A Culture of Well-being is a podcast that bridges philosophy of Natural Medicine with practicality and inspiration. It is meant to guide and empower you to do something that will benefit you, your beloveds, and your community. Life is a Spiritual journey, whether we experience ourselves alone and empty or caught-up in the myriad dramas of modern life. Returning to our spiritual center, the heart, in any given moment is the essential skill required to navigate life’s, sometimes treacherous and sometimes blissful, path. May you fare-well, prosper, and be happy.
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Ayurvedic Principles #4: Ayurvedic Constitutions
One of the many strengths of Ayurveda arises from it’s ability to individuate and customize recommendations for the individual person. In this way, each one of us is treated as unique and treated as a whole. Understanding the Ayurvedic body type or Ayurvedic constitution is a powerful tool. It is an essential requirement to adopt the principles of Ayurveda into your life.
Your Ayurvedic constitution varies based on the combination of elements that form your subtle body. These elements give rise doshas, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, that govern the physical and functional manifestation of the body.
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The Legend of Chyawanprash
Chyavanprash, has inspired legend for its health benefits… Insights from modern research truly proves its worth.
· Amla (Indian Gooseberry) provides the antioxidant backbone, protecting from degenerative inflammation and oxidation.
· Dashmoola (10 roots), along with cinnamon, cardamom and pippali, improve and protect lung function.
· Chyavanprash enhances function of the heart muscle, improving blood and nutritional flow to cells, with help of herbs like haritaki and vibhitaki.
· with aid of herbs like Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Gokshura, Bala, Chyavanprash also improves sexual vigor and vitality in men and women
· In Charak Samhita, it is described as “Paramukto Rasayana” – meaning it is the best rejuvenator and anti-aging medicines.
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Vis: Healing Power of Nature
Natural medicines from across the world seem to agree one thing: “Just as beauty is inherent in a flower, light is inherent in the Sun, healing is inherent in a human.” The Principles of Practice of Naturopathic medicine open with this acknowledgement: “Vis Medicatrix Naturae”
This phrase states the importance of “healing power of nature” is inherent as an essential function of our physiology.
What does this mean?
Human beings are a part and product of Nature. Scientists from our ancient past saw this without the need for telescopes and microscopes. Instead, with power for observation they understood the patterns and rhythms of Nature. And recognized the effects these patterns and rhythms on our health. Based on these observations, they developed natural sciences of medicine that focused on disease prevention and healing through natural means of the body, mind, and spirit.
From a modern scientific perspective, we can say that we have evolved with nature over the course of hundreds of thousands of years. We didn’t evolve in hospitals or by using pharmaceuticals. We evolved to survive through the grace and abundance of natural resources that made up our living environment. These natural recourses are the myriads of vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, grain, animal products, herbs, and spices; also, the Sun, air, water and earth in our surrounding.
With the aid of modern science, we are capable of understanding physiological imbalances that lead to disease and pain. The long evolutionary relationship with nature allows our body to readily use the medicinal compounds from foods and herbs as building blocks and signals; these restore health and balance to our physiology. Thus, food as medicine stimulates the healing power of Nature inherent in us.
A Culture of Wellbeing, is a culture that guides us to live in alignment with our nature. It supports our closeness with nature through means of foods, herbs and spices, and time in nature… Such a Culture of Wellbeing vitalizes our life force and creates a foundation for our Spiritual development.
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Ayurvedic Principles #3: Doshas Around Us
Doshas in our environment can influence physical dosha. Environmental effects on dosha are of two kinds. One, the objective experience of natural elements in any given environment (i.e. weather, season, animals, plants, etc.) Second, the subjective experience caused by human or artificial elements of our environment (i.e. lighting, aroma, furniture, memory or emotional connections, people, etc.) Either of these have the capacity to influence our physiological doshas, positively or negatively. Therefore, language of doshas creates a bridge for relating how the environmental experience might affect and change the physiological experience.
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Show notes on Daily practices by Dosha:
Kapha pre-dominates 6am-10am and 6pm-10pm
Pitta pre-dominates 10am-2pm and 10pm-2am
Vata pre-dominates 2am-6am and 2pm-6pm.
Waking by 5-6am, starting our day with spiritual practice and light exercise helps to ground the Vata dosha and causes energetic momentum to arise with the Kapha dosha. This gives the best yield of energy and high productivity for start of our day.
As Pitta (fire) is strongest at 12pm, heartiest meal of the day between the hours of 12-1pm is most efficiently digested. This gives additional boost of energy and keep momentum through 6pm.
As the Kapha hours start again by 6pm, metabolic activity starts to slow down and switch direction from outward focus to inward focus. We are invited to slow down and unwind for the day. Eating a relatively lighter meal by 7pm for additional energy.
Going to sleep by 9-10pm, gives 7-8 hours of rest and restoration.
Also, if we are resting, 10pm-2am Pitta-time promotes optimal daily detox for the body.
From 2am-6am, the Vata takes the toxins processed through the pitta-time and moves them to the channels of elimination. These are ideally removed through urinary and bowel elimination during the late Vata/early Kapha hours between 5-8am.
Ayurvedic Principles #2: Doshas
The elements that make up the universe are the same that combine to form the 3 Ayurvedic doshas that govern the structure and function of the body…
Air and Space combines to make Vata
Fire and Water combine to make Pitta
Water and Earth combine to make Kapha
To understand the physiological activities and implications of the Dosha is difficult without understanding the elements which cause that dosha. So, let us discuss them individually in brief.
Qualities by Elements:
Space: Clear, Light, Subtle, Soft, Immeasurable, Expansive
Air: Mobile, Dry, Light, Cold, Rough, Subtle
Fire: Hot, Sharp, Light, Dry, Subtle, Illuminating, Transformative
Water: Cold, Flowing, Unctous(Moist), Liquid, Smooth, Adhesive(Sticky)
Earth: Heavy, Dense, Hard, Stable/Static, Slow moving, Inertia
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Ayurvedic Principles #1: Elements
According to the Ayurvedic theory, we are part and product of the Universe. Therefore, we are made of the same stuff that makes up the universe… This is may not be a surprise anyone. However, understanding Ayurvedic physiology requires and extra dose of imagination regarding this fact of our universal belonging.
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