Everything that I had heard about food in South Asia held true – diversity, deliciousness, abundance, and health. This was exactly what I was expecting when I traveled to Sri Lanka. After getting a coach in Jaela, I took a bus to Colombo Market, the best place to get in touch with the variety of food available in town.Read more “Food in Sri Lanka, a special Chapter”
Ever since I was a small boy, I have been fascinated by the colors and flavors of food and the results of different taste combinations. My grandmother used to collect herbs from our neighbors for various purposes, which gave me a small impression of how nature is essential to daily life and health. Although it may seem logical, our modern, highly technological lifestyle makes it crucial to reconnect with nature and our own nature, and every piece of advice can help.
During my first TTC in Rishikesh, I learned the fundamentals of naturopathy and adopted healthier habits such as drinking fruit and vegetable juices in the morning, detoxing my body during the first hours of the day, and practicing Kriya techniques more frequently.
Later that year, I visited a prominent Ayurvedic hospital called Kotakal Arya Vidyasala in Kerala, where various Ayurvedic medicines, supplements, and cosmetics were manufactured. During the Yoga and Music Free Festival in Rishikesh, some of the most renowned Ayurvedic teachers and therapists had a two-hour class for two weeks, which put me in contact with many experienced individuals. I even attended private classes with two of them, Dr. JP Rathi, who introduced me to basic concepts and essential literature for future studies, and Usha Vaishanava, who helped clarify my understanding of the Tri Dosha system and introduced me to detoxification methods performed in Pancha Karma treatment.
Since incorporating Ayurvedic practices into my daily life, I have tried different treatments and strongly recommend that everyone takes some time to rest and care for their body. Doing so will significantly improve your health condition and help heal or reduce any issues while giving you better tools to deal with them. At the very least, experiencing a 10-day Panchakarma treatment or 10-day Naturopathy treatment is a must. The goal of these treatments is to restore your body and align it with your own nature, free from toxins and the habits from which they originate.
Even if you undergo a 127-day Ayurvedic treatment, there is still a lot to be done in your daily life to allow your body and mind to work more closely with your own nature. Therefore, understanding the daily and yearly routine is crucial. Nature is based on changes, and it is that impermanent state of things that makes it the richest of the entire universe. Therefore, we should not be afraid of these changes. Instead, we should embrace them and take advantage of the benefits they provide to live a healthy life.
Living every 24 hours of the day and being aware that every 3 hours belongs to a specific dosha and every season of the year also does is essential. Based on this, we can determine the best time of day to practice yoga and improve our practice, balance our doshas, and more. The question now is, how interested are you in the challenge of accepting the changes of life and adapting yourself to work in harmony with your own nature?
In my daily life, Ayurveda is experienced through my daily routine and habits, such as regularly practicing breathing techniques (pranayama), detoxifying my body with juices and fasting until Shank Prakshalana and undergoing Panchakarma treatment. Of course, my diet plays a significant role, as do my work journey and professional activities. All of these aspects are subject to change if we wish to live a more natural, balanced, and intelligent life.