How to balance your mind, body and soul with Ayrveda

Ayurveda Healthy Living

After experiencing a 21-day Panchakarma Healing, I am not an expert like Dr Sujatha or Dr Remil at the Amtra Siddhi Ayurveda healing centre. All I can tell you is I highly recommend you finding out what your body type is and following a diet plan.

The three body types are:

Vata = Air and Space
Pitta = Fire and Water
Kapha = Earth and Water

Each of us has a very different body composition and digestive needs.

Basically, the thinking is, if you don’t follow your body type or listen to the signs in your body where you are becoming out of balance, you will become poorly.

Here is a simple overview of the three body types do’s and don’ts.

“If your body and mind were a hand-written story, then vata is the ink, pitta is the pen, and kapha is the paper.  Each one is vital.” – Kaitlin Lacey

VATA

“Spirit Symbol”: Air

Common Traits: Dry, Light, Cold

Work Type: Type A

Comforting Foods: Astringent, Bitter

Balanced When: Clear Perspective, Creative, Artisitc

Imbalanced When: Anxious, Spacey, Moody, Insomnia, Stiff Muscles, Constipation

Triggers for Imbalance: Not being true to oneself, Eating on the run, Spreading self too thin

PITTA

“Spirit Symbol”: Fire

Common Traits: Oily, Hot, Light

Work Type: Mostly Type A

Comforting Foods: Sour, Pungent

Balanced When: Discernment, Sharp Memory, Joyful

Imbalanced When: Judgemental, Angry, Controlling, Inflammation / Breakouts, Hot Flashes, Skin Rashes, Diarrhea

Triggers for Imbalance: Overworking, Eating while angry, Overheating activity (workouts)

KAPHA

“Spirit Symbol”: Earth

Common Traits: Heavy, Slow, Cold

Work Type: Type B

Comforting Foods: Sweet, Salty

Balanced When: Gentle, Emotionally in-tune, Strong endurance

Imbalanced When: Fearful of letting go, Set in ways, Depression, Obesity, Congestion, Excessive sleep, Irregular bowel

Triggers for Imbalance: Sedentary lifestyle, Emotional Eating, Storing of Emotions

Vata Balancing Dietary Advice

AVOID

-Generally: – Cold, raw and dry foods, carbonated or cold drinks
-Spicy, pungent, overly bitter or astringent tastes
-All sour and unripe fruits
-White sugar and yeast
-Skipping meals, late nights, excessive stimulation

INTRODUCE

-Rhythm to your life (waking and sleeping times, rest periods)
-Meditation, Tai Chi or Yoga
-Regular meal times: more frequent meals, less amount
-Watch and control mental tendencies of worry and fear
-Daily self-massage with oil (cold climate use sesame oil, hot climate coconut oil)
-Soothing calming music

Vata Balancing Foods

Grains

Rice (including wild rice, quinoa, oats wheat)

Pules

Mung beans, mung dahl

Vegetables

Squash, beetroot, carrots, coriander, parsnip, peas, cucumber, leeks, okra, pumpkin, olives, asparagus, sweet potatoes, zucchini.

Fruits

Most sweet fruit, apples cooked, avocados, apricots, lemon and lime, bananas, coconuts, cherries, fresh dates and figs, soaked raisins, grapes, strawberries, berries (except cranberries) pears, mangoes

Nuts

Okay in moderation, peel skin off almonds

Seeds

Pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, tahini, flax

Condiments

All except chocolate, pepper and sprouts in moderation

Oils

Cooking: sesame, olive

External use – avocado, sesame and in summer, coconut

Drinks

Juices see fruits and vegetables, chai, almond milk, teas – chamomile, elderflower, fresh ginger, eucalyptus, lemon grass, lavender, liquorice, peppermint and spearmint, rose-hip, saffron, fennel

Spices

All fine to use

Pitta Balancing Dietary Advice

AVOID

-Generally: sour, salty and pungent foods
-Oily and deep-fried foods
-Alcohol and coffee
-Exposure to hot sun (sun bathing)
-Watch feelings of anger, hate and intensity

INTRODUCE

-Sweet, astringent and bitter tastes
-Pleasant and cooling activities to your life like walks in nature
-Tai Chi and meditation
– A warm and caring and nurturing and non-competitive attitude

Pitta Balancing Foods

Grains

Coconut, granola, oat bran, pasta, rice (not brown), spelt oats, wheat

Pules

Mung beans, mung dahl, chickpeas, kidney beans, red and brown lentils, split peas, black and white beans, tofu and tempeh, pinto beans, soya beans and other soy products (soya sauce in moderation)

Vegetables

Preferably bitter and sweet: beetroot, broccoli, carrots, coriander, parsley, fennel, cucumber, asparagus, cauliflower, celery, zucchini, green beans, olives, artichokes, okra , kale, wheat grass, pumpkin, squash, parsnips, cooked onions, leafy greens, lettuce, peas, wheat grass, sweet potatoes, jack fruit (ripe)

