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Five Principles of Ayurveda to Use with Your Clients _Final

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>> Welcome back. Are you curious about how to incorporate Ayurvedic principles into your coaching practice? If so, you're in luck because in this lecture, we're going to learn about how to support balanced Doshas through diet and lifestyle. Ayurveda is a system based on balancing with opposites. When one Dosha becomes aggravated, you can pacify it with foods that calm or balance it out. Prakriti is a person's unique constitution, the specific combination of elements they're born with. Vikriti refers to the Dosha where an imbalance appears. This is the Dosha that's affected by one's environment. Sometimes a person's constitution can be hard to see if it's obscured by an imbalance. Clients should be referred to an Ayurvedic practitioner to identify their Prakriti and Vikriti. This should be done before anything else. Once the client knows their Dosha and the Dosha that's imbalanced, you can begin to support them in these five steps. Step one, locate where in the mind, body, or spirit the imbalance originated from. Once the client knows where they are imbalanced, you can help them trace back where in their life it originated from. When you're coaching someone from an Ayurvedic perspective, you're looking to identify the roots of an imbalance. Did it come from diet, emotions, lifestyle? Think of the IIN's Circle of Life. Locating a balance is a lot like uncovering the areas of a person's life that aren't supporting their health. Remember, there are more things that contribute to a person's health than their diet. Understanding what a client's life and patterns look like can help reveal their constitution. Here's a concept that can be a little confusing. An imbalance in one Dosha can originate in another. Think of it as one Dosha pushing into another. For example, if you're a high stress person who's often anxious, you may burn yourself out, ultimately leading to fatigue and weight gain. These are Kapha symptoms that originate with Vata. This is called Vata pushing Kapha. Do you see how it's important to understand what the underlying issue is? The key here is to look for patterns and keep trying to peel back the layers. If you trace them back, patterns usually offer some clue as to how the progression began. Step two, eat a Dosha balancing diet. In Ayurveda, balance is created through Panchakarma, the purification of the Dosha through diet and meditative practices. In this practice, diet and meditation are powerful healing forces. Let's take a look at some dietary practices that support the balancing of Doshas. For Vata, it's important to stay on a regular eating schedule and consume satisfying hearty meals. Vatas tend to under-eat or skip meals. It can be stabilizing for them to be more regular. Fats and oils are beneficial for Vata types who tend to be dry and cold. Oils act as a much needed lubricant in the body. Nuts are also great because of their fat content. Since Vatas tend toward gas, they may want to avoid too many gaseous foods like cruciferous veggies and beans. But this really comes down to bio-individuality. Cooked vegetables are best for Vata because raw foods can be cold and drying. Dairy, grains, and naturally sweet foods can be grounding and nourishing for Vata types. Vata types are represented by the air element and are aggravated by dryness. So an exception here is dried fruits, which may be irritating to Vatas. The overall aim for imbalance Vatas is to combat this dryness. Also Vatas often struggle with constipation, a manifestation of this dryness. Since Vata embodies the air elements, it's complemented by the other elements, earth, water, and fire. Fire can be added by adding spices to food. Earth can be added by eating warm and grounding foods like root vegetables. Water is added by moist and oily or fatty foods such as ghee or coconut oil. Vata likes to be soothed. They want foods that are warm like cooked and hot beverages but also foods that are energetically warm such as ginger and pepper. Vatas do best to avoid cold foods like raw foods and iced beverages. Remember, like attracts like, but that's not always balancing. Pittas are energy producers. Their energy is akin to a furnace. Pittas may think they can eat anything, but because of their fiery nature, spicy, hot, and acidic foods aggravate them. They create too much heat. Pittas tend to do better with a more alkaline diet. They may want to avoid peppers, tomatoes, onions, and caffeine. Pittas can tend toward ulcers as their intense heat can burn their insides. This can also cause heartburn. To pacify a Pitta, you want to cool them down. Foods that are bitter or sweet are good. They typically do well with light spices like fennel, coriander, and cardamom. Eggs and red meat increase Pitta energy, so lighter meats like plant-based proteins, poultry, and fish should be eaten instead. Kaphas should steer toward a light low carb diet with high fiber content. This diet should be fairly easy to digest and well-supplemented with sharp warming spices to coax their naturally low digestive fire. Heavy foods such as dairy, refined grains, and sweets should be avoided. Ginger tea can be sipped throughout the day to help aid an increase in digestion and metabolism. Five general rules to support the balancing of all Doshas are to drink hot liquids or hot water throughout the day, partake in intermittent fasting if possible, eat lunch as your biggest meal, practice regular and seasonal cleansing to clear out toxins, and cook with spices for digestion such as black pepper, ginger, and nutmeg. Step three, explore detox regimens. A large part of Ayurvedic balancing involves detoxing to rid the body Ama or toxins. This cleansing process is considered a mind-body therapy. Let's go over a few common detox methods that are present in just about any Ayurvedic cleanse. These are a kitchari diet, oil massage and steam treatment, and Triphala. Ayurvedic detoxes involve cleansing in the form of mono diets, meaning for short period of time, you'll only eat one food. The goal is to reset the system. An example of this is the kitchari diet. A kitchari diet consists of mung beans and rice. Kitchari is the recommended cleanse for Ayurveda because it's tri-Doshic and easy to digest. Kitchari can be tailored with spices to match one's Dosha. The recipe for kitchari is said to draw toxins out of the body. During an Ayurvedic cleansing period, you want to avoid snacks and stick to meals only. Snacks are said to dampen