Tips for a modern, urban lifestyle
The idea behind cooking seasonally ayurvedically is by bringing in opposite qualities of what the current season is outside. Let's break this down.
Eat warming, light, dry foods to combat the heavy, wet, cold qualities outside
Examples: spicy soups, ginger, turmeric, fresh berries, seasonal greens, asparagus
Examples: cilantro, cucumber, avocado, melon, zucchini, coconut oil
Examples: olive oil, ghee, dates, sesame seeds, oats, vegetable curry
Examples: soups, stews, beans, cooked fruits, cinnamon, cumin
Move for your Dosha
What is a dosha? In Ayurveda, one of the fundamental principles is that everything in the universe is comprised of the 5 elements: fire, air, water, earth, and space. According to ancient texts, we are also made up of fragments of these elements. Thus, causing everything within us to be connected as well as everything around us.
From a basic understanding, these elements combine to form a combination within our body, soul, and consciousness to create our dosha. Throughout the universe, beings are said to have one of three of the common doshas based on the elements within them. Those that dive deeper into Ayurveda will come to understand that there are various combinations of doshas that an individual can have based on unique general makeup. However, all beings fall into one of the 3 doshas; Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Once you figure out which dosha you are, you can then MOVE your dosha physically every day. Ayurveda states that through physical exercise, "one gets lightness, a capacity for work, firmness, tolerance of difficulties, elimination of impurities, and stimulation of digestion."
Opt for grounding exercises like restorative yoga, biking, dancing and walking.
Unsure about which dosha is most dominant for you? Take a quiz to discover yours!
Mindfulness is extremely important in all things ayurveda and it's something that can easily be incorporated into our busy days. A few tips to live more mindfully:
Eat In Peace:
Phone down, no screens, chew your food 20-25 times before swallowing. Take in all the flavors and enjoy!
Abhyanga (oleation massage):
Deep breathing has been said to decrease stress, relieve pain, improve digestion, increase energy and more. Deep breathing can be done any time of the day. In the morning, on your lunch break or before bed are great down times in the day to practice. Try alternate nostril breathing for overall well being! We suggest following this education video on alternate nostril breathing byChopra:
Be In Nature Everyday. This is an easy task that can be done every day to bring ayurvedic practices into your day to day. You’ll never regret taking a walk each day even if it’s just for 10 minutes. Step outside to clear your head and breathe the fresh air.
Ayurveda can be included in your day to day in many small and large ways . It can be practiced in forms of wellness, meditation, receiving services, and more. There is no wrong way to practice Ayurveda, and you are welcome to start your Ayurvedic journey at any time. Connect to yourself through connecting through the world of Ayurveda.