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Many of our basic desires are simple:
- we want to minimize physical pain because pain stops us from doing what we like.
- we want immense energy so we can accomplish things or pursue what is downright fun.
- we want to look good and maintain it but also have some treats
- we want to feel good like nothing can touch us without bouts of anxiety or depression.
- we want to sleep soundly with peace because otherwise we’re too strung out.
A few years ago I went through health information overload. I found a lot of answers but no cohesion. Now I write about doable, daily practices for real health.
I don’t write about health tips & tricks because those don’t last. When they don’t last, frustration seeps in over and over again.
I write about health practices that fundamentally regroup your body and mind so you always feel “I got this.”
The source of inspiration came from Ayurveda, the first medical system ever documented. You don’t need to know all the details just what speaks to you.
Ayu – what? A history.
Ayurveda [ah-yur-vay-dah] is the oldest medical healing system on Earth. Dating back 5,000 years (and some experts say 10,000 years), Ayurveda comes from Vedic Indian culture. Ayurveda translates to the “science of life” (Ayur= life, Veda= science of knowledge) and offers wisdom to help people live happy, healthy lives with peace of mind. Ayurveda does not compartmentalize mind from body because ancient rishis (seers) discovered that positive and negative emotions affect the way organs develop and stay functioning. Ayurvedic recommendations include guidelines on daily and seasonal routines, diet, behavior, and the proper use of our senses.
Years before there were medical monitors, pharmaceuticals, and ultrasounds, there were Ayurvedic doctors. These doctors felt the quality of your blood by taking your pulse, knew what herbs to mix to relieve ailments, and understood how well your internal organs were functioning by looking at your tongue, nails, hair, pee, poop, and body frame. Ayurveda was developed over centuries of witnessing human behavior and now modern scientific studies are (finally) proving the efficacy of Ayurvedic protocols. The biggest example I know to date is the use of the Ayurvedic herb, turmeric, to reduce inflammation in the body. Yoga, which most of you have heard of, is the sister science to Ayurveda. Both teachings come from the same source – Vedic texts – but the Western world has often missed out on the timeless wisdom of Ayurveda.
Over 10,000 years ago people in ancient India had the discipline to study the natural world without distraction. This took years of deep observation. They then documented how nature affected us. The Ayurvedic style of writing was genius. Wisdom was written as poetry or sutras and also passed down orally. Everything we need to know is in song! Young children easily remembered these sutras so staying healthy was a part of their upbringing. If only that were true now.
Ayurveda influenced Tibetan medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, and Greek medicine which gave rise to the modern medicine we use today. As much as we develop as a society, I find it important to tap into the wisdom of our ancestors who often simplify what we sometimes convolute.
Why “Breathe with Tina” as a blog name?
I want you to chill out about health. Breathe with me. And take steps.
The Science of Life
In Ayurveda, there are three combined energies (or Doshas) that are responsible for the characteristics of our mind and body: Vata (Space + Air), Pitta (Fire +Water ), and Kapha (Earth + Water). These doshas also characterize the season we are in (Vata: fall – winter, Kapha: winter – spring, Pitta: spring – summer) and our stage of life ( childhood – Kapha, adulthood – Pitta, seniority – Vata). We are each born with a proportion of these doshas that shapes our nature and affects how we will respond to our environment. Although each of us has all three doshas, most people have one or two doshas that dominate.
If you are Vata dominant, you might be thin, light, easily excited, creative, perceptive, and adaptable. Think of a ballet dancer with elongated features or a tall drink of water of a man who might be an artist or musician. A vata person might also be petite but is usually slender. If you are Pitta dominant, you might have a medium build, be intelligent and intense, and be tied to your goals. Think of many leaders or most of Hollywood. Think of people who say they like to “Work hard & Play hard.” Most of the American population is Pitta dominant. If you are Kapha dominant, you might be broader than a Pitta, be easy going, loving & nurturing, yet be methodical and have great memory. Think of some of your favorite chefs and teachers.
For each element, there is also an imbalanced expression of “symptom clusters.” When Vata is imbalanced there is too much movement in the system, a person tends to experience anxiety, insomnia, dry skin, constipation, and difficulty focusing. When Pitta is out of balance, a person tends to be lustful, hyper-competitive, angry, and may suffer from indigestion or an inflammatory condition such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. When Kapha is out of whack, a person may experience sluggishness, weight gain, and congestion. There is no perfect dosha. The best ratio is always the ratio you are born with.
The following article by my teacher shows you how you can determine the dosha you were born with (prakruti) and the doshas that are present now (vikruti). Ayurveda reestablishes your balance by using diet, exercise, meditation, and herbs. This means when practiced appropriately, Ayurveda gets you back to your optimal, birth state of health. In this state, you only express the positive qualities of your doshas.
How can you Help Me?
I understand how to use Ayurveda to match your lifestyle.
I specialize in “auditing your daily schedule” with the way you sleep, drink water, eat, read your poop, exercise, meditate, etc so that you feel strong & calm and look the way you want.
I am a master of structuring and sequencing big topics. It comes from years working for management consultancies like McKinsey. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I studied with Dr. Lad. He is the world class doctor who brought Ayurveda to the US.
This blog is not intended to give you specific medical advice or to replace your doctor. As always, consult your doctor with your most pressing issues. Terms and Conditions. Ayurveda never excludes Western medicine (for ex. in the case of extensive trauma, surgery can be necessary) but rather complements modern medicine. Science is retroactively proving Ayurveda’s concepts.
Why Should I Read Your Blog?
You want to find your own personal health plan (not someone else’s version).
The Ayurveda world is growing almost as fast as the yoga world is so there are many remarkable people in the community to learn from.
I write from a practical perspective. I understand reading something and adopting something into your life is not easy. With every article I write, I ask myself three questions – 1) Is this worthwhile knowledge? 2) Is this knowledge conveyed with humanity 3) Is the takeaway simple?
In addition, the life I’ve led up till now has blessed me with the experience of many different lifestyles that I draw from:
- Worked while going to college full-time
- Took month stretches to backpack in Australia, Asia, Africa, and Europe (been on the road with a backpack)
- Worked an odd hour, high intensity job where I always had to be “on” (a live nightly news show)
- Worked in high pressure corporate situations with CEOs and World Leaders (consulting)
- Travelled domestically and internationally working insane hours thinking I was cool (consulting)
- Started and grew three tech companies
- Retrained myself mid-career. I learned the basics of computer programming without prior training. I understand the health challenges programmers and tech entrepreneurs face.
- Had health issues stemming from sheer exhaustion and burn-out
- Fostered health turnarounds in my immediate family and close friends
- Experienced heartbreak
- Been in enriching romantic relationships and found friendship after
- Started an independent consultancy and worked from home in my yoga pants. It is awesome only when you learn how to set up the right terms for a project and have discipline for your time (this took me a while to figure out).
I have NOT:
- Been married. Maybe one day.
- Given birth to children. Again, maybe one day. Therefore, I draw heavily on advice from my Ayurvedic Institute teachers who are also mothers. I’ve taken special coursework on prenatal health, pregnancy, and postpartum.
- Worked in combat in the Army, Navy, or Marines. However, I have developed strong relationships with and have advised patriots with PTSD.
- Worked in the criminal justice system
Have you Written Before?
I have never written a comprehensive blog until this one. I have had travel blogs but they were much like my personality at the time- “on the go.”
Author Junot Diaz once told me, “Nothing calls for the paper shredder like a story that the writer clearly hasn’t sat on.” Ayurveda is the subject I have found worthy of sitting on.
Can I get in Touch?
Yes, please do!
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