アーユルヴェーダから学ぶ10の生活の知恵

アーユルヴェーダから学ぶ10の生活の知恵



Hi there, welcome to TOKYO VEG LIFE!
Today, I’m going to share 10 everyday teachings from
Ayurveda – ancient study of medicine in India
Ayurveda is a study of medicine which originated in India 5000 years ago
Ayur means life and veda means knowledge
5 elements that exist in the nature – air, ether, fire, water and earth
are what make up the base of Ayurveda and it’s believed that the combination of these elements
creates energy called dosha
Air and ether create vata, fire and water create pitta and water and earth create kapha
Vata is an energy of movement like the wind and represents lightness and dryness
Pitta is an energy of transformation like the fire and represents heat and sharpness
Kapha is a heavy energy like the earth
and represents slowness and calmness
We need all three energies or dosha
but depending on body type or personality, the energy composition differs
and the composition also changes during the day or over the lifetime
A thin person who is light in thoughts
with full of creativity has a lot of vata
An athlete who is motivated and
always active has a lot of pitta
A round person who is kind to others
and calm has a lot of kapha
Some people have about the same amount of 2 dosha like vata-pitta
and rarely, there are people who have about the same amount of all 3 dosha
There is an energy composition that is suitable for every person
but if imbalance occurs for some reason
it’s believed to affect the health of our body and mind
For example, if vata increases in a person with a lot of vata
He or she may lose weight, get constipated and find it hard
to keep grounded and concentrate
So in Ayurveda, rather than applying one method on everyone like
XX method, XX exercise or XX diet
it takes a holistic approach where you maintain
physical and mental health by balacing 3 dosha
in various aspects of everyday life including diet
The best way to know if your dosha is in balance in everyday life
is to pay attention to how your gut is doing
In Ayurveda, it’s believed that
a well-functioning digestive process from the food digestion, nutrients absorption and elimination
creates the foundation of good health
If Vata increases out of balance, you may get dried up and feel gassy or experience constipation
with dry and small stool
Pitta has a strong digestive fire so the there is usually no issue in digestion
but if pitta increases out of balance, you may experience excess acid in the stomach or heart burns
The digestion speed also becomes high so you may get diarrhea
or your body may not be able to absorb nutrients properly
If Kapha increases out of balance, digestion takes a long time
and you may experience constipation where you feel heavy in the stomach for days
If you find that your gut is not feeling very well, depending you on the symptoms
you can pay attention to possible dosha imbalance
In Ayurveda, it’s recommened to use daily foods to maintain dosha balance
and to correct the imbalance if there is one
Each food has tendency to increase particular dosha
So the basic concept is, if you think you have a lot of pitta, you take less of foods that increase pitta
If you watch your gut and feel that your pitta is increasing
you avoid foods that increase pitta
The knowledge on how to plan your diet and what combination of foods to avoid
to heal illness is too vast to capture here but
you don’t need to think too hard about what to eat in your everyday life
If you become aware of your energy tendency and conditions
you will begin to see what kind of foods suit you at that time
If you are a vata type, you can take sweet foods that energize you like fruits and grains
sou foods that stimulate digestion and soup that warms up the body and provides water in the system
and take less of beans that cause gas, dry crackers and green salad
which is cold and too detoxifying for vata
If you are a pitta type, you need energy to sustain your active life so you can take fruits and grains that
fuel your energy and also raw vegetables that cool your body in moderation
and take less of spicy foods that heat up the body, foods that are stimulating like onions and garlic
and sour foods that cause acidity in your system
If you are a kapha type, you can take bitter leafy vegetables that are detoxifying and
spicy foods that light up the digestive fire
and take less of sugar that leads to weight gain, salt that leads to water retention in your body
and foods that cool your body
In Ayurveda, spices are treated as medicine
Indian curry is made by combining various spices but
for everyday cooking, you can focus on taking the spice musketeers – cumin, coriander and turmeric
Cumin stimulates the digestive process and also reduce inflammation
It’s such a common spice that you probably can’t find an Ayurvedic recipe that doesn’t contain cumin
Coriander lights up the digestive fire like cumin but
it can also cool the body, so it’s perfect for hot summer when you feel low in appetite
