Is An Ayurveda Program The Key To Improving Your Health and Well Being?
Posted February 13, 2023 by Guest Poster -
NOTE: A trained Ayurveda Health Counselor, Candace Machado from Theraexpressions Meditation, wrote this post.
The journey that led me to Ayurveda started in 2020.
It was an ordinary evening, and when the phone rang, I noticed that it was my husband calling as he did every night while at work.
I didn’t think much as I answered the phone, but it soon became clear that he seemed disoriented.
It was then that the panic settled into my heart.
His first words were, “I think I am having a heart attack. Something is wrong with me.”
I immediately jumped out of bed, ran for the keys and my shoes, and raced out the door. To be honest, I don’t remember if I even put my shoes on…
As I drove, I was on the phone with both 911 and on the other line with my husband and co-workers.
I pulled over on the dark dirt road where my husband was, and I was so frantic and almost forgot to put the vehicle in park. I rushed to my husband, who collapsed into my arms and was immediately placed into the just-arriving ambulance.
As I followed behind, my single thought was, “don’t you dare die on me tonight.” I started to raise my voice to the universe that it wasn’t his time to go. But even as I was in the moment, I knew I was powerless and had no control over what would happen.
When we arrived at the hospital, they confirmed that my husband did not have a heart attack, but they could not explain what had happened.
His blood work was normal, all the tests were normal, and all the scans were normal.
Yet, my husband did not appear to be acting “normal.” This was like nothing I had ever experienced with him in 17 years.
Over the last three years, we have received the same response from many different doctors.
They would throw out different disorders and diagnose but were very quick to say they had no idea exactly what was happening.
We went through the western medical system with little to no answers until recently…
Finally, my husband was diagnosed with several autoimmune disorders that targeted his whole body system and forced several shutdowns all at once. As I write this now, the choices and decisions continue for us, but we have seen minor improvements that give us hope.
As all of this was happening to my husband and I, the world was shutting down due to covid pandemic.
And I decided THIS was the time to throw myself into a two-year program and become an Ayurveda Health Counselor.
Because if the western medical model wasn’t able to assist me, I wanted to learn a different system!
Ayurveda originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda teaches us that the universe is made up of five elements (Mahabhutas): ether, air, fire, water, and earth.
Ether is the governing element of space.
Air is the governing element of movement.
Fire is the governing element of transformation.
Water is the governing element of cohesion.
Earth is the governing element of structure.
Tuning into the elements around us can move us further into our health and well being
Ayurveda focuses on living in balance with the rhythms of nature.
Our internal health is balanced when we are in harmony with our external system.
Our mind, body, and soul can all connect when we are in balance.
If we step out of the daily and seasonal rhythms of nature, imbalances, begin to appear.
To address an imbalance, Ayurveda teaches us to treat ourselves with the opposite qualities of the environment.
The Ayurvedic approach addresses the individual’s current psychological, emotional, and physical state through the system of the doṣas and their connecting qualities.
Ayurveda is a science for practical living, and it encompasses daily routines and seasonal routines.
Ayurveda focuses on spices, nutrition, herbs, plants, lifestyle, and tuning inward.
It strives to teach us a basic understanding of cause and effect and the harmonious balance of the body and mind. Its laws are based on observing and watching nature itself.
Ayurveda is the breath, the mind, the spirit, and the soul.
It encourages us to slow down, listen to our body, and hear how it speaks to us.
Ayurveda was always something that I had always been curious about.
After what happened to my husband, I dove head-first into an intensive program with teachers that have been actively practicing Ayurveda for decades.
I spent every week with some of the top teachers in the US and India.
And I took an Ayurvedic approach with my husband and myself.
I started to address where my time and energy were being placed, the food and drink I was putting in my body, and how I was actively living my life.
I completely changed our lifestyle one section at a time.
Things started to realign, and I saw improvements over time.
And I want to teach you about Ayurveda and help you improve your health and well-being.
Theraexpression’s ONLINE Ayurveda program starts February 23rd, 2023.
Below is the Course Description:
Curious about Ayurveda? Ayurveda is the sister science to Yoga. Ayurveda focuses on our whole body system and emphasizes healing from the inside out. This four-month program will encompass cooking classes, physical fitness, education on Ayurveda, the history of Ayurveda, spiritual practices, doshas, and the traditional ayurvedic philosophy. We will focus on how to use food as our own medicine.
This live-stream weekly class starts Thursday, February 23rd, 2023, at 5:30pm MST.
Not sure if you’re ready to commit to a four-month program?
Our Balancing your Ayurvedic Wisdom 5-day program is free and open to anyone seeking a better understanding of incorporating basic Ayurvedic Nutritional strategies into your daily routines. We will focus on setting up daily routines, incorporating quick and easy strategies into your life, and creating self-care strategies that focus on your well-being. Each day we will target one strategy to implement balance in our lives.
If you’d like to learn more about TheraExpressions Meditation and its services, click here.