I’m Lucie Fink and this is 5-days of Ayurveda.
Welcome back to another 5-day challenge.
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My yoga teacher once mentioned Ayurveda in class a few months ago and I really wanted
to learn more about it so over the summer when I was in LA I picked up a book at a yoga
shop and it was this book right here called “The Idiot’s Guides to Ayurveda”.
Little did I know and this is one of those instances where I think the universe sometimes
just works in mysterious ways.
But the author of this book Sahara Rose is actually the same person whose podcast I’ve
been listening to for the past few months.
Some might call that a coincidence but I say that the universe really, really wants me
to connect with and learn from this girl.
Yoga is a spiritual practice the word yoga means to yoke to become one with universal
Where is Ayurveda is the predecessor and it says okay how are you going to be enlighten
when your digestive system is hurting and your back hurts
and your anxious and you have all of these issues in the body and in the mind.
So, yoga is really a spiritual practice and Ayurveda is the practice of the body and mind.
Okay starting with the basics for people out there who have never even heard the word Ayurveda
before let me break it down for you.
Ayur is the Samskrita word for life and veda means science or knowledge so the word Ayurveda
literally means the science of life.
And that is exactly was Ayurveda is, it’s a 5000-year-old medical system
from ancient India that explores the science of healing and the longevity of life.
You might be sitting there thinking, this topic sounds kind of mystical maybe a little nebulous.
Trust me when I first brought this up with my family a few months ago, they thought I
was talking about horoscopes or astrology or something like that.
But Ayurveda is not magic. It’s not mysticism. It’s a science and it’s actually very interesting.
Ayurveda is a sister science of yoga so while the real purpose of yoga is to achieve real
The purpose of practicing Ayurveda is to achieve health,
and the idea is that unless you have your health in order there’s no chance that you’re
gonna to get to that state of experiencing spiritual enlightenment.
So, let’s dive into it— so according to Ayurveda there are 5 natural elements found on earth:
fire, water, earth, air, and aether or space.
These elements come together inside of our bodies in unique combinations that form the
3 doshas or 3 different kind of energies.
vata, pitta and kapha.
I’ll let Sahara explain it a little further.
People who are high in vata they have airy personalities,
they’re creative, eccentric, they think outside the box.
But sometimes that air can turn into a tornado and they can get anxious and could have trouble sleeping.
In the body if you have a lot of air in your stomach you feel boated, gassy, constipated—
you may have cold hands or cold feet or dry skin.
Pitta is the fiery dosha people who have fiery personalities they are goal orientated, ambitious,
hardworking, structured, organized, routine.
But, when someone cramps their style they get angry and frustrated, irritated when people
aren’t moving as fast as them they literally can’t deal.
Your stomach is called an agni which means your internal fire, so if you have too much
fire it’s going to start moving up and you experience heart burn.
So you feel acidic you may have ance because that’s heat trying to leave your body, rashes,
rosacea really sensitive skin.
Kapha in the mind, you are an earth mama you’re grounded, you’re calm you are connected
to the natural cycles.
You give give give and you have that motherly energy,
but often times you put other people in front of yourself.
But over time that can make you feel resentful and stuck in the past and unable to make change
and in the body, it’s going to reflect that.
So you’re going to feel heavy, lethargic, stuck weight gain, especially the lower body
the hips and thighs.
So we all have a little bit of each dosha in us, but it’s helpful to understand which dosha
is our dominate dosha.
And if you can’t already tell which is you’re dominate dosha based on the descriptions there’s
a 15-minute quiz on Sahara’s website eatfeelfresh.com.
I’ve taken this quiz many times and my results show that I’m primarily a vata and a little
bit of pitta and less kapha energy inside of me and I do truly exhibit most of the characteristics
of a classic vata person.
But I do need to make sure to add some of that kapha grounding energy into my life,
otherwise I can become too vata, I can become too restless and my hands
and feet are always freezing.
So, step one for you if you go any further into exploring Ayurveda take the quiz and
find out what your dosha is.
