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  1. AYURVEDA

  2. What is Ayurveda? • Humoral medicine • Knowledge of longevity • Lifestyle ,diet and herbal remedies • Practiced in India for over 5000 years • Personalized for optimum health

  3. The East Vs. The West • “Western medicine and thinking tend to generalize and to categorize individuality” • “Ayurveda holds that normality must be evaluated individually, because every human constitution manifests its own particular spontaneous temperament and functioning”

  4. Earth, Fire, Water, Space

  5. Your Dosha Vata- Space and Air Pitta- Fire and Water Kapha- Water and Earth

  6. Kapha • Larger builds, can carry excess weight • Move slowly • Hair is thick, dark, soft and wavy • Sound sleepers • Crave pungent, bitter and stringent foods Vata Pitta • Generally physically lean and small • Disturbed sleep • Cold hands and feet • Curly hair, thin eyelashes, rough, brittle nails • Crave sweet, sour and salty and like hot drinks • Medium height, average body frame • Many moles and freckles • Hair is thin, silky, red or brown and soft nails • Uninterrupted sleep • Strong metabolism, good digestion and strong appetites

  7. How to Balance your Doshas • Diet • Lifestyle • Daily regime • Yoga • Body work

  8. Pitta Foods • Spicy food • Peanut butter • Sour fruits • Bananas • Pineapples • Dairy products • These foods increase pitta

  9. VATA DECREASE VATA

  10. KAPHA INCREASE KAPHA DECREASE KAPHA • Bananas • Melon • Coconut • Pineapples • Dairy products • Dry fruits • Pomegranate • Basmati Rice • Sprouts • Chicken

  11. Food Combining • Fish and milk • Meat and milk • Yogurt and beef • Sour fruits and milk • *Melons- clog and prevent absorption of intestines

  12. Seasons • Pitta- Summer- don’t eat hot and spicy foods • Vata- Autumn- avoid dry fruits and protein rich foods • Kapha- Winter- avoid cold drinks, ice cream, cheese and yogurt

  13. How to Eat • Don’t eat unless you feel hungry, same for thirst • Sit straight and avoid distractions • Focus on the taste and smell • Chew 32 times • Stomach- 1/3 water, 1/3 food, 1/3 air • Two handfuls of food total • “Eat and drink with discipline and regularity for eating is meditation, which will nourish the body, mind, and consciousness and enhance longevity”

  14. Bring It All Together • You are a Kapha individual. Kapha is heavy, dense, wet, cold and static. If you eat a large bowl of ice cream (heavy, dense wet and cold,) at night (cold) in winter in Vermont (cold, wet), you can be sure that Kapha will increase in your system. The next morning you may find yourself with a cold, having gained a pound or two (the increase of heavy and dense) and less likely to move than ever (static).

  15. “Water is the driving force of all nature.” -Leonardo da Vinci

  16. Fasting • Vata- no more than three days=could cause fear, anxiety, nervousness and weakness • Pitta- no more than four days= psycho/physical reactions of anger, hate and dizziness • Kapha- may do prolonged fasts= pleasant lightness, awareness and opening of consciousness, improved clarity and understanding

  17. Yoga • Sister sciences • Open and move energies • Release Tension • Concentration • Increase O2 in blood • Self healing http://www.pdnphotooftheday.com/2011/03/8918

  18. Pitta- no headstand posture= mental disorientation • Vata- no shoulder stand= Shift spinal column • Kapha- no hidden lotus posture= pressure on adrenal glands

  19. Bodywork Massage Shirodara Nasya NetraBasti

  20. Meditation “A life without attachment and stress is the happiest, healthiest and most peaceful one. Such a life creates natural longevity”

  21. Breathing • “Pranayama”- Breathing exercises • Pitta- left nostril breathing • Kapha- right nostril breathing • Vata- alternate nostril breathing

  22. Daily Regime

  23. Medicinals ASHWAGANDHA BACOPA TRANQUIL MIND

  24. Gaze at rays of sun at dawn for five minutes daily to improve eyesight • Do not repress natural urges of body i.e. defecation, urination, coughing, sneezing, yawning, belching and passing gas • Rubbing the soles of the feet with sesame oil before bedtime produces a calm quiet sleep • Lying on back for fifteen minutes calms the mind and relaxes the body

  25. Mental Hygiene • Fear and nervousness aggravate vata • Worry weakens the heart • Hate and anger create toxins in the body • Excessive talking dissipates energy

  26. Convince the Sceptics • Meditation- • “How to Get Smarter One Breath at A Time” –Time Magazine • <http://psyphz.psych.wisc.edu/web/News/Time_Jan06.html> • Yoga • Iran Journal of Nursing • Digestive Individuality- • “Eat Right For Your Blood Type”

  27. Citations Led, Vasant. Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing. Twin Lakes: Lotus, 1990. Print. "Ayurveda." University of Maryland Medical Center. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. <http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/ayurveda-000348.htm>. The History of Medicine and Surgery. Encyclopedia Britannica, vol. 23, p. 886. Print The Basic Principles of Ayurveda." The National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. <Http://nian.com/corp-web/index.htm. Web.>