Ay-ur-ve-da: The Science of Life आयुर्वेद
Ayurveda is a traditional healing system & wisdom science originating in India. Ayurveda is a medical system still alive and flourishing today. This living body of knowledge uses many different methods of healing; food as medicine, lifestyle changes, yoga, meditation, herbs and bodywork. It seeks to help you develop a relationship with the natural world around you as well as within you. It teaches you to live in harmony; a balanced state for your mind, body and spirit where all aspects of your being are accounted and cared for.
Food is medicine
Ayurveda teaches us to eat the right food for your individual constitution, use your kitchen as a medicine cabinet, and understand the art of digestion. It is becoming increasingly difficult to deny the impact of food on your mental health. Learn more about this connection through ancient wisdom.
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Modern hypothesis & ancient wisdom
It is difficult to deny that we are living during times when stress is an epidemic. The busy-ness of our modern lifestyles are difficult to maintain and lead to issues like societal isolation, lack of family structure, reliance on technology, poor food options and overall fatigue. Stress is a natural reaction to living in this state. However, when the cycle of stress becomes chronic rather an acute, we find ourselves living and functioning from a place of survival. We rely on fight-flight-freeze to move through our days. We tax our hormonal bodies and digestive systems to be able to function. I believe women are most affected by these difficulties. Studies show that women are twice as likely as men to develop major depression, and a large majority are on a form of psychiatric medication like antidepressants. We then end up with diagnoses like irritable bowel syndrome, thyroid issues, adrenal fatigue, anxiety, depression, leaky gut, hormonal imbalance, and ptsd.
If we can reestablish safety in our bodies and minds with self-care practices, will we see these rates of disorder decrease? Can we change this cycle of stress by increasing our self-care? How can we change our relationship to stress to better serve ourselves and our close relationships? What would it feel like to manage our energy well?
Ayurveda is a beautiful system which teaches us the importance of self-care for preventative measures. It teaches us about our individual constitution so we can better understand our states of balance and imbalance. We can look for warning signals for when we are shifting out of balance, and how to bring ourselves back with diet, lifestyle and herbal remedies.
Our health is an ecosystem of multiple factors: nutrition, rest, relationships, stress and environment. Finding patterns in these areas helps us develop individualized approaches to healing. It can often be much simpler than we believe.
Today's research shows that adjustments such as following circadian rhythm, proper nutrition, adequate rest and management of time results in us feel healthier and happier. These are some of the practices Ayurveda has been championing for thousands of years. If we continue to listen to this Wisdom Science, I believe it will teach us more about ourselves and how to live more conscious, aware and healthful lives.
Anjali Deva is an NAMA-certified Ayurvedic practitioner and Director of Culture at La Maida Institute & Hope Integrative Psychiatry. She has been greatly fortunate to have been introduced to Ayurveda and Yoga at a young age by her father, Arun Deva. Her familial lineage is rich with the desire to preserve and maintain this healing art. She has since gone on to train with Kerala Ayurveda Academy, Loyola Marymount’s Yoga and the Healing Sciences Program, and with teachers both in the United States and in India. Her journey began in the kitchen with a desire to understand how the food we eat influences our bodies and minds. This passion has now grown to include helping people find their inner wisdom, clarity and health through the wisdom of Ayurveda. Through self-care practices she hopes to help people find their inner harmony and resilience.
She works with a team at Hope Integrative Psychiatry that understands the importance of whole well-being and understands that the rise in mental health diagnoses is in reaction to a society that is needing healing. Working closely with psychiatrist, Dr. Omid Naim, has helped Anjali to practice Ayurveda in a comprehensive and integrative manner tailoring to current day needs.
WORK WITH ME
In an initial consultation, we will:
- Go through your history to determine your areas of Doshic or constitutional balance and imbalance
- Discover your unique constitution & how you adapt to maintain a state of health
- Create a plan implementing different tools to help build up your strengths and overcome the areas of weakness. These tools may include changing diet, yoga, meditation, lifestyle factors, and breathing practices.
- Working together for a period of time may mean weekly meetings, creating yoga practices, receiving panchakarma treatment, or simply making dietary changes.
Any changes we make are at a pace that is mutually agreed upon. I believe that you have an innate capacity to heal, and I am a participant in your healing journey.
Contact Anjali for information about initial consultations, wellness coaching packages, panchakarma work, classes and events.
Areas of help: digestive discomfort, IBS, constipation, heartburn, stress, fatigue, women's health, hormonal imbalance, anxiety, depression, physical discomfort and personal growth.