If you’re new to ayurveda, let us introduce you to the world’s oldest and, we’d argue, still most relevant holistic healing system.
Ayurveda was developed alongside Yoga in ancient India and these two sciences/arts perfectly support each other.
Being a holistic system of health, Ayurveda takes into consideration the unique constitution of the individual, the geography, the seasons, the person’s psychology and both the willingness and ability to make changes to their life.
We start by figuring out the person’s Prakruti (their nature, their constitution when in full health) and then their Vikruti (any imbalances or dis-ease that have moved them away from their prakruti). Based on all of that, the person is recommended a particular diet, lifestyle, medicinalherbs, body work and possibly a detox programme called Panchakarma to help support them back to their full potential of health, back to their prakruti.
The thing we love most about ayurveda is that it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition. Rather it provides a roadmap to figure out the unique constitution of the person to figure out what foods, herbs, type and amount of exercise and other lifestyle habits are best suited to support and bring the best out of that person.
Ayurveda is capable of treating most diseases and disorders but it places a huge emphasis on prevention. It considers mild symptoms such as constipation, skin issues, weight fluctuation, gas and bloating, as important early warning signs of later disease if left untreated.So while mainstream medicine will simply prescribe laxatives to fix your constipation, ayurveda looks into why you have constipation in the first place and fixes it at the root cause.
In other words, the aim in ayurveda is not just an absence of disease but rather a full thriving of health and wellbeing on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Until then…here’s a note about me, Amber, your Ayurvedic Practitioner.
I became interested in holistic health after experiencing my first sugar detox many moons ago. It completely changed my understanding of the role nutrition plays in mental health and physical wellbeing.
I felt happy for no reason, my skin became soft and smooth, I had huge amounts of energy, I slept better. I felt amazing and I felt intrigued.
I never would have imagined, back then, to what extent the food we eat and lifestyle we lead can affect how we feel and how we perceive the world.
This motivated me to begin my studies in nutrition. I graduated with a B.Sc in nutrition with the University of Malta in 2017 and a year later from my Masters in Holistic Nutrition with the California Institute of Integrated Sciences, where I studied with Dr Gabriel Cousens (renown for healing type 2 diabetes through fasting). In my masters I had learnt the basics of Ayurveda and always loved it.
Over the years whenever I had minor health complaints it was always Ayurveda that would finally work. So a couple years later I decided to go back to school once again to finally become an Ayurvedic Practitioner with the Yoga Veda Institute.
I am happy to have now started offering online ayurveda private consultations through Sanya, which you can read more about here.
In my sessions I aim to bridge east and west bringing the best mixture of modern science and time tested wisdom from the past.
I hope to see you at my workshop or a private consultation soon.
Until then, if you have any questions, you can get in touch through Sanya any time.