Eight Ayurvedic Tips for Finding Mental Calm

One of the foundational principles of Ayurveda is finding or restoring balance. It is easy to spiral into a state of high stress when overwhelmed by personal or professional challenges. Practicing Ayurvedic methods for relaxing and reducing stress should become part of your daily routine if you want to find calm and build the energy reserves you need for overcoming every obstacle.

Here are eight Ayurvedic tips for finding mental calm and balance:

Follow an Ayurvedic diet.  In Ayurveda, there are three primary energies or doshas that make up each person’s mind and body. The vata dosha, the element of air and movement, is thought to contribute to having a restless mind and a nervous temperament when it is in excess. Grains that balance vata include brown rice and oats, while vegetables including okra, carrots, beets and green beans are also recommended.

Use Ayurvedic therapies.  Ayurvedic tradition prescribes a number of treatments for easing physical as well as mental discomfort. These include hot oil treatments that use herbal infusions to rebalance the doshas. Speak to your practitioner about which massage or other treatment will be best for you, according to your dosha combination.

Take Ayurvedic Supplements.  Besides having a soothing massage, you can take Ayurvedic herbal supplements that combine all of the best natural ingredients for relieving an over-active, anxious and stressed mind. Make sure that your supplements are obtained from a knowledgeable Ayurvedic practitioner. This will ensure purity and effectiveness

Learn a calming breathing technique.  The breath is seen as especially important in Ayurveda. How we breathe directly affects our emotional and mental state. One of the first signs of elevated stress is shallow breathing. Learning a deep-breathing technique will help you use the most basic tool you have, your body, to find mental balance.

Practice Abhyanga (Self-massage).  It is best to obtain massage from an experienced Ayurvedic professional who can provide a full, balancing therapy, but you can start each day in a balanced frame of mind by practicing Ayurvedic self-massage techniques.

Meditate. Mindfulness is central to the Ayurvedic tradition. Being focused on the present moment helps to reduce anxiety about the future. Meditation entails reaching a state of purified consciousness that makes banishing stress-causing thoughts easier.

Join a yoga class. The ancient movement form of yoga has long been practiced as a means for finding and maintaining mental balance. The added health benefits of keeping your body supple and your breathing and posture optimal make doing yoga all the more rewarding.

Improve your quality of sleep.  Besides helping to balance the doshas, following an Ayurvedic diet and undergoing Ayurvedic therapies will help to increase your relaxation and quality of sleep. Try to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night. This helps to keep doshas balanced and gives you optimum energy.

Take our Dosha Quiz.  Contact me for your copy or more information on attending one of our courses.

 

Spring-Cleaning – The Ashishveda Way

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Many of us embrace new habits at this time of year that put our homes and lives in order. We formally say farewell to winter with the very best intentions and welcome with open arms the warmer inspirational season of Spring.
If you are like me, you also tend to spring clean your body as the weather gets nicer, increase your exercise, eat healthier and dare I say it detox which can most definitely be  revitalising.  However we need to aim to maintain these habits rather than have a good month or two!  This will also improve the health of your body, mind and spirit in general and set you up for a much healthier lifestyle.
We offer many different treatments and dietary advice but nothing is more important than this detoxification for spring.  Our body is naturally cleansing or detoxifying itself constantly anyway but the two seasons which are best to regain balance in our body, mind and spirit are Spring and Autumn.
We are focussing on Spring this month which is a season of new growth after wintertime. Spring brings life to the whole universe and with spring all those winter blues fall away. Spring increases pitta (warmth in our bodies), thus we see many heat related issues such as allergies, hay fever, colds/ flu etc generally increasing in this period.
Our immune system will show acute reactions more in the spring season.
Spring is also the season of fertility, the perfect time of year for blossoming;   Ashishveda  recommends Panchakarma (meaning five actions) which is a cleansing and rejuvenating program for the body, mind and consciousness. It is known for its beneficial effects on overall health and can help the body completely cleanse,  detoxify and restore balance.
We are offering a two week intense Panchakarma health rejuvenation package or a one week ayurvedic daal/khichadi detox throughout the month of March.  Book now and you will receive a 10% discount to get the new you started.
 