Ayurveda doesn’t see the day as a 24-hour period, with 12 hours in the morning and 12
hours in the evening.
Instead it divides the 24-hour day into six four-hour time chucks and each of these four-hour
time blocks corresponds to one of the doshas.
You’re able to figure out exactly what you should be doing and what you should be eating
according to what dosha it is at that time of day.
So I spent Tuesday living out a full day according to the Ayurveda clock.
First and foremost, Ayurveda recommends waking up at 6 am and rising as the sun is rising.
In this first chuck from 6-10am is kapha time as we learned about the kapha dosha it is
very grounded and peaceful and that is exactly what this time of day should feel like.
Start your day slowly, meditate, eat a very nourishing meal, it’s all about self-care.
From 10am to 2pm we are now entering pitta time, now remember pitta is all about fire and energy
so this is the time of day when you’re supposedto get your most difficult tasks done.
This time of the day is when the sun is the highest in the sky which according to Ayurveda
means our digestive systems are the most powerful.
So apparently lunch should be your biggest meal of the day.
2pm to 6pm is vata time, this is my time to shine—our nervous systems are the most active
in this time zone so this is when we should be tapping into our creativity.
Writing, drawing, painting, designing, you name it.
6 to 10pm we’re back in another kapha time zone and now remember 6 to 10am was also kapha
and it was all about slowly winding up for the day—
6 to 10pm is all about winding down for the day.
After eating dinner on the early side it’s time for us to start powering down and turning
off our technology do a face mask, practice all the self-care in the world.
And get your body ready to sleep.
So yes according to Ayurveda you should be asleep by 10pm but if your anything like me and you’re
a bit of a night owl sometimes you can stay up past what I like to call your tired window
and when I pass that window I get this second burst of energy.
That’s because from 10pm to 2am you’re entering pitta time and just like that first
pitta time zone from 10am to 2pm this is another burst of energy and alertness.
Think about the late nights you might’ve spent on a paper or an assignment for school.
It’s also no coincidence that bars and clubs are often open from 10am to 2am because it’s
right in that pitta time zone where people are really energetic and wanna go out.
And then at 2am we enter another vata time zone so just like the first vata time zone
this is a very powerful and creative time.
Most people are actually asleep from 2am to 6am which means makes sense because when we’re
sleeping we’re actually dreaming and we’re in a very creative state.
But if you happen to be awake think of the artist that stays awake splashing paint on the canvas
or the yogis that wake up super early to meditate in this time zone because 2 to 6am is a real
creative time when we’re tapped in to our imagination and our spiritual sides.
Of course we all have different lives we have different schedules no one is going to be able to follow
the Ayurvedic clock perfectly, but if you try to incorporate some of these
philosophies into your everyday
life you might see improvement in your quality of your sleep, your digestive system
and also your overall energy levels.
Food and digestive are two of the major pieces of the Ayurvedic puzzle.
There are certain types of foods that your told either to eat or to avoid based on your
dosha to make sure that your dosha is balanced.
For example, when my vata is out of balanced and I’m feeling especially cold or I’m
experiencing insomnia I found some vata pacifying recipes to help
ground me and I actually made one of these recipes on Wednesday’s.
A homemade butternut-squash soup a major cornerstone of Ayurveda
is the idea that food is medicine.
So instead of eating whatever you want now, and taking medicine later to fix diseases
Ayurveda sees the food on your plate everyday as your daily prescription.
Ayurveda looks as your digestive system as a fire that is burning inside you and you
want to keep this fire burning inside you burning brightly because when it’s like that
your digestive system is working properly.
But when that digestive fire is either to weak or too strong it can manifest in various
ways through out the body.
And yes this is a physical reference to hot and cold foods so warmer cooked foods can
heat up that digestive fire, whereas cold and raw foods weaken or can literally put out
your digestive fire.
Vata’s like me tend to have irregular digestive so Ayurveda wants them to eat warming cooked
foods to heat up that digestive fire.
Pittas have sharp and fiery digestive so they should favor cooling and cleansing ingredients.
