We are now in 2016 and instead of making the same old resolutions that seem to fall by the wayside come February why not embark on something completely different this year and watch your health, body and mind transform in front of your eyes.
Ayurveda is one of the oldest systems of holistic health originating in India more than 5000 years ago and it’s fast becoming one of the most popular lifestyle choices around. Translating literally as ‘The Science of Life’ and a sister science to Yoga, the great thing about Ayurveda is that anyone can try it and those that have rarely go back to how they were before.
Dr Deepa Apte, one of the UK’s top Ayurvedic practitioners and director of London based Health and Beauty Spa Ayurveda Pura shares with us her thoughts on why Ayurveda is so revolutionary and so different from everything else out there:
- It’s tailored to suit your individual needs: Ayurveda works on the principle that every individual is made of up one of three energies or doshas which are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. A short questionnaire will determine which one you are and then everything from the best diet, exercise , colours of clothing and seasonal changes are identified to make sure you are always in balance and functioning at optimum health.
- It works with you and not against you: Many diets or detoxes require you to give up or change many aspects of your life and some can leave you feeling worse than when you started out. Ayurveda works with what you have and who you are identifying problem areas in your diet, lifestyle and relationships and offers solutions which incorporate meditation, breathing, yoga, herbs and massage treatments so you can better understand your body and your mind and move forward with a clearer image of what feels good for you.
- It’s completely natural: Everything prescribed to you in Ayurveda from your diet to the herbs and even Ayurvedic beauty products are completely 100 % natural. Ayurveda is all about the removal of toxins or ‘Ama’ from your body so everything we ask you to try and do is to help with this toxin removal. It really is a completely holistic system of health and will leave you feeling so energised and healthier inside and out.
- It’s not complicated: One of the best aspects of taking up an Ayurvedic lifestyle is the fact that it’s super easy to incorporate into your daily lifestyle. There’s no complicated procedure to follow or food combinations, you just have to be consistent in your approach and the benefits will start to show. For an idea of what a typical Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle day looks like click here
By tara mestre