in the shade, a cooling breathing practice, calming meditation) in order to bring my doshas back into balance. If I ignore these warning signs and eat hot peppers and tomatoes while sitting in the direct, hot sun of summer, then I can expect to push my Pitta further out of balance. If I continue this behavior over a long period of time, I can expect to eventually push my body to a point that it begins to manifest signs of disease caused by this doshic imbalance. This is often the stage of disease when Western doctors are needed to step in with medications and invasive procedures. Ayurveda strives to bring us back into balance before reaching this stage of disease by recognizing 4 stages of disease before a Western doctor would even acknowledge a problem.


Ayurveda utilizes suggestions in lifestyle, nutrition, exercise, relaxation, self-study and herbs to facilitate health, balance and healing for a lifetime.


Ayurveda has been effective in alleviating digestive problems, weight issues, anxiety, depression, allergies, pms, infertility, menopause and many other issues.


Contact Belinda if you are interested in a consultation: 301-683-8815.



Below are some reference materials for your use in your personal process of self-study.


Daily Rituals for Healing

    Ayurveda encourages daily practices to support our journey. I have found that this has been more powerful than anything else at getting me on my mat every morning for my yoga practice. The daily rituals are designed to clean the senses every morning upon rising. They include daily self massage with oil for the skin; netti wash and nasya for the nose; spraying rose water in the eyes; warm sesame oil in the ears; tongue scraping and oil pulling for the mouth. Click here for more details about daily rituals for healing.


Self-Massage with Warm Oil

Regular oil massage will remove excess fat from the skin, make the skin glossy and soft and strengthen the skin while protecting the skin from disease. It improves immunity and stimulates the lymph system to aid in the removal of wastes. Oil massage can begin to release repressed emotions especially when massaged in the opposite direction of the lay of the hair. Crystals of unresolved emotions become de-crystalized and dissolve with regular self-massage.


Recipes for Healing

    Ayurveda does not offer one cookie cutter diet for everyone nor does it offer a diet of deprivation. It encourages us all to find the foods that best serve our bodies depending on our individual constitutions (or doshas), the season, the time of day and any current imbalances that we may be experiencing. An important fact is that the most important factor for digestion and nourishment isn’t what we eat, or when we eat, but how we eat. Always try to eat in a relaxed environment, enjoying every single bite. Eat only if you are hungry. Click here for some specific recipes for healing.


Doshic Quiz

    Are you predominantly a Vata, Pitta or Kapha? What is your secondary dosha? A great doshic quiz to determine Ayurvedic constitution is available at:

http://www.banyanbotanicals.com/

Answer the questions based on your entire life, rather than any recent changes, in order to determine your constitution.

 

Guest House

This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

-Rumi

Belinda Baer

301-683-8815

Takoma Park, MD 20912

belinda@wisewomanayurveda.com