Kapha’s often have dull digestive fires they should enjoy vibrant and well spiced meals.
You can eat tridoshically which means it balanced all three doshas,
I lived with two Ayurvedic doctors for two years in India and we all like the same food regardless of
what our dosha is.
You just have to take out the foods that would imbalance a certain dosha.
I stay focused on the tastes, make sure your eating the 6 tastes of Ayurveda:
Sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent.
Thursday for me was all about exploring some classic Ayurvedic rituals and also following
a schedule that Sahara suggested.
I woke up at 6am I sat right here in my bed and I stretched gently and I gave myself sometime
to just think about my dreams, think about what I’m grateful for.
Then I went into the bathroom. I splashed myself with water.I brushed my teeth.
I tried the Ayurvedic practice of tongue scraping, according to Ayurveda the white coating that
you see on your tongue in the morning is toxicity that has built up there overnight.
In a Refinery29 article a dentist shares that bacteria on your tongue can cause plaque buildup,
resulting in tooth decay and gum disease.
The amazing thing is you are able to see what doshas are out of balance by looking at your tongue.
Your noticing your having some cracks on your tongue that’s a vata imbalance.
So if you’re noticing you have a red tip on your tongue that’s a pitta imbalance.
If you’re noticing your tongue is really, really coated in white that’s a that’s
a kapha imbalance.
After scraping my tongue I did some oil pulling which is something I myself did
a bunch in the past year.
Oil pulling is basically Ayurvedic mouth wash and while I typically use coconut oil which
is very cooling and great for pittas, I switched over to sesame oil which is warming and great for vatas.
While swishing the oil in my mouth I boiled some water for a hot tea and made myself a
loaded avacdo toast breakfast.
I spent the day relaxing and reading and then at night I practiced some Ayurvedic nightly
rituals, I turned off my phone nice and early, I lit some candles so I could turn my
actual lights down and then I dried brushed my skin.
And lastly I tried a self-oil massage practice called ‘Abhyanga’ I used sesame oil again
since it’s warming a great for vata’s.
I heated it up over the stove and then once again between my hands
before I rubbed it between into my skin in long stroke towards my heart.
When I was first learning about Ayurveda and it’s various practices and rituals I myself have realized that I myself
have been practicing Ayurveda in various forms for years now such as, using a Nettie pot,
mediating, drinking ginger tea, or practicing breathing exercises.
You might see too that you too have been practicing Ayurveda all along.
I’ve now given you a ton of information but there’s one more system that I want
to touch on before wrapping this up.
The chakra system these are seven energy systems in our bodies that according to ancient Ayurvedic
wisdom are each associated with a different function.
Your root charka at the base of your spine is in charge of security and stability, your
sacral chakra just below your naval is your source of sensual and creativity,
your solar plexus holds your sense of self – it’s your identity and your personality.
The heart chakra is all about love and the ability to give it and receive it.
The throat chakra is your voice box and it allows you to communicate your message,
your third eye is related to intuition and
lastly your crown chakra is in charge of learning and connecting to the universe on a higher
If any of these energy centers are blocked up you might be feeling some physical manifestations
with that, for example you might feel cut off from your emotions
if your sacral chakra is out of balanced, or you can feel low self-esteem if your solar
plexus is depleted and you can do certain things to help rebalance these charkas such
as, reciting mantras to rebalance your throat chakra.
Or spending more time outdoors to balance your root chakra there are tons of books out
there about the chakra’s and if you feel called to do so I highly recommend you go
and pick it up and read further.
I know this episode was jammed packed but for me it was a week filled with some of the happiest
and most relaxing activities in the whole world. Now that I’ve successfully practiced Ayurveda
for 5 days on Friday I got back into the yoga studio and started flowing again.
This video just starches the surface of Ayurveda and I’m gonna be honest I read this entire
book cover to cover, so I know there are so so much deeper we ca go here and if you’re
interested in learning more I highly recommend you go and pick up Sahara’s book the ‘Idiots Guide to Ayurveda’.
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