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What is Ayurveda and how it can balance your hormones, reduce anxiety and improve your life.

Now, more than ever, we are bombarded with a myriad of natural health and healing alternatives in response to the untreatable and often as a last resort. We are moving into a resurgence of the ancient medicines for healing, prevention and holistic health.

The origins of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a holistic medicine, originating over 40,000 years ago through oral tradition and in written form over 5000 years. Ayurveda, in Sanskrit, translates to- ‘Science of life’. The vedas are ancient documents that were gifted to humanity offering guidelines to live in complete physical, emotional and spiritual health. These guidelines give us the wisdom to live our best life.

When we align with nature through circadian medicine we allow the body to access its innate intelligence to heal

More relevant today than ever, society is chasing the next panacea for physical and emotional health. Ayurveda teaches us that balance is our natural state and when we align with nature through circadian medicine we allow the body to access its innate intelligence to heal, evolve and transform.

The principles of Ayurveda

Circadian medicine is the alignment of biological rhythms with nature’s rhythms for self regulation. Science has recently acknowledged the importance of circadian medicine- a Nobel prize was awarded in 2017 for the profound effects this medicine has on our biological functioning. This is one of the core principles of Ayurveda. When we align with nature’s rhythms; the 24 hour cycle of day and night, the 28 day moon cycle, and quarterly seasonal cycles by diet, lifestyle and daily practices we regulate our hormones, metabolism, sleep, mood, behaviour and overall health and well being.

The same intelligence that allows a seed to grow into an oak tree, is innate within us.

The body-mind has an innate intelligence and wisdom. The same intelligence that allows a seed to grow into an oak tree, is innate within us. When we come back into balance we allow the body’s biological memory of harmony to heal and to maintain the quality and longevity of life.

The five elements of nature are also found in our body-mind, Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. From these five elements arise the three doshas or metabolic principles, Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These control all processes within the psycho-physiology. Each individual has a different proportion of the doshas and we are born with an individual blue print called “prakriti” or constitution. When we determine our doshic constitution we are able to tailor our diet and lifestyle to the individual needs of the body-mind. Ayurveda focuses on treating the individual rather than the disease, to bring the body back to homeostasis.

With so many holistic options now accessible why choose Ayurveda? Ayurveda recognises that disease is rooted in consciousness and therefore a holistic approach is utilised that treats the physiological, psychological, spiritual and environmental aspects of the individual.

What does an Ayurvedic practitioner do?

Ayurvedic Practitioners offer consultations that include, pulse, tongue and eye examination, doshic analysis to determine individual diet, herbal medicines, detoxification, lifestyle and treatment plans to balance the constitution. Ayurvedic treatments all work to bring the body back into alignment, decrease stress and calm the nervous system.

Ayurvedic massage works with the marma points or energy junctions of the body, stimulates the lymphatic system, nourishes tissues and the nervous system, expel toxins and alleviates stress. Shirodhara is a treatment that is beneficial for insomnia, anxiety, depression, hormonal imbalances and stress and involves the precise pouring of warm oil on the third eye region. Pinda and Ruksha sweda uses herbal poultices that are used to decrease pain and inflammation in the muscles and joints and kati basti is a unique treatment for musculoskeletal disorders of the spine, shoulders and joints where a moulded dough is created over the affected area and medicated herbal oils are continuously applied to the area.

I first saw an Ayurvedic Practitioner a decade ago. I was drawn to her radiance, composure and grace. She seemed ageless and blissful. Eight years on I am practicing Ayurvedic Medicine and sharing the wisdom of this universal medicine with clients. When we heal ourselves, we help to heal our families, our communities and this radiates out to the world, healing humanity.

When we heal ourselves, we help to heal our families, our communities and this radiates out to the world, healing humanity

Mairead McCorry, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga Teacher, offers Ayurvedic consