When a body is in balance, it radiates throughout. “Health is not simply the absence of disease,” says Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. It is life’s dynamic expression.” Ayurveda facilitates this type of expression by promoting balance.
The act of dynamically expressing life is multifaceted, as are the benefits of Ayurveda. Here are seven benefits, or manifestations of balance, that the Ayurvedic practice provides.
Staying Healthy (Preventive Care)
So much of western medicine is concerned with disease treatment. While Western medicine struggles to catch up to the ancient wisdom of preventive care, Ayurvedic medicine has provided practitioners with the means to maintain health and avoid disease for thousands of years.
By tailoring our diets and lifestyles to our individual constitutions, we can maintain the internal balance required for good health. The best way to combat disease is to avoid getting sick in the first place.
Beautiful skin is healthy skin. When we use the harsh chemicals found in so many commercial skin care products, we mistreat our skin so badly that we may feel compelled to use even more harsh chemicals to help mask the damage.
Better to care for our skin by first understanding it. If you have dry vata skin, sensitive pitta skin, or oily kapha skin, you can learn which ancient, natural skin treatments will best balance these qualities and promote healthy, beautiful skin. Furthermore, by maintaining a healthy diet and a balancing lifestyle, our skin will respond to these Ayurvedic practices and will naturally balance itself as the entire body is brought back into balance and health.
With the speed of travel, the overload of information, and the constant, mechanical noise that pervades our lives in our modern world, it is easy to become distracted, to find our minds disquieted and anxious. When we slow down, when we get to know and understand our bodies and how their natural constitutions require balance, our minds follow.
A healthy diet and lifestyle help to calm our minds and allow us to concentrate more easily. Mental balance is just as important as physical balance, and Ayurvedic practices are designed to promote both mental and physical balance.
We stress in the same way that our minds lose focus. Working under duress, as the majority of us do, aggravates vata and causes stress. This vata imbalance first affects the joints—and isn’t it true that we often first notice high stress levels by having sore, clenched jaws? Ayurveda reduces stress through diet and lifestyle. These practices help to balance vata and calm pitta.
Ayurveda takes a comprehensive, long-term approach to energy revitalization.
It is all too easy in this world to skip sleep when working on a deadline, to eat foods that are out of season, or to eat late at night. We all do things that throw off the balance of our bodies and minds, resulting in sluggishness and lethargy.
Coffee and other stimulants may be effective in the short term, but Ayurveda has a comprehensive, long-term approach to energy revitalization. We can balance ourselves when we understand our natural dosha, or constitution. A vata person engaged in vata activity is overloaded with vata and could benefit from more pitta and kahpa elements to balance this excess vata.
Grounding and relaxing vata types is essential for maintaining healthy skin and hair, avoiding stress, and revitalizing energy. It is very easy to become disoriented, and being aware of our body’s natural constitution assists us in restoring the balance that leads to relaxation. When you are relaxed, you feel at ease and content in your mind and body, and this is an important indicator of physical, mental, and spiritual balance.
Abhyanga, or body massage, is also beneficial for relaxation. Whether self-massage or therapeutic massage, these practices, especially when enhanced with Ayurvedic oils and various heat sources, help remove excess vata that causes stress.
Have you ever met someone who appears to be older than their years? They lived a hard life, which we define as one filled with great stress and significant physical, mental, and spiritual imbalance. Our faces bear the marks of our health.
We alleviate the stresses and anxieties that wear out our bodies by balancing doshas and maintaining a healthy relationship between vata, pitta, and kapha. This harmony promotes not only a healthy, youthful body, but also a vibrant, dynamic mind, even as we age.
Healthy, balanced bodies and minds are required for the dynamic expression of life.
We can maintain and promote the balance that is so important to the dynamic expression of life by being mindful of what we eat, how we live, and how we deal with stress. Regular Ayurvedic practice can bring about these seven benefits and many more in our lives.
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