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Wellness Through Ancient Wisdom

Ayurveda is a sister science of Yoga and it is one of the oldest holistic medicines in the world. It is recognized by The World Health Organization (WHO) as a traditional and complementary medicine that supports modern medical treatments. By practicing Ayurveda, we access to wellness through ancient wisdom.

Ayurveda is a proven system. At Origin of Type we understand success lies in four ideas we call FourS™, Simple, Small, Slow and Steady. 

Simple

When you start your wellness journey through this ancient wisdom, you’ll realize how simple it is. To some, simplicity could be discouraging. They might assume that to make changes they need to do something radical. In reality, it’s the opposite of that. Ayurveda understands that life is simple. I had a client who suffered from severe bloating every day. After our initial consultation I figured out her mind-body type. I suggested she eat cooked foods instead of raw vegetables (salads) for lunch. By making this shift in her diet, she got rid of the bloating and doesn’t crave salads anymore. Once you stop having digestive issues, you start favoring foods that are good for you.

Small

For people who operate on the idea of “go big or go home”, Ayurveda’s philosophy might sound unrealistic. Stanford behavior scientist BJ Fogg Ph.D., in his book Tiny Habits, explains “small is successful and sustainable. Applying go big or go home to everything you do is a recipe for self-criticism and disappointment.”

This ancient wisdom is aware of that and guides us to introduce small changes to our diet and lifestyle, not big and bold ones. Something as small and simple as drinking a glass of warm water in the morning after we wake up generates a positive impact on our gut. It helps the stomach prepare to receive food for the rest of the day.

Slow

Ayurveda introduces small changes slowly and incrementally. This “incremental progress leads to sustainable success,” states BJ Fogg Ph.D. This is also in line with Ayurvedic principles. Everything in nature has a rhythm that can’t be changed. By going slow, you start noticing how your digestion and mood shifts throughout the day. You become more aware of what you did or didn’t do that prompted those symptoms. By going slow, you can reconnect with yourself and your needs. You will also have less desire to eat foods that can negatively affect your wellness.

Steady

The success in ancient Ayurvedic practices relies on the frequency in which you apply those practices and principles, whether it’s meditation, pranayama (breathing techniques), or use of the proper cooking spices for your unique mind body-type. You will enjoy more benefits by practicing something every day for a couple of minutes than for a long period of time once per week.

This principle will help those who eat few meals during the week and binge eat on the weekend. Eating this way is just as bad for your gut health as having a diet consisting of only fast food. It’s in the frequency of new behaviors that we develop healthy habits and begin noticing improvement of our wellbeing.

In my case, I don’t experience discomfort or fatigue before or during my period anymore. I learned from my teachers that Ayurveda regulates reproductive systems. Once I experienced it myself, I was left in awe of how simple changes can bring so much wellness. Ayurveda is the gift that keeps on giving.

Causes of disease

According to Ayurveda, you can obtain and maintain health and well-being by leading a lifestyle where mind, body, and spirit are in balance.

Some of the causes of imbalance can be diet, genetic tendencies and conditions, age, or climate. However, the most significant causes of disease (dis-ease) are our lifestyle and being disconnected to our true nature. When we disconnect from ourselves, we disconnect from well-being

Purpose of Ayurveda

Ayurveda wants us to reconnect and find ourselves through simple yet powerful practices. In Sanskrit, the ancient language of India, the word Ayurveda is Knowledge of Life. AYU means life, and VEDA means Knowledge or Science. 

This ancient wisdom sees disease as a manifestation of body-mind-spirit imbalances. 

Everything is composed of the same five elements, Ether, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. Our bodies are guided by the same principles of Movement-Creativity or VATATransformation-Action or PITTA and Rest-Stability or KAPHA. These are the doshas (mind-body type) and you can learn more about doshas here.

Ayurveda is not a one-size-fits-all approach. This traditional medicine understands each individual’s mind-body nature and imbalance to ensure each person’s optimal state of health and wellbeing.

The goal of Ayurveda is to give us the tools to consciously choose how we can create a life more in line with our inner truth. You can achieve wellness through this ancient wisdom.

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Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health programs.

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