ayurveda: a complete wellness system
understanding the mind-body balance
Thousands of years before modern medicine identified the mind-body connection, India had introduced Ayurveda, which continues to be one of the world’s most sophisticated mind-body wellness systems.
Ayur means life and Veda is knowledge; directly translating to knowledge of life and offering philosophies to help people maintain optimum health, vibrancy and physical and spiritual balance.
It’s difficult to summarise the immersive and extensive teachings of Ayurveda but by adopting an Ayurvedic approach to living – through food, exercise and lifestyle choices, we can truly elevate our sense of health and wellbeing. In our fast-paced culture taking time to slow down, nourish the body and return to your best self is vital – which is why So Pure serves honest, good mood food all day.
To support a healthy body and mind our food must be nourishing and ideally, nutrition should come from a variety of foods prepared and eaten with awareness. We carefully combine a variety of flavours, herbs and spices to ensure you’re getting the six essential Ayurvedic tastes: sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, and astringent. A treat for your taste buds and better yet, you’ll find you feel satisfied for longer, with the urge to snack diminishing when all the major food groups are incorporated.
It’s all about addressing the balance with the natural elements that reside within – and around - us all. Ayurveda explains that like the Universe, we’re made up of five elements: air, fire, water, earth and space. These elements, in their biological form, are known as Doshas: Vata (air), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (earth). Each of us is born with a unique balance of Doshas, with one being more dominant. Much of our emotional, physical and mental health is dependent on maintaining our equilibrium (Prakriti). An unbalanced body can become toxic, while overeating – or eating the wrong foods - often leads to poor digestive health and weakened Agni (digestive fire).
In Ayurveda what we taste, smell, touch, hear and see has a significant impact on our overall sense of wellbeing. Depending on the balance of our Doshas at any given time, the texture of mushrooms, or the smell of seafood might seem divine or disgusting. Recognising and responding to your body’s needs by eating accordingly is a simple, effective way of restoring a positive energy.
Once we know our Dosha (mind/body type) we can apply this system to our lifestyle to achieve balance and harmony. A number of factors dictate our Dosha type – book a consultation with Loretta Lee, founder of So Pure and Ayurvedic Diet & Lifestyle Consultant to learn more.