Women and Ayurveda

Ayurveda, yoga and massages prevent disorders and maintain health. One key to life cycle is to find the best way for the body to be able to properly circulate nutrients and eliminate wastes and toxins.
To understand this process some Western researchers compare Ayurveda to a table supported by four pillars:

  • Proper nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Meditation
  • Healthy lifestyle (Dinacharya)

Herbs, herbal oils, aromas and colors complete and represent some of the available resources to Ayurveda physician and therapist, to harmonize the individual as a whole, comprising the body, mind and lifestyle with spiritual aspirations.

The basic concept of this science is the ability that the individual has for its self-healing. Ayurveda offers resources for the healthy person to maintain health, and people with illnesses regain balance, to continue maintaining health on daily basis.

The approach is simple, because it is based on what we see in nature. People experience cold, heat, sweet, bitter, fast, slow, dry, wet, etc., which are reflections of the five elements (Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth), to act on the nature and all living beings.

Women and Ayurveda, in particular, are connected and sensitive to the rhythm and cycles of nature. The female life undergoes constant changes and some of the most striking features are the stage of fertility Kapha, followed by the youthful energy of Pitta, until you reach menopause, when a woman shows more Vata characteristics. There are “seasons” in female life, resulting from the change of nature seasons. Ayurveda also depends on the seasons. When spring comes, all that is manifested in the Ayurveda vision – plants, herbs, vegetables, fruits, etc., begin a fertile life, which could be compared to Kapha (water and earth) and later compared to Pitta (fire and Water). As summer gives way to autumn, Ayurveda goes to a transition in Vata (ether and air).

This is the subtle transformation, in which both Women and Ayurveda pass and this is probably why women find Ayurveda more receptive to their bodies, mind and spirit. They have an innate understanding of what factors and lifestyle and which constitution may have certain effect on their bodies. Ayurveda offers a gentle and secure effect, expected as a result of each treatment, as it balances life and this is very expected by women.

In India, Ayurveda is part of women’s life, from birth, going through puberty, the reproductive years and reaches the menopause. This medicine is a natural part of life in homes of India and it is considered as a woman, as it provides care, support and spreads in society. Ayurveda is connected to the Earth, and again, the Earth is feminine, fertile and without fertility, there is no possible life.

This wisdom has been passed down for thousands of years, from generation to generation and it would be wonderful if the West adopted the growing practice of Ayurveda, to provide a full and happy life to the delicate feminine.

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