As many of you know, the ancient yogis taught and believed that you are one with Nature, and that in order for you to evolve and stay healthy, you need diversity. Nature is always changing, and since we are one with nature, we too are in a constant state of renewal. The question is, are you aware of what’s changing within in you from moment to moment, season to season, from sunrise to sunset, breakfast to dinner? Not sure where to start paying attention? Well, from an Ayurvedic standpoint, it’s helpful to know your Prakriti to prevent the typical diseases that accompany your constitution based on the five elements – ether, air, fire, water, and earth. Knowing which elements your tendencies and cravings come from can help you prevent behaviors or habits from moving forward that decrease your sense of well-being. If you are interested in learning more about your Prakriti, Vikruti, and treating your doshas, I highly recommend seeking the counsel of a local Ayurvedic practitioner.
Within the art of Ayurveda, there will never be one remedy or one sequence that brings everyone or their dosha back into alignment. The response to every inquiry about your health is that “It depends,” as my teacher, Dr. Robert Svoboda, was so fond of saying. “It depends” teaches you to see the interconnectedness between you and your lifestyle, how changing one facet of your routine will affect another. It’s a friendly reminder that humans in general are complex, and it’s wise to look at or diagnose the body/mind/soul from many angles.
For me, the spring season brings up a lot of desire for change, to grow food, eat lighter, and to exercise more than during the winter. In general, Ayurveda cautions you from living without enough variety and with too much structure or routine–a “mono-life” as they say. With all the additional sunshine, consider taking some time to be creative and plan new routines rather living out of habit because it’s easy. So now that it is officially spring, I want to encourage each and every one of you reading this to shake up your habits and daily routines or rituals and dream up the most amazing life you can live into! Om