The Basics of Ayurveda are often made up of common sense principles such as: the body responds to regularity - enough sleep, regular meals and activity for the mind and body. Making sure that the rhythm of your life adapts according to seasons, your workload and general everyday pressures - awareness of these elements all helps to maintain balance and therefore health.
The understanding of your unique Ayurvedic constitution offers an insight into the person you are, how you should live, what you should eat and what is generally best for you.
Ayurveda promotes eating the right food for the right Dosha - up to 70- 80% of symptoms can be improved by being aware of what is right for your constitution and using simple everyday foods, like tea, ginger, honey, turmeric, potatoes can help balance your body.
As you probably guessed foods all are made up of differing elements which can then aggravate or supress your system.
For example :
- cutting out foods that create more heat in your body if you tend to have a pitta imbalance can make a big difference.
Two issues that are ALWAYS addressed in Ayurveda and that cause disruptive influences are the build-up of toxins (AMA). A lack of the correct foods or eating inappropriate foods can cause the poorly digested elements to enter the body and be deposited in different areas that relate to one's Dosha for example the joints.
Secondly, is whether you have too much or too little digestive "heat" - which is called AGNI.
If we do not have good digestive health then our physical health can suffer over a period of years.
We often eat because of the time and are not aware if we are actually hungry hence our body is not prepared to digest satisfactorily at this point causing AMA.
To be totally satisfied when eating, Ayurveda believes that the 6 tastes of sweet, salty, pungent, bitter, sour and astringent need to be present.
Diagnosis however, is not all about foods it also uses the pulse, eyes, tongue, the physical make- up of the body and what the individual enjoys. It is a truly individual approach to achieve balance and health within our body and ultimately becomes a way of life.
Any herbal supplements, oils and jams that are recommended are supplied by the Ayurvedic Institute and are carefully sourced from Sri Lanka and are of the highest quality, purity and potency.