It felt great to “unplug” last week as my girlfriend and I attended the Journey Into Healing conference/retreat at the Chopra Center outside of San Diego. This conference/retreat, (continuing ed credits for MDs and healthcare providers, but open to anyone), was jam-packed with so much great information — my head is still spinning.
You probably know about yoga, and may have even tried meditation, but some of you might be saying “Ayur-what?” So what IS Ayurveda (eye-your-veda) anyway?
During the conference/retreat, we learned about the science behind, and health benefits of Ayurvedic medicine, including participating in daily meditation, and yoga practices. One element of Ayurveda is “Food as Medicine”, (a huge passion of mine), and the Ayurvedic meals were amazing.
According to the Chopra Center’s website: “Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India…Tibetan medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine both have their roots in Ayurveda.”
Ayurveda aims to treat the whole person, not just the ailment or disease. Ayurvedic medicine helps to heal the underlying ailment or disease by bringing the body back into homeostasis (balance), with the use of various techniques including:
- enlivening the senses: sights, sounds, smells (aromatherapy)
- herbal supplements
- and the recommendation of specific foods for specific ailments and body types (Doshas)
With health care costs skyrocketing, and diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer continuing to rise in numbers, you can practice Ayurvedic healing at home, on your own, with very little cost. Stay tuned for some great info on how to implement Ayurvedic medicine into your life soon.
For now I leave you with this crazy science factoid that I learned at the conference: Did you know that 90% of ALL the cells in your body are not human cells?! They are comprised of all of the billions of micro-biota living on and in your body. Only 10% of all the cells that comprise your body are your own human cells. Are we hosts to the micro-biota? Or are they hosts to us?…We can not survive with out them. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
Have you tried yoga, meditation, or other forms of Ayurvedic medicine? Leave me a comment to let me know. And I highly recommend attending a conference/retreat at the Chopra Center, it will be life-altering!