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10 + 1 reasons to love Ayurveda

Updated: Dec 9, 2020

10 + 1 ok, amiért az Ájúrvédá rendszere annyira szerethető - A cikket magyarul lent találod.

Why did I fall in love with Ayurveda and choose to integrate it into my life?

Since childhood I have always been interested in healthy living, without actually knowing the exact description of my interest. I had the motive to exercise and - thanks to my mother and grandmother - to eat local, fresh and traditional, home cooked food.

As I grew up I started to be more conscious and curious to redefine and expand what I already know so I started to read books about herbs, natural healing, health food concepts, and tried all kinds of sport alternatives etc. and the deeper I dug the more questions arose:

  • Why is e.g. salt completely fine for one and can cause health issues for others?

  • Are food cravings the language of our body to express it's needs?

  • Why are we given general advice with very less differentiation when it comes to diet, sport or health even though we are so different?

  • Is over processed food digestible at all and does it really contain what our body needs regarding minerals, vitamin etc?

  • Is there such thing as too much exercise?

  • Why do we accept and prefer to pop in a pill to mask symptoms? Why do we want to not feel pain or dis-ease, the intelligent signal system of our body, rather then listening to it and fix the root cause?

  • When did we stop using the energy surrounding us for our well being?

& the list of questions goes on....

I could get some answer to the above from different diet systems' studies, books about healthy living, but real, big realisations happened when Ayurveda came into my life about 15 years ago and slowly gave the answer to all of my questions. Since then the questions didn't stop coming, but now I know where to look for the answers.

What made me choose Ayurveda to be part of my everyday life for better health, harmony and balance? Here are my 10 +1 reasons:

  1. Ayurveda has an integrative approach to living by making you understand that if your surrounding is happy, healthy and balanced then you will be too and vica versa. Why so? Ayurveda is based on energy, the flow of energy, which connects all of us from a simple rock to a human being. How does it manifest? We are all made up of 5 elements: earth, water, fire, air, ether. The only difference is the amount you have of each. Once you get to the understanding of this core concept you'll see that there is no such thing as hierarchy in existence, everyone has their unique role in it.

  2. Ayurveda makes you humble, by placing you in the solar system. When you follow and respect the guidelines of the director, the Sun, and Nature with the 5 elements in your daily routine and lifestyle, there will be harmony and you will set a good and healthy tone to your every day.

  3. Ayurveda guides you to get to know yourself better, to figure out who you are, discover your essence and know your shit too. Once you understand your Prakriti, birth dosha, the unique combination of the elements in your body, you will better understand your weaknesses and strengths so you can make the most out of your unique being without strong categorisation or putting yourself into a fixed frame.

  4. Ayurveda explains the mind-body connection in a unique way: you are not what you eat, but what you can digest! And the consumption happens not just through your mouth, but through your skin and mind too! Everything starts with digestion! Good health and immunity too. Did you know that certain stages of acidity, reflux, PCOS, other hormonal imbalances, high cholesterol, excess weight, eczema, psoriasis etc. can be cured in a relatively short time and often just by adjusting your diet and lifestyle?

  5. Ayurveda offers you a simple and easy plan to maintain & restore health in a unique, personalised way. The first step is to understand what is out of balance, your Vrikriti, (if any). The second step is to create small, maintainable changes in your diet and lifestyle to find slowly your individual balance. No rush or struggle, small changes and little dedication can take you a really long way. In case of a chroic or serious disease there are further steps too.

  6. Ayurveda digs deep and de-roots the cause/underlying condition of an illness, disease and works straight on that, which will have a ripple effect on everything else. It's not a quick fix and so definitely not the shortest way, but the results last the longest, a lifetime.

  7. Ayurveda's approach is holistic and adaptable. When it comes to identifying imbalances and setting up for re-balancing, Ayurveda is looking not just at your certain organs, but considers your whole body, your mind and your soul too. That is why beside diet, lifestyle and herbs it uses the tools of massage and yoga including asana, breathing techniques and relaxation, concentration and meditation practices. On the other hand it can be adapted to your own locality, so you don't need to e.g. cook Indian food or use Indian herbs to benefit from Ayurveda.

  8. Ayurveda respects your intelligence (your body's, mind's and soul's) and teaches you patience as it wishes you to understand rather then accept. Ayurveda is not just drinking herbal medicine, but it's part of your everyday life. It's a guide, where your uniqueness is considered, not a collection of rules regardless of your personal input. To understand you need mindfulness and patience, which will help you to slow down in this rushing world.

  9. Ayurveda doesn't want you to be perfect, we are seeking for balance not perfection. We are seeking for the understanding of your unique balanced state, which is not what you always have, but to which you can always return with the tools and understanding you learn.

