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Live Well: The Ayurvedic Way to Health and Inner Bliss [Paperback]

Jane Alexander


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Oct. 18 2001
In Jane Alexander's new book Live Well, we get an excellent introduction to the benefits of ayurveda and a simple guide to making your body and mind work in total harmony. Ayurveda is a complex health system which takes in all the senses and all aspects of our lives. Ayurveda treats each person as unique, taking into consideration body type, colouring and stress levels for example, an ayurvedic treatment can offer a programme to create perfect health and wellbeing.

Find out more about your: body type (dosha) Jane's personal experiences of ayurveda Advice for your dosha Advised daily routine Some tips for making the transition from summer to autumn New from best-selling author Jane Alexander, Live Well is a superbly illustrated guide to living the Ayurvedic way, packed with practical exercises. It examines the history and philosophy behind this ancient approach to physical and spiritual well-being, and explains how to apply it to modern life, from understanding your body type to diet and broader lifestyle issues.

A Sanskrit word, Ayurveda means the science of life, or the knowledge of longevity. Its aim is a life well lived – an unending succession of 'good days'. According to Ayurveda, living well is only possible when the mind and body are in harmony with one's soul and the universe. Spiritual health is dependent on the ability to live in harmony with the external universe; mental health depends on the ability to live in harmony with oneself. To be able to balance yourself and achieve true harmony you must learn what type of person you are and how you can redress your own imbalances through changes to your lifestyle. Jane Alexander will show you exactly what you should change or add to your life, and how. She will help you to create your inner harmony, and achieve your own contentment, well-being and balance. Making simple changes to your diet and lifestyle can create a whole new you


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Getting Down to Doshas In ayurveda, there are three types of energy; vata (air and ether), pitta (fire) and kapha (earth and water). Each person is dominated by one of these energetic forces and this can effect our weight, happiness and motivation. Vata, Pitta and Kapha are the three doshas (mind-body types) that determine everything about ourselves. The predominating dosha is determined by a set of physical and emotional characteristics. As Jane says "vata people are usually thin, agile, quick-thinking and restless; pitta people tend to be of medium build, are competitive, and make good leaders; kapha people are large framed and more placid in nature, with great reserves of strength and endurance."

Balancing our doshas can create harmony within the body and mind. Ideally we would have all three doshas in balance, but this is rare. Most people discover that they are a combination of doshas, with certain imbalances dominating their lifestyles. Ayurveda can treat a whole range of ailments. What works for you? Advice for Vata Vatas need regularity and routine in their lives - whether this is in their career or their diet. Sit down and eat - do not eat on the run. Meditation and yoga help Vatas to slow down. Again do regular exercise all through the week. Although you love loud music, fast games and high-impact sports, Vatas suffer from sensory overload. Take some quiet time. Avoid cold, iced and raw foods. Your food needs to be easily digestible - cook with oil or ghee. Noticed that you are often cold - Vatas need to keep warm, jumpers, log fires or saunas! Surround yourself with warm colours - in the home and in the wardrobe. Yellows, oranges and golds are good for Vata. Get enough sleep. Vatas do not operate well when they haven't had adequate sleep and this fuels their aggressive tendencies. Vatas feel soothed by essential oils like cedarwood, sage, ylang-ylang, patchouli, lavender and cloves. Advice for Pitta Pittas need to keep cool as they are often overheating. Avoid saunas and very hot baths. Take a warm shower followed by a cold spritz. Very organised pittas need to embrace spontaneity. Take some time for you and do something just for the hell of it! Try a new activity every week. Water sports are very soothing for Pittas as are winter sports. Although naturally competitive, Pittas should avoid anything too competitive as this will over-stoke your internal fire. Hot, spicy foods will increase the fire in your belly and this is something that Pitta can do without. Cut down on spicy and rich foods, alcohol, caffeine - anything that stimulates. Stay clear of bright and primary colours. Pale colours, blues and purples will quell the fire and create balance. Go with silver in everything from jewellery to candlesticks. Balance your soul with essential oils like lavender, vetivert, jasmine, rose, mint, sandalwood and cinnamon.

Advice for Pitta Pittas need to keep cool as they are often overheating. Avoid saunas and very hot baths. Take a warm shower followed by a cold spritz. Very organised pittas need to embrace spontaneity. Take some time for you and do something just for the hell of it! Try a new activity every week. Water sports are very soothing for Pittas as are winter sports. Although naturally competitive, Pittas should avoid anything too competitive as this will over-stoke your internal fire. Hot, spicy foods will increase the fire in your belly and this is something that Pitta can do without. Cut down on spicy and rich foods, alcohol, caffeine - anything that stimulates. Stay clear of bright and primary colours. Pale colours, blues and purples will quell the fire and create balance. Go with silver in everything from jewellery to candlesticks. Balance your soul with essential oils like lavender, vetivert, jasmine, rose, mint, sandalwood and cinnamon.

About the Author

Jane Alexander is a highly successful author and journalist – noteably with The Daily Mail. She has a life long interest in mind body spirit issues and now lives in the Somerset countryside

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