Regularity Is a Key to Health

Ayurveda is not only a healthcare system, a sick-care system, but also a preventative system. It shows us that Vata, Pitta, and Kapha predominant individuals are prone towards certain conditions. Seasonally, Vata, begins in fall to early winter. At this time of year, the elements of air and space begin to infuse the atmosphere. Qualities such as cold, dry, and light fill our surroundings, and those individuals who have a predominance of these qualities are more likely to experience it than others.

Symptoms such as gas, bloating, dry orifices, increased constipation, dry skin, cold extremities, sleep disturbances extending as far as insomnia, and increased anxiety seem to show up the most during the upcoming months. This is why Ayurveda emphasizes the use of internal and external oleation, such as ghee, coconut oil, flax oil, and sesame; the increase of warm foods, such as soups, stews, milk decoctions, teas; spices such as ginger, cinnamon, cumin, oregano, basil. black pepper, mustard seeds, turmeric, clove, and dry garlic can help increase heat in the blood.

Here are 5 Touchstones that can help keep regularity while “life happens”:

  • Touchstone #1 – WAKING UP around the same time each day, most of the week (most being 4-5 days)>
  • Touchstone #2 – Having BREAKFAST, whatever that is for your constitution, around the same time each day, most of the week
  • Touchstone #3 – Having LUNCH, around the same time each day, most of the week
  • Touchstone #4 – Having DINNER, around the same time each day, most of the week
  • Touchstone #5 – Head to SLEEP, around the same time each day, most of the week

The rest of life can happen, weaving in and out of these above listed pivotal points. It is important to have at least a little time (half hour or more) of me time; a time that is sacred just to be with yourself and minimal external distractions, so you can develop a deeper relationship with yourself and know yourself from the inside out.

As we progress into the upcoming months where you may be more challenged, take a step back and see what you can put in place to create an anchor each day, not to lose yourself to ill-health but to reclaim your joy within it.

DISCLAIMER: This information is meant for educational purposes only and not considered medical advice. Any changes in lifestyle should be reviewed with a qualified practitioner and/or primary care physician if you are currently under their care for specific conditions.

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Dr. Vishnu Aragona AD, LMT, is one of Philadelphia's leading experts in Ayurveda, with over 20 years of experience in holistic training. He has been recognized by NAMA (National Ayurveda Medical Association) as meeting the requirements as a Doctor of Ayurveda. Vishnu has a Master's Degree in Ayurveda and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Vishnu is also a licensed massage therapist, practicing various other modalities. He has been practicing for 22 years and teaching classical yoga rooted in Ayurveda for over 15 years. His Ayurveda, Yoga, and Massage center, Still Point Ayurveda is the leading Ayurvedic Center in Philadelphia. Visit www.stillpointayurveda.com to find out more and to schedule appointments.