Ayurveda For Wellness – Where Do I Start?


Are you one of those people who have been longing to achieve your wellness goals the Ayurveda way? Are you contemplating visiting an Ayurveda doctor? However, when your health issues are minor such as abdominal bloating or gastric problems, you would not want to consult an expert yet.

If this is you, then read on.

Holistic medicine has long been an attractive arena for many. Before delving into Ayurveda cure and remedies, it is important to gain a basic understanding and see if Ayurveda is for you. There seems to be no dearth of resources available on the internet. However, you may find it challenging to navigate the myriad of information out there.

Take An Ayurveda Dosha Quiz

Dosha quiz is readily available in Ayurveda books as well as on the internet. It will be fantastic for those who take it for the first time to see how it could be spot on concerning your health issues. It is as if talking to someone who has known you for years.

The quiz would let you know what predominant body type you are. It also enables you to understand what are the imbalances you have at present. You would also gain insight into the focus areas related to your diet, exercise, sleep, and other lifestyle factors.

For example, as a part of healthy living, you might have started incorporating raw salad in your diet. But this could be counterproductive if you are of Vata dosha body type and maybe the reason you are having gastric issues. Similarly, if you are Kapha type, you might need intense exercise, so even if you walk for miles, it would not help to achieve your fitness goals. 

Thus, learning what suits best for you as an individual through the dosha quiz can be the first step in your Ayurveda journey.

Educate Yourself About Food Combining Rules Of Ayurveda

A brief look at the food combining rules prescribed by Ayurveda would be the right place for you to start. Initially, you might find it shocking to know that we do so many things wrong concerning how we consume food.

Ayurveda - Food Combining Rules
Milk & Banana – Wrong Combination

For example, Ayurveda does not recommend combining fruits with any other food. This means fruit milkshakes, flavoured yogurt, fruits in morning cereal are not the right way to consume food. Similarly, it is bad to combine cheese with grains and vegetables, which means even if your order your pizza loaded with veggie toppings thinking it is healthy, it is not good for your stomach. Such improper food combinations are the reason for all the digestive issues we face on a daily basis.

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Though it will initially take a certain amount of effort to make the changes, once you do, you will have a significant positive impact on your body. Once you understand the food combining rules, and knowing your dosha type, tailor your diet based on the knowledge to go further along in your path to seek a healthy living.

Learn And Practice Yoga

Ayurveda and yoga are considered sister sciences. Once you take your dosha quiz, specific poses and pranayama breathing techniques will be suggested according to your body type. This does not mean you should not practise other poses, but these are specific ones to focus on to correct imbalances in the body. You will able to understand the level of intensity, pace, and duration of practice most suitable for you eventually.

Practicing Yoga
Yoga- Sister Science of Ayurveda (Image by Couleur from Pixabay)

If you have already been practising yoga, you can try these poses suggested for your dosha to avail of the benefit. If not, you can either find a yoga studio near you or look for online/virtual classes and learn and practice yoga. Again, keep in mind that learning all the poses and pranayama techniques will not happen overnight, but it takes discipline to learn and practice yoga to your fullest potential.

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The TakeAway

Go about it diligently, and the suggestions above should help you gain the basic understanding that you wish to have and offer the reassurance that Ayurveda works for you. All of this would help you at the primary level. However, the next and best step, which is to consult an Ayurveda doctor needs further exploration to find the right one. As they say, achieving good health and wellbeing is a journey, with many pathways, we could do nothing but try!


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