The Ayurveda Ultimate Guide: Ayurvedic Healing For Health, Yoga and Weight Loss, Mindful Eating, Anti Aging and More by Sarah Brooks
This is a short book, offering an introduction to an Ayurvedic lifestyle.
The author starts with a simple outline of the principles of Ayurveda, including its holistic approach to health and well-being, which is based on the idea that all things in nature are connected. Following this is an introduction to the three doshas including the functions each dosha controls, and the reasons why the energy of the dosha can be disrupted.
Chapter two includes some remedies for imbalanced doshas to help restore balance and reduce symptoms. Some of these treatments offer excellent choices for health, including dietary changes, breathing exercises, and lifestyle changes. However, some of the suggestions sound quite severe and are not remedies I would be happy to recommend to others. These include bloodletting, vomiting, and laxatives.
Chapter three focuses on yoga. The author explains why yoga is an essential part of Vedic philosophy. The chapter explains the healing effects of poses, yogic breathing, and sense withdrawal.
Chapter four focuses on meditation, giving an outline of its benefits. The section outlines the best types of meditation and/or breathing techniques for certain doshas or conditions. This part of the book is very brief and doesn’t go into much detail about forms of meditation, mantras or pranayama.
Chapter five covers weight loss with Ayurveda. Many of the tips will be familiar, such as drinking warm lemon water in the morning, engaging in exercise and eating regularly. There is a nice section on the benefits of eating seasonally, too. Additionally, there are some more specific tips to Ayurvedic practice such as incorporating the 6 Ayurvedic tastes of salty, sweet, bitter, pungent, sour and astringent. The section of helpful tips on improving digestion also provides useful information.
Chapter six covers the eight practices of mindful eating. These include eating in a quiet environment, at a moderate pace and enjoying food using the senses.
Chapter seven contains information about Ayurvedic superfoods. Most of these are familiar foods such as ginger and turmeric. There are one or two that will be unfamiliar to those with no knowledge of Ayurveda, however, the author does a good job of explaining these.
Chapter eight is a section on Ayurvedic natural remedies and healing foods. Again many of these will be familiar, including lemons and dates. This is a very brief section containing only a handful of foods.
Chapter nine covers the subject of anti-aging. This section gives a thorough list of various herbs that can help in the treatment of aging skin. The chapter is limited to skin effects, however, and does not include remedies for other ailments we experience as we age such as stiff joints.
Chapter ten provides an overview of how to incorporate the ideas in the book into a healthy Ayurvedic lifestyle.
Overall, I found this book to offer some good introductory principles of Ayurveda. Because it is brief, the book did not have room to go into much detail on any of the topics. Much of the information contained in the book could easily be obtained on the internet. However, it is useful to have it all in one place. My favorite section was the explanation of the doshas. The other topics were a little too brief to provide a solid grounding. However, the book made me aware of certain aspects of Ayurveda I was unfamiliar with and I will look forward to researching these areas further.
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For those new to the subject of Ayurveda I would rate this book 9/10