Fruits

Most sweet fruit, apples (cooked), avocados, pomegranate, apricots, pineapple, sweet oranges, bananas, coconuts, cherries, fresh dates, (used daily is good for calming pitta) figs, plums, raisins, mangoes, berries (except cranberries), melons, papaya and lime (in moderation) Grapes of all types, draksha grapes are the best

Nuts

Coconuts, almonds soaked and peeled

Seeds

Pumpkin, sunflower, flax, popcorn, fennel seeds

Condiments

Coriander, sweet mango chutney, sprouts, tamarind (in moderation)

Oils

Cooking: – canola, flax seed, olive, sunflower, walnut

External: avocado, in summer coconut

Drinks

Juices (see fruits and vegetables) Aloe vera juice, chai, almond milk, teas – chamomile, rose, fresh ginger, fennel, hibiscus, chicory, Jasmin, lemon grass, lavender, liquorice, peppermint and spearmint, nettle, dandelion, raspberry, saffron.
Sugarcane – it calms Pitta, it also cleanses kidney / bladder.
Rose – rose water, rose petals are excellent to calm Pitta, it is also helpful in reducing acidity.
Cucumber juice – very cooling / also applied as face pack

Spices
Coriander, cumin, fennel, mint, ginger fresh, basil, turmeric, saffron, peppermint, dill, cinnamon, parsley and black pepper in moderation
Neem leaves – chew neem leaves to calm Pitta and to improve food taste and skin

Kapha Balancing Dietary Advice

AVOID

-Generally: – Cold, raw, oily, fried and other heavy foods
– Sweet, sour, salty taste
– Milk products
– Eating after sunset
– Over eating
– Day sleeping
– Dampness

INTRODUCE

– Regular exercise routines
– Limited sleep, waking early and rising at sunrise
– Early and light dinners

Kapha Balancing Foods

Grains
Basmati rice, wild rice, quinoa, dry oats, oat bran, polenta, millet, corn, barley, rye, couscous, buckwheat, seitan, granola, muesli, amaranth
Pules
Chickpeas, red and brown lentils, pinto beans, white beans, split peas, tempeh, tofu, mung beans, mung dahl
Vegetables

Squash, beetroot, carrots, coriander, artichokes, brussel sprouts, turnips, peas, leeks, okra, pumpkin, asparagus, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, garlic, parsley, onions, spinach, carrots, kale, mustard greens, radishes, wheat grass, lettuce

Fruits
Most astringent fruits, apples, apricots, lemon and lime, cherries, pears, peaches, cranberries, dry figs, prunes, raisins, grapes, strawberries, pomegranates, berries
Nuts

None

Seeds
Pumpkin, sunflower, flax, popcorn – without oil or salt
Condiments
Black pepper, chilli pepper, spring onions, horseradish, spicy chutney, mustard, sprouts
Oils
Cooking use little only – almond, canola, corn, sunflower: External: almond or sesame
Drinks
Juices (see fruits and vegetables), chai, teas chamomile, ginger, cinnamon, lemongrass, fennel, clove, nettle, lavender, peppermint and spearmint
Spices
All fine to use except salt

Top priorities for our Daily Routine

From the gorgeous Ayurvedic Doctor Dr. Remil

Number 1 priority

1. Most important for us all is WAKING TIME

Wake up early between 4am and 6 am

So

Go to bed at 8 get up at 4am
Go to bed at 9 get up at  5 am
Go to bed at 10 get up at 6 am

 

2. Scrape your tongue with a steel curve tongue scraper 3 -5 times

The tongue scraping gives you
– more clarity
– Food will taste better
– helps digestion

 

3. Squelch 2 table spoonsful of coconut oil in between your teeth

It’s even better if you mix turmeric with it

 

4. Exercise move your body as per your dosha

Activate your body I.e. yoga, run, stretch, bounce on trampoline .. get your lymphatic system flowing

 

5. Have warm water with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar



6. Apply warm sesame oil all over your body

Start from head

Put a little bit on your crown
Do head massage
Massage face and ears
Massage your abdomen clockwise
Then both arms and legs
Do circular movements on joints
Goddess please massage your breasts every day with warm oil in this routine
To ensure lymph flowing
Massage your feet and under your feet

Make this a daily 15-30 minute ritual

Warm the oil and Apply
Warm oil penetrates our skin better remember our skin Is one of our biggest organs so let’s take care of it

We are lucky here at the Ayurvedic centre as we have a hot oil massage every day

 

7.  warm shower

Hot water on body but never on head


8.  Now you are purified it is time for prayer, meditation, chanting

whatever is your morning spiritual practice to connect you with your divinity

 

9. Breakfast

 

10.  Work or Create etc

Do what you love
Love what you do

Work is Love made visible.

 

11. Early Dinner before 7 pm

 

12.  Evening listen to music , meditate , pray
Write down what you are grateful for that day



Extra Tips

Sleeping Directions

If we want to start a new project then our head facing east is good

 

Offerings

When making an offering / giving gratitude face east or face north

Thank you beautiful Dr Remil for your inspirational

Thank you for making  me in to a Healthier Happier Mother, Lover, Child, grandma, Nan, person, better still Goddess. In love and Light

 

OM SHANTI

IN PEACE

IN LOVE