Ayurveda is a great way to improve your inner health. Seeing it as a game will help you to stay focused on your goals. Are you already playing the Ayurveda game? I suddenly realized that I could already handle the rules, but I did not yet apply them structurally.
If you will change something in your life in a good way, you have to practice. For example; you want to keep your fitness up to date. You have to practice every day to maintain the result. This also applies to Ayurveda. If you want to play this game, you have to practice every day. After some time, the rules become a habit in your lifestyle.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy while realizing their full human potential.
The Ayurveda Game ‘The Science or art of life’
Possibilities for balancing:
- Add more routine
- Eat and sleep regularly
- Use steam baths to clean your body
- Do not smoke
- Choose for proper nutrition
- Avoid loud sounds
- Avoid sugar
- Avoid alcohol
- Avoid drug use
- Avoid cold drinks and dishes
- Prevent stress
- Prevent time pressure
- Prevent uncooked food
- Avoid cold and windy weather
Create a healthy space to live in. And there is more. The three Doshas. Everyone has them all three, but one or two of them really dominate. You can link me to Kapha and Vata. The breath is our most important guide and walking barefoot helps if you feeling ungrounded.
Energize Kapha: Experience Light, Space, and Air
Kapha governs the structure of the body. It is the principle that holds the cells together and forms the muscle, fat, bone, and sinew. The primary function of Kapha is protection.”
According to Ayurveda, it’s important to eat foods that have a balancing effect on the dominant dosha or that will pacify (stabilize) a dosha that has become excessive or aggravated. Because Kapha is heavy, oily, and cold, favor foods that are light, dry, or warm. Foods with pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes are most beneficial for pacifying Kapha. Reduce foods with sweet, sour, and salty tastes.
If you have excessive Kapha and feel dull and lethargic, seek out the invigorating elements of space and air. Your most intimate experience with air is the breath, which connects your individual self with your extended body—the environment.
Take a brisk walk or go for a run either in a park or somewhere in nature. Inhale the life force of the plants with your full attention; imagine the air entering your lungs, flowing to your heart, and fueling the millions of life processes taking place every second without your conscious attention.
The most direct way to experience space is to focus on the sky, allowing the vastness of the heavens to expand your mind. At night, go outside and gaze at the stars. Feel the unbounded expanse of the universe. You are an individualized expression of this infinite field—one wave in the vast, unending ocean of all possibilities.
Whether you enjoy hiking in the mountains or strolling in a garden, spend some time each day in nature and create the space for pure joy to rise to the surface of your experience.
Cool Pitta: Connect With the Water Element
When you have excess Pitta dosha and feel overheated and irritable, walk slowly along a natural body of water to help with deep healing. Allow the water’s cooling influence to calm and soothe you.
If you don’t live near the ocean or a lake, take a walk where there is lush vegetation or simply lie down in the grass in your backyard or in a park. The color of green plants, blue sky, and rich earth are wonderfully pacifying for Pitta types.
Balance Vata: The Earth Beneath Your Feet
If you’re feeling ungrounded and your mind is racing—clear signs of excessive Vata air and wind—seek out the stability of earth. Walk barefoot on the earth or grass for a few minutes every day. Put your attention on your feet and set the intention to absorb nourishment from the earth.
To balance the cold nature of Vata, spend a little time in the sun, allowing its light and warmth to permeate you. Reflect on the energy-giving force of the sun, the source of all life on earth.
Ayurvedic food schedule:
06.00 – 10.00 hrs| Kapha Time Cereal porridge
10.00 – 14.00 hrs| Pitta Time Light lunch
14.00 – 18.00 hrs| Vata Time Fruit and dinner
18.00 – 22.00 hrs| Kapha Time Fruit and something easily digestible
Source: Diary of Joyce & chopra.com