Ayurveda: Golden Rule #1
Application of Ayurvedic Rule #1: Like irritates like, opposites balance.
Say you awaken feeling Slow, Dull, Heavy and overall Lethargic and your looking to balance yourself through your choice in breakfast. Oatmeal with yogurt, nuts and dried fruit would NOT be a wise choice.
The qualities above are characteristic of excess Kapha, and irrelevant of your predominant dosha you can apply Rule #1 skillfully to bala
The breakfast above has qualities that are very much resemble how your already feeling: Slow, Dull, Lethargic and Heavy etc.
Skillful Choice #1:
A bowl of fruit, which is light, alive and full of Prana (life force) and digest fast compared to oatmeal. You might even sprinkle it with a bit of cinnamon to up the digestive process
Skillful Choice #2:
Simply skip breakfast and allow your mind and your body a respite. Give your Agni, your digestive fire a chance to kindle and give rise to true hunger.
Additional balancing practice #1:
Vigorous Abhyanga, self oil massage. Sesame Oil is great for Kapha and Vata Dosha and Sunflower or Coconut is best match for Pitta Dosha. Massage long bones up and down, circular at the joints and massage towards the heart (rather than away from).
Cold pressed, organic oils from a trusted brand are best, keep in mind the skin is the largest organ in the body and we want to nourish it properly.
Additional balancing practice #2:
Kapalbhati Kriya is a sense cleansing practice that hosts many benefits. ‘Kapal’ means skull and ‘Bhati’ means shining. It is a traditional Pranayama, a breathing technique that purifies the senses of toxins and sharpens the intellect.
Above are simple examples on how to apply Ayurveda’s wisdom in our modern life. My hope is that you will start to connect the dots on how to personalize your food and lifestyle choices to promote balance and feel fully alive!