What is Ayurveda?
Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. It was developed more than 5,000 years ago in India. Because of its accuracy, simplicity, and effectiveness, Ayurveda has become very popular around the world, especially in the West.
It’s based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and soul. Its main goal is to promote optimal health. Ayurvedic treatments are directed to support the body’s own natural healing ability to heal from any form of the disease.
What is optimal health? Health is not only the absence of illness. According to Ayurveda, a healthy individual has balance in all aspects of life: physical, emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual, and financial.
Your Life Energies
According to Ayurveda, which in Sanskrit means, the Science of Life, everything in the universe is connected. If your mind, body, and spirit are in harmony, and if you are aligned with nature, you will have optimal mental and physical health. When the balance in this connection gets disturbed, you experience illness. What can disturb this balance? Many things: mental and emotional states, age, climate changes, birth defects, and injuries.
Ayurveda believes that everything in the universe is made out of 5 basic elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth.
These combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called doshas. They manage how your body works. There are 3 doshas: Vata (space and air); Pitta (fire and water); and Kapha (water and earth).
Everyone has a unique mix of the three doshas. But one is usually stronger than the others. Each one controls a different body function. Your health is linked to the balance of your doshas.
The king of doshas according to the ancient Ayurvedic text Caraka Samhita. It is the most powerful of all three doshas. It controls the nervous system and the basic body functions, such as cell division. It also controls your mind, breathing, blood flow, heart function, and the ability to get rid of waste through your intestines. It basically governs all movement in the body. Things that can disrupt it are fear, anxiety, grief, overexerting, staying up late at night, extreme fasting, eating too often, and lack of sleep hygiene.
If you have a lot of Vata in your constitution is very important to keep it in balance to prevent conditions like anxiety, asthma, pains, ticks, mental illness, heart, intestinal problems, skin issues, etc.
Pitta controls your digestion, metabolism, and hormonal system. To keep Pitta balanced, keep your anger, irritability, and frustration levels in check. Do not forget that patience is a virtue. Avoid eating sour or spicy foods, overexerting, and spending too much time in a lot of heat or under the sun.
Things that can disrupt it are eating sour or spicy foods and spending too much time in the sun.
If you are a person with a high Pitta you are more likely to develop conditions like Crohn’s disease, heart disease, gastritis, ulcers, high blood pressure, skin conditions, hormonal and menstrual disbalances, infections, etc.
This dosha governs muscle growth, body strength, stability, weight, and immunity. It gets disrupted when you repress your emotions, sadness, depression, lack of motivation, greed, and resentment. Sleeping during the day, overeating, eating without being hungry, eating too many sugary foods and drinks, and lack of exercise also brings Kapha out of balance. If you have a high Kapha may develop asthma, breathing disorders, sinuses issues, congestion, cancer, diabetes, obesity, nausea, oedema, depression, etc.
The Fire of Life
Another vital concept in Ayurveda is Agni. Agni is the digestive or metabolic fire in our body. It is the intelligence within each cell, each tissue, and every system within the body, including the mind. When Agni stops functioning, death soon follows.
Agni is responsible for a vast range of functions in the body. It also teaches us that an impaired Agni is the main cause of physical and mental disease. Unresolved emotions, a poor diet, and a lifestyle hinder the working of Agni.
There are signs that show that our Agni is not working well:
- Emotional disturbances – fear, anxiety, anger, confusion, lethargy, or depression.
- Low energy, weakness, or fatigue
- Suppressed or over-active appetite
- Indigestion: gas, bloating, constipation, nausea, hyperacidity, loose stools, a sense of heaviness, feeling tired or mentally foggy after meals
- A tendency toward congestion in the sinuses, the lymph, and even the mind
When do we know we have a healthy Agni?
- We love and trust life. We are optimistic and cheerful
- We feel strong, brave, vital, and energetic
- Calm mind, clear perception, mental sharpness, and creativity
- Good immunity
- Normal appetite (you eat only when you are hungry and don’t eat too much)
- Clean pink tongue (no white coating, no redness)
- Good digestion, balanced metabolism
- Regular elimination
- Steady weight
- Normal blood pressure
- Sound sleep
Luckily Ayurveda knows how to bring Agni back in balance to regain immunity, vitality, and energy.
The Ayurvedic Treatment
Do you have health issues or want to keep yourself in balance? An Ayurvedic practitioner will create a treatment plan specifically designed for you. The Ayurvedic Practitioner takes into account your unique physical and emotional makeup. During a consultation, the Ayurvedic practitioner analyses your constitution finds out where the to unbalance is, and gives you a treatment plan to recover balance so you can feel healthy and happy again.
The goal of treatment is to cleanse your body and mind of toxins that have stayed with you creating illness. The Ayurvedic Practitioner relies on many tools that Ayurveda has to bring you back to health and harmony such as nutrition, lifestyle advice, herbal medicine, massage therapy, and specific treatments for specific ailments.
How long does the treatment last? It all depends on the ailment and on the dedication of the patient to apply Ayurvedic principles into their lifes.
To help you follow through the Ayurvedic treament, I highly advice to start with an Ayurvedic coaching package of 6 to 12 sessions, including treatments and Yoga. With these Ayurvedic coaching packages we go deeper into your personal situation, your routines, mental and emotional states, nutrition, work, family life and exercise routines. During the coaching sessions I teach you all you need to know about how to bring balance back into your life. You also get to experience the workings of the Ayurvedic treatments and the healing effects of therapeutic Yoga. I guide you to make the necessary changes step by step so you can achieve the health goals in your treatment plan. Another positive aspect of chosing an Ayurvedic coaching package is that it’s cheaper than getting lose consultations or treatments.
Yoga as a part of the Ayurvedic treatment
Since Yoga is a sister science of Ayurveda, they work together for the best results and I am not only talking about the Yoga poses known as asanas, but about diverse breathing and meditation techniques to bring the mind and body to a peaceful and powerful place.
An Ayurvedic Practitioner gives advice on the best Yoga practices you can do according to your constitution, personal needs, and health issues. Not all Yoga practices are healthy for everybody.
There is plenty of evidence that supports what Yoga practitioners seem to have known for millennia: Yoga is incredibly beneficial to our overall well-being:
- Improves the Body/Mind Connection
- Helps in Weight Management
- Good for your Mental Health
- Boosts Immune System Functionality
- Strengthens and Tones Muscles and Bones
- Improves Cardio, Respiratory, and Circulatory Health
- Fights Inflammation
What does Ayurveda treat?
Ayurveda treats a big range of health issues and offers extensive therapies and remedies for the young, old, sick, healthy, and everyone in between.
- Asthma and other Respiratory Issues
- Digestive problems
- Skin Disorders and Allergies
- High Blood Pressure
- Rheumatoid Arthritis and Arthrosis
- Stress, Anxiety, Hyperactivity, Sleeping problems, and Depression
- Obesity, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, and oedema
- Geriatric Conditions (Osteoporosis, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc)
- Eye, Nose, and Ear problems
- Pain, Headache, and Migraine
- Fertility, Pregnancy, and Post-partum
Ayurvedic Intake Consultation : 120 euro (1,5 hours) – Also available online
Following consultations : 75 euro (1 hour) – Also available online
6 Ayurvedic coaching package: 420 euro
10 Ayurvedic coaching package: 650 euro