the digestive fire. Of course, some health conditions require individuals to eat snacks. In these cases, they'd either want to tailor their cleanse to fit their bio-individuality or consider for going this type of balancing. Oil massages and steams are another part of the cleansing process. A daily Ayurvedic cleansing practice is to receive or give yourself an oil massage. Ayurveda recommends a lymphatic massage that involves warm herbal water poured all over the body. An herbal steam treatment is also part of the detox. If you visit an Ayurvedic clinic, you'll also receive a treatment where oil is poured in the third eye, in the center of the forehead. This treatment is meant for deep relaxation. The purpose of massage and steam is to bring the Doshas back into balance, to the center of the body. The center is the digestive center where any toxins can then be removed. Remember, Ayurveda is a mind-body science. Even though Doshas can be addressed with diet, it's also important to incorporate cleansing therapies. These therapies also have a spiritual component and soothe the body and mind by centralizing the energy. Step four, work with your body's circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms are the body's natural internal clock. Our circadian rhythms are set to align with the different Doshas. Living in synchronicity with these natural rhythms brings health and vitality. According to Ayurvedic philosophy, various Doshas rule at different times of the day. It's said that between 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock, your Dosha is ruled by Pitta. Between 2 o'clock and 6 o'clock, your Dosha is ruled by Vata. And between 6 o'clock and 10 o'clock, your Dosha is ruled by Kapha. According to Ayurvedic philosophy, it's generally best to go to bed around 10 pm and wake up by 6 am. It's beneficial to wake during Vata times in the morning before 6 am. This is also a great time of day for meditation. Yoga traditions often teach you to get up before the sun rises, the Vata time. Since Vata rules air and ether, this is the time for receiving insight. The other Vata time is in the afternoon from 2 pm to 6 pm, this time of day rules creativity and working on projects. Again, air and ether will yield insights. Lunch should be eaten during Pitta time, between 10 am and 2 pm. Lunch should be the biggest meal of the day. During the day, Pitta energy is good for getting things done. The other Pitta time, 10 pm to 2 am is a time for cleansing while we're asleep. If you stay up late, you'll likely be hungry and may eat again which throws of this rhythm. Pitta embodies rest and digest, the concept we've talked about elsewhere in this course. Waking up during Kapha time between 6 am and 10 am can make a person groggy for the rest of the day. Kapha is a slow and methodical time, which is good for grounded tasks like planning, paying bills, or anything that requires routine calculation. At night, Kapha time is good for winding down, to prepare for bed. It's best to be in bed by the time Kapha ends so that you don't enter another Pitta cycle. Think about your energy through the day. Have you ever noticed or resonated with some of these energy shifts? I encourage you to try operating on an Ayurvedic schedule for a week and see how you feel. Step five, align with the earth's natural rhythms. In Ayurveda, it's important to experience harmony with nature. The body is essentially part of a larger body, the earth. The earth goes through the seasons that each are ruled by a Dosha. During these seasons, we need to nurture specific Doshas. This is especially true for seasons that rule your particular Dosha. The Vata season is the late fall into early winter. This makes sense given that a lot of change happens during this time, leaves fall, temperatures drop, and colorful foliate is replaced by white snow. Vata loves change. However, the dryness and cold can aggravate Vata, which is particularly sensitive during this time. If you notice that your Vata tends to get aggravated during this time of the year, consume lots of warming foods and soups, and stay away from cold and raw foods. This is also a time to build up your digestive fire, as it can tend to dampen. When living according to Ayurvedic principles, it's ideal to support each Dosha through the change in seasons. Kapha is dominant from winter to spring. This is the time when we go from rest and heaviness to detox and light foods. To balance Kapha when it dominates, it's best to transition to a light diet with dry foods, and avoid moist and heavy foods. It's great to incorporate foods that are cleansing like bitter greens. You'll want to limit fatty foods and sweets, which encourage the heaviness. Pitta is the ruler of late spring into early fall. This is the time of year to support the cooling of the body. Summer is a time of energy and life force. When things heat up, turn to cooling foods and those foods that contain a lot of water to keep from burning yourself out. Cooling foods include aloe, cucumber, and mint. To recap, we went over five principles of Ayurveda that support a healthy digestive fire and can help rid the body of Ama or toxins. They are locate where in the mind, body, or sprint the imbalance originated, eat a Dosha balancing diet, explore detox regimens, work with your body's natural circadian rhythms, and align with the earth's natural rhythms. These steps can be implemented with just about any client to help him or her find an alternative way to create more balance in his or her life. For clients who are interested in digging deeper into Ayurvedic healing, there are a variety of cleansing practices performed by Ayurvedic practitioners in clinical settings. For clients who are looking for ways to compliment their traditional medical care, this can be a great alternative to explore. And if this interests you, take some time to study and practice working with the Ayurvedic system and way of thinking. Just always remember to stay within your scope of practice. Ayurvedic medicine requires special training. Now that we've gone over the basics, do you see any parallels between the Ayurvedic principles and the concepts you learned in your Health Coach Training Program? What do you think about a mind-body spirit approach to healing? Share your thoughts in the Facebook group. Let's get a great conversation going. Thank you for joining me and exploring this ancient healing tradition. See you soon.

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Five Principles of Ayurveda to Use with Your Clients _Final

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