What we do

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Our treatments here at Ashishveda generally are to aid in the following conditions

Restoring balance
Improving Holistic Healing
helping you to connect your body-mind-spirit
Boosting your immunity
reduction of already prevalent symptoms

we can’t emphasise enough when embarking on one of these treatments it is a Lifestyle change and needs full commitment from you to experience the full benefit.

Your treatment may include one or some of the following:

Herbs, vitamins, minerals
Dietary and Lifestyle advice
Ayurvedic Therapies & Massages
Panchakarma
Marmas (Ayurvedic pressure points)
Breathing exercises (Pranayama)
Yoga
Meditation
Ayurvedic Counselling

Recognising that we too as human beings are a huge part of nature, Ayurveda describes three essential energies that control our inner and outer surroundings: movement, conversion, and our make-up. Known as Vata (Wind), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha (Earth), these primary forces are responsible for the appearance of our mind and body

If Vata is dominant in our system, we tend to be thin, light, enthusiastic, energetic, and changeable. If Pitta predominates in our nature, we tend to be intense, intelligent, and goal-oriented and we have a strong appetite for life. When Kapha prevails, we tend to be easy-going, methodical, and nurturing. Although each of us has all three forces, most people have one or two elements that predominate.

For each element, there is a balanced and imbalanced expression. For example When Vata is balanced, a person is lively and creative, but when there is too much movement in the system, a person tends to experience anxiety, insomnia, dry skin, constipation, and difficulty focusing.

When Pitta is functioning in a balanced manner, a person is warm, friendly, disciplined, a good leader, and a good speaker. When Pitta is out of balance, a person tends to be compulsive and irritable and may suffer from indigestion or an inflammatory condition.

When Kapha is balanced, a person is sweet, supportive, and stable but when Kapha is out of balance, a person may experience sluggishness, weight gain, and sinus congestion.

An important objetive of Ayurveda is to identify a person’s ideal state of balance, determine where they are out of balance, and offer interventions using diet, herbs, aromatherapy, massage treatments, and meditation to re-establish balance.

You will be asked to complete a simple questionnaire called a Dosha, when you arrive for your consultation which can help you and Dr Ashish determine which Ayurveda element is most present in your nature. You can complete the questionnaire here in advance of your consultation, if you’d like to. Please remember to answer as honestly as possible.

Ashishveda’s Mother’s Day Retreat Offer

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Before you do anything, scribble this date in your diary: Mother’s Day is Sunday, 15th March (here in the UK).

Are you struggling to decide what to get your lovely mum this year? if your mum is too difficult to buy for (flowers and a box chocolates on Mother’s Day are a cop out!), then this year, show your mum your appreciation and just how much you love her by giving her a gift you know she’ll love – the secret to a perfect gift is thoughtfulness remember and we have just the treat.

Ashishveda Micro Retreat Day £150 (Special offer for Mother’s day only *– normal price £250)
This day retreat involves a wide range of treatments and consultations for individuals, or couples (mother and daughter price of £280*)

A day of true relaxation and indulgence. The day will include;

  • A welcome drink on arrival
    Indian head massage
    Breathing & Meditation
    Shirodhara
    Ayurvedic Back Massage
    Ayurvedic Face Massage
    Complimentary Herbal Tea throughout the day and a light homemade Ayurvedic lunch will be included

It can be easy for busy mums to forget to treat themselves, so this mother’s day, treat her to something extra special.   The day can be booked  on a day of your choice throughout March – subject to availability and is going to be in Woodford Green.  Venue information will be confirmed at the time of your reservation.  To book and reserve a space please click here.

Another special offer from us, if you book your retreat package before 5th March 2015 then you too can experience the wisdom of Ayurveda and will be entitled to a FREE 30 minute ‘Diet & Lifestyle Consultation’!

Look out for other Ashishveda Ayurvedic Retreats coming available very soon: