Ayurvedic principles play an important role in my practice to help balance a client’s life. As an Indian, Ayurveda is a natural way of life for me, which allows me to share this wisdom authentically with my clients.
One of the first steps you will take in your coaching journey with me is to review your day-to-day, in order to find time to optimise your wellbeing.
Building strong foundations is key in my coaching practice. We explore your life to understand where you might be experiencing imbalances and explore different ways to enhance each area of your life.
I use the principles of Ayurveda to help clients improve their wellbeing and use the principles of balance to provide a holistic approach to the coaching work we do together.
Ayurveda is the ancient Indian holistic medical system, based on achieving physical and mental harmony with nature, which has been practised for more than 5000 years. Ayurveda means "science of life" ("Ayu" meaning life and "Veda" meaning science), and was first recorded in the Vedas, the world's oldest surviving literature.
Ayurveda is a complete way of life. It is a holistic health system comprising diet, Yoga, massage, detoxification, herbal remedies, meditation and daily lifestyle. Ayurveda improves a person's health and their wellbeing, behaviour and state of mind - this is how I combine Ayurvedic principles into my coaching practice.
Ayurveda is prevention-oriented, is free from harmful side-effects and treats the root cause of a disease rather than just the symptoms. Ayurveda views illness as caused by an imbalance in a person's physical or mental constitution and therefore seeks to gently bring a person's body and mind back into a healthy balance.
According to Ayurvedic teachings everybody has four physical and spiritual instincts: religious, financial, procreative and the instinct for freedom. In combination, these create happiness, wellbeing, creative and physical growth. Balance and good health are the prerequisites for these instincts to be fulfilled and must be maintained for them to be enjoyed.
To help achieve this important foundation upon which the rest of life is based, Ayurveda aims to promote good health in healthy people and restore health to those who are exhibiting ailments.
With a few small changes to your lifestyle, it is possible to live the Ayurvedic way and reap the many benefits. “Ayurveda is certainly not intended to replace modern medicine, but rather to give people the tools to treat their body according to its needs, leading to emotional and mental wellbeing and good health.” - Dr Deepa Apte MD
Ayurveda sees everything in the universe, including human beings, as composed of five basic elements (or Panchamahabhutas): space, air, fire, water and earth.
These five elements in turn combine with each other to give rise to three biophysical forces (or Doshas) within the human body- Vata (air and space), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (water and earth).
Together they are known as Tridosha and govern all the biological, physiological and psychological functions of the mind and body, both physical and emotional, as well as affecting how an individual interacts with everything around them.
Every individual has all three biophysical forces (Doshas) but it is the dominance of any one or two or all three that makes up a person's individual constitution or Prakriti.
Although a person's Dosha type is determined at the moment of conception, Doshas are constantly shifting within the body. Just as the five basic elements fluctuate within nature, these elements will also fluctuate within the body. Therefore the Dosha dominance changes with age, time of day or night and the season etc.
Ayurveda seeks to treat the mind and body according to a person's Dosha using a system combining diet, herbal remedies, detoxification, Yoga, Ayurvedic massage, lifestyle routine and behaviours which stimulate positive emotions.
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