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The practiced holistic system of Ayurveda has been traced back from 2,000 to 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga, looks at the human body as a whole system affected by seasonality and environment. Ayurveda can be translated as the "science of life". Ayur, or "life", is made up of 4 parts; the physical body, the mind, the soul, and the senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste). Ayurveda sees the physical body as both a cause and affect energy state of mind, emotional health and spirit.
Baptiste Yoga uses 5 pillars in our yoga practice; drishti, ujjayi, bandhas, tapas, and vinyasa. In Ayurveda, you could consider our daily habits, Dinacharya, as one of the pillars of Ayurveda.
To look at our habits as the foundation is a more digestible and practical way to understand and begin to use Ayurveda in your life right now. Ayurveda, helps us to understand it is a priority to live in tune with nature, the seasons and to connect to the circadian rhythms, the energies of the day. Ayurveda's focus is on prevention, through daily lifestyle practices such as self-massage, meditation, yoga, and dietary changes. When we are out of alignment with nature is what causes imbalances in the body. Every day we need to take actions to keep the delicate union in our mind/body/spirit and work to prevent any imbalance which can lead to bigger problems later on in life. Our habits become our way of living. Our way of living becomes our new way of being. Our new way of being gives us life or pulls energy from us. What kind of life do you want to lead?
I am professionally trained as an Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor to focus on preventive healthcare as well as heath promotion with a specific focus on diet and lifestyle through traditional Ayurvedic medical science principles and practices.
Practicing Ayurveda daily keeps me on a path of well-being. Ayurveda places great emphasis on prevention and encourages the maintenance of health through close attention to balance in one's life, right thinking, diet, lifestyle and the use of herbs and pleasing the senses for longevity.
"Learning about Ayurveda with Natasha has been so much fun! She is patient, approachable and open. She has helped me get started on my journey of Ayurveda in some small but really impactful ways. She meets me where I am, reminding me to check in with myself and listen to what is needed moment to moment. Natasha has brought me back to some things I did years ago while also introducing me to new ideas. I love getting back to cooking small manageable meals, the date milkshake is the yummiest pre bed treat! If you have not reached out to Natasha yet I would highly recommend you do so. With Natasha’s guidance, Ayurvedic practices feel like an natural addition to my yoga and sutras practices. Thank you Natasha."
- Sally Mohr, Yoga Teacher
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