What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a part of eastern medicine and the sister science of yoga. It has been practised for thousands of years to help nurture the body through natural practices. 

natural practices and western medication

A lot of the time when people mention ‘natural medicine’ western society instantly becomes sceptic of the practice. This is because of the insinuation that eastern medicine is a “cure” and not intertwined with western practices. No eastern or western practice is a cure for any ailment. A combination of what is best for your body and mind; be it through eastern or western practices; will always be the best treatment.

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Eastern medicine helps mental health symptoms in several ways but the best one for me is the routine that eastern medicine creates, the comfort and self-care it inhibits, and the sleeping patterns it nurtures. For me; this is a perfect combination because it helps maintain self-care standards and routines to help ground me. Mindfulness is a huge part of eastern medicine & western medicine and the combination of the two have found its way into several western mental health therapy approaches.

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What is a dosha?

Dosha’s are three different categories of persons who inhabit some of the same traits. Due to the same traits in these people, they are categorized into a dosha (or bi/tri-dosha) where some of the same daily habits and patterns can help create a balanced lifestyle. It’s important to remember that everyone naturally has all three dosha’s; the practice of Ayurveda is to balance them.

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What is a dosha?

A dosha includes the energies circling the body that govern physiological activity. Everyone has all three dosha’s but one or two usually stand out amongst the rest. Depending on your dosha you will want to pacify some of its effects; which is where routine, nutrition, exercise & sleep customization come into effect. Dosha’s can change throughout a lifetime and you are never stuck with just one. 

How do these routines and practices help?

These routines and practices help mental health and western diseases by encompassing routine, mindfulness, and care towards ailments that are out of balance. For example; a Vata Dosha is usually cold, therefore, they should drink warm water. A Pitta Dosha is based on the element of fire and should, therefore, avoid spicy food. A Kapha Dosha is made of a heavier body type and therefore should eat more veggies and fruits than carbs and fat. 

Are these practices strict? do they always have to be followed?

Absolutely not! As someone trained in the practices of Ayurveda and as someone who has been through the western medical system I am a huge advocate for doing only what you find helpful. For example, Ayurveda says that drinking water should be the first thing you do every morning but I personally love my first sip of hot coffee, therefore, I drink water after I enjoy my first coffee. It’s all a guideline, you decide what works for you and remember to never stop taking western medications in replacement for Ayurvedic practices. 

What is your background with ayurveda?

I am a trained yoga instructor with a RYT300+ certification. I specialize in AcroYoga Level III, Partner Yoga, Ayurvedic practices, and yoga for mental health. I have over 5 years of teaching under my belt and 10 years of practice. I spent my first teaching year mentoring under Angela Ryan. I have taught at Ryerson University, BLY, Homewood Health Centre, and McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. 

What is your history with Western medicine?

As for western medicine, I am diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and I attended inpatient treatment for 8 years. I started practising mindfulness and yoga as a part of my hospital treatment plan. I am now a university student accompanied by my service dog, Peach.  To learn more about my mental health journey click here.

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