  10. Ayurveda helps you to find your life purpose as once you tap into your balance you will have a better insight about what you need to do on this Earth so you can use all the gifts you are born with :o)

  11. Ayurveda is not a spiritual guide, it is the science of life! However with time, an increased interest in spirituality will come with it naturally.

How did I personally benefit from Ayurveda so far?

I know myself better regarding my strengths and weaknesses which helps me navigate life with less disappointment.

I'm much more aware of my body's & mind's functioning therefore I'm more mindful with my actions and less likely over react situations. I learned what balances my body and what pushes it out of balance including food, movement, lifestyle, mind patterns and situations.

Physically: my eye sight is back to normal, my acidity and psoriasis got healed.

I said goodbye to dry skin & hair and so to fancy hair and skin care products.

I moved from painful periods to easy periods.

I found the root cause of an ear infection which kept on coming back for 15 years.

I'm very rarely ill and when I am then I heal fast.

I wake up fresh without the need of a coffee and sleep well most of the time. I'm full with energy. I got rid of my coffee addiction without giving up on enjoying it's taste time to time again.

I know now how to manage my stress and anxiety through food, herbs, yoga and lifestyle.

I'm definitely not perfect, but I know how it is when I'm in balance.

If you feel called and wish to learn the basics of Ayurveda, our courses are available online. The details you can find here:

10 + 1 ok amiért az Ájúrvédá rendszere annyira szerethető

Miért szerettem meg az Ayurvéda rendszerét és döntöttem úgy, hogy az életem részévé teszem?

Már gyermekkoromban érdekelt az egészséges életmód, anélkül, hogy néven neveztem volna. Mindig szerettem mozogni és – anyukámnak és nagymamámnak köszönhetően – a táplálkozásom is a helyi, friss alapanyagokból főzött hazai ételeken alapult. Ahogy telt az idő, egyre tudatosabban álltam az egészséges életformához és igyekeztem újragondolni, illetve tágítani a tudásomat ebben a témában. Sok könyv fordult meg a kezem között természetes gyógymódok, gyógynövények és egészséges táplálkozás témakörben, sokféle mozgásformát kipróbáltam és minél többet olvastam, tapasztaltam annál több kérdés merült fel bennem:

  • Miért kezelik az egészséges életvezetés különböző területeit külön?

  • Hogy lehet az, hogy egyes alapanyagok, pl. a só, hasonló fogyasztás mellett egyes embereknek egészségi problémát okoznak, másoknak pedig nem?

  • Mikor nagyon kívánunk valamit, az a testünk természetes igényét jelzi bizonyos alapanyagokra?

  • A többszörösen feldolgozott termékek megemészthetőek egyáltanán? Tartalmazzák azt a tápanyagmennyiséget, amit a szervezetünk igényel?

  • Lehet a mozgást túlzásba vinni?

  • Miért fogadjuk el/szeretjük jobban azt, hogy bekapunk egy pirulát a testi jelzések, mint a fájdalom, gyulladás, elfedésére, ahelyett, hogy megfigyelnénk és értelmeznénk a jeleket, hogy megtaláljuk az okukat?

  • Miért nem használjuk a minket körülvevő energiát saját hasznunkra?

És a listát folytathatnám....

Néhány kérdésre választ kaptam különböző dietetológia írásokból, egészséges élettel foglalkozó könyvekből, viszont a nagy áttörés akkor jött, mikor az Ájúrvédá a látókörömbe került. Lassan megkaptam a választ minden kérdésemre. Kérdések azóta is merülnek fel, viszont most tudom, hogy hol keressem a választ.

Összeszedtem azt a 10 plusz 1 okot, amiért én ennyire megszerettem az Ájúrvéda rendszerét:

  1. Az Ájúrvédá integrál. Azt hangsúlyozza, hogy, ha a környezeted egészséges, boldog, kiegyensúlyozott, akkor te is az vagy és fordítva. Hogyan is? Az Ájúrvéda tudománya az energiaáramláson alapszik, ami mindannyiunkat összeköt az egyszerű kőtől az emberig. Miként? Mindent és mindenkit az öt fő elem: föld, víz, tűz, levegő, éter, alkot. Az egyetlen különbség ezeknek a mennyiségi aránya az adott létező egységben. Amint engeded ezt az alap koncepciót leülepedni megérted, hogy felsőbbrendűség nem létezik, a különbséget a Földön betöltött szerepünk adja, ezért a tisztelet mindennek és mindenkinek jár.

  2. Az Ájúrvédá alázatossá tesz. A naprendszer részeként kezel. Ha tudatosítod a saját helyedet benne és megtanulod tisztelni és követni a Nap és a természet