You now know your Prakriti or basic constitutional dosha. What now?
Your basic dosha gives you some insight into how/why your body sleeps, wakes, digests, exercises, physically feels and much, much more. Insight alone is VERY important and very useful because good health requires that you get in touch with your body and respond to it. So, just knowing your basic dosha can help you better understand the how/why/when your body needs something. But, you can go further with Ayurveda by choosing to include some or many of the habits, foods, etc. into your daily living. From your morning routine to your sleep routine - Ayurveda can help you become the best you!
Let's say you choose to include the sleep recommendations for your dosha into your daily living. You wake earlier, go to bed earlier and are now able to enjoy a deeply satisfying morning routine and feel completely rested each day. You can now meditate, exercise, enjoy your breakfast and tea - really starting your day off right.
Perhaps you include the dosha clock into your planning - eating your biggest meal of the day between 11-1 and lighter meals in the morning and evening (not eating after 7pm). You time your day around when you have the most energy and are the most focused and this allows you to be the best business person you can.
You can include some Ayurvedic products such as Nasya Oil which helps your sinuses feel better and reduces nasal inflammation allowing you to breathe more deeply. You could include tongue scraping which removes the coating on your tongue each morning keeping your breath fresher, your mouth healthier, and your sense of taste much, much brighter! Oil pulling can truly enhance your oral health care and make your mouth feel fresh and clean each day (oil pulling is swishing coconut oil around in the mouth for a period of time to allow the oil to pull out the bacteria and debris and promote good bacteria as well as clean the mouth). Or, you could implement the 7 habits of an Ayurvedic morning, helping to nourish your body, mind and soul at the start of your day.
Perhaps you want to include more Ayurvedic cooking and eating styles into your life. Choosing the foods and spices that balance your dosha and help you feel nourished and happy. I highly recommend Dr. Vasant Lad and Ushant Lad's book (it has dosha quiz, recipes, details on Ayurvedic eating, foods for each dosha). Here, it is not only the foods you choose but how you cook them and with what spices that brings balance to your body. You will find that many foods you have never liked naturally are ones not best for your dosha and some of your favorite foods are the ones best for your dosha. You can eat foods that best serve your bodies digestive predilection making these foods more readily available to use to support your energy needs.
Whatever you choose to do, you can start small - lemon water in the morning, earlier bedtime, a few food changes and each will enhance your life. As time goes by, you might find you want to include more and that is the beauty of Ayurveda. Just like yoga and meditation, a little bit of Ayurveda in your life results in dramatic changes in how you feel, think, live.
Checkout the Ayurveda resources blog for more information on articles and suggestions to help you include more of this amazing science into your daily life. All of the articles, images, apps, books and recommended products in these blogs as well as on the Facebook page are included.
Below are articles with more detail on foods/eating for your dosha.
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