The quest for health, wellness, balance
“sama dosha sama agnischa sama dhatu mala kriyaaha|
Prasanna atma indriya manaha swastha iti abhidheeyate” – Sushruta Samhita
How do you define health?
It seems that the answer to that question is, often, the absence of disease. I think we can do better.
According to Ayurveda, one is in perfect health when the three doshas, digestive fire (digestion, assimilation and metabolism), all the bodily tissues & components (the entire physical body), and all the excretory functions (the physiological functions of urination and defecation) are in perfect order with a pleasantly disposed and contented mind, senses, and spirit.
This more comprehensive view of health is realized through taking into account a person’s constitution, age, environment, and location, rather than through a set of prescriptive ‘shoulds’ and ‘don’ts’. By utilizing seemingly simple changes in diet and lifestyle, bringing alignment with nature and themselves, balance and vitality are achieved.
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medicinal system and perhaps the first system of personalized medicine and system of living that is as applicable now as it was thousands of years ago.
Where do we find balance?
Breathing, mediation, movement, cooking.
These are more than trendy headlines, they’re ways to restore our health and grow our vitality. These powerful tools can transforms lives.
During my early adult years, caught in a corporate career that I never really wanted and living a pretty unhealthy lifestyle, I found myself wanting more. I started to find balance and vitality first through cooking and joining a farm in Texas. From there, yoga, breathing, and Ayurveda were natural additions.