It's easy to forget that we are all perfect in our own design. Sometimes we muck it up with habits and choices that do not serve us.
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Ayurveda is the science of balance. The focus on symptoms or particular illnesses circulating at any given time is not the primary focus of Ayurveda. It is certainly concerned with these, but rather it addresses the core of health, that which allows illness to take place in the first place – imbalance. Ayurveda encourages daily, life-long attention to maintaining balance. When our body is in balance, when our doshas are in balance, we naturally respond in the most powerful way to our environment, whether it be stressful situations, environmental pollution, or pathogens. Ayurveda talks of the “seed and land theory” – if the land is fertile the seed will grow. If the body is out of balance, stress, or pathogens will have a place to take root.
How is balance achieved?
First, digestion. The best place to start is with digestion. Strong digestion is the underlying foundation for good health and strong immunity. Try our Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus). This traditional formula, thousands of years old, is a daily detoxifier and rejuvenator for the colon. It supports the assimilation of nutrients and thus helps make all other herbals you may be taking more effective.
Second, understand your current state of balance. Take the dosha quiz. Answer it according to your most recent experiences known as Vikriti, your current state of balance. Based on your results, follow our Ayurvedic dietary and herbal recommendations to maintain or bring yourself back into balance. If you have learned self pulse diagnosis, practice it daily. This simple technique gives one profound insight into the state of the body. Want to learn more about Maharishi Self Pulse Diagnosis, I recommend taking the Maharishi International University (MIU) Pulse Diagnosis online course. MIU, also founded by the founder of vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda, specializes in Ayurveda having a fully accredited Ayurveda track from undergraduate through the Masters and Doctoral level. If you want to be immersed in the knowledge of Ayurveda, or even become a professional practitioner helping others, MIU is the place to start. I also recommend the MIU Intro to Ayurveda online course.
Third, be self-referral in nature. Ayurveda recognizes the unique makeup of each individual. Each of us has a truly unique dosha combination. Some Pitta dominant, some Vata, and others Kapha, but it actually goes much, much deeper than this. For example, you may be Pitta dominant emotionally, but your digestion may be Vata dominant. So you may have to avoid pressure situations to keep your Pitta heart soothed, but also avoid raw foods and spicy foods to keep both your emotions and digestion in balance. How do we know what direction to go? Learn the food and habits right for your dominant dosha (Vata, Pitta, or Kapha) or doshas and then pay attention to the results of your different behaviors and diet. Let your body, mind, and heart guide you.
Balance is essential to good health and strong immunity, so with a little attention over time we can be our own best medicine.
Wishing you great health, longevity, happiness, and prosperity,
CEO, vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda
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