The combination of cumin and coriander is golden not only for the counterbalancing effect but also for taste
You can put them in cooked vegetables or tajin dish which I shared the recipes for before
You can also sprinkle on cumin, coriander, salt on vegetables like cauliflower
massage with olive oil and roast in the oven
Turmeric is an all-star Ayurvedic spice that is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
and strengthens your immune system
It’s bitter so generally, it’s combined with something sweet
or cooked with other spices
I like to put turmeric in my granola yogurt with black pepper which
enhances the absorption of curcumin – the main component of turmeric
In Ayurveda, it’s considered crucial to eat a meal
after the previous meal is digested fully
So depending on your dosha type
how much and when to eat differs
If you are a vata type, your digestive fire is weak so leave about 6 hours in between meals and
make sure to eat 3 meals a day
If you are a pitta type, you have a strong digestive fire and tend to get irritated when you are hungry
so you can eat a meal or snack every 4 hours or so
If you are a kapha type, it takes time to digest and you tend to gain weight easily
so you should avoid snacking and leave more than 6 hours in between meals
For each dosha type, it’s recommended make your lunch – when your digestive fire is the strongest
your biggest meal of the day
The digestive fire is believed to be the strongest at midday because
there are times where each dosha heightens throughout the day
From 10 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon, active energy of pitta heightens
so you should not only take the biggest meal of the day but also use the time to make important decisions
Then later from 2 to 6 in the afternoon, creative energy of vata heightens
so you can do creative work that requires ideas
By being mindful of the energy cycle of the day, you can take effective actions
and spend a mindful day
Within the day, 10 at night to 2 in the morning is when active pitta heightens
and 6 to 10 in the morning is when slow kapha heightens
Many of you may find that your mind gets active when you go to bed and can’t fall asleep
or you feel sluggish and can’t get up in the morning
In Ayurveda, it’s recommended to go to sleep before 10 at night when pitta starts to increase
and get up before 6 in the morning when kapha stats ton increase
to get enough rest for the body and start the day fresh
If you wake up before 6 in the morning, it’s when creative energy of vata is at its high
In India, it’s considered as the sacred time – the best time for meditation
You can put yourself in a quite environment before the sunrise and meditate
go for a walk or write down ideas in your journal
By capturing the creative energy that heightens at this time when you can be with yourself
without being distracted, you will be able to spend a mindful day
From 6 to 10 in the morning is a slow kapha time
During the commute, you will most likely be stuck in one place for an extended time, so by doing some exercise
before you leave for work, your body wakes up fully and the body switch will be turned on
Most of you probably brush your teeth in the morning
In Ayurveda,
It’s believed that bad bacteria growing in the mouth can go into the body and cause diseases
so oral healthcare is considered as crucial for maintaining good health
Also, it’s believed that digestion starts when you put food in your mouth and your tongue tastes and
feel the food and sends signals to your gut
So it’s important to clean bacteria on the tongue which build up while sleeping at night
Ayurvedic oral care consists of tongue cleaning using a tongue scraper
teeth brushing and oil pulling which
is like mouthwash using sesame oil or coconut oil
and you swish in the mouth
I make my own toothpaste with 1 Tbsp baking soda, 2 Tbsp coconut oil and some peppermint oil
It is free of additives and you can also
get effect of oil pulling
You can also add neem powder, which antibacterial and is commonly
used in Ayurvedic toothpaste
But neem is bitter so it might take some time for you to get used to
At the end of the day, 6 to 10 at night
is a slow kapha time
With the goal of going to bed before 10, you can use this time
to build an unwinding routine to relax your body and mind
You can take a bath, meditate or do light stretching
In Ayurveda, oil massage is considered important for the body and mind
When you heard “Ayurveda,” you might have actually thought of massage
Without going to a salon, self massage is also highly effective
It softens your skin, relieve tension in the muscle
and relaxed your body and mind
By applying self love at the end of the day to thank yourself for the day
you will find deep, relaxing sleep
Today, I shared 10 everyday teaching from Ayurveda
What I shared in this video is only the very entrance of Ayurveda so
if you are interested, please expand your knowledge
from books and classes
See you next time!


アーユルヴェーダから学ぶ10の生活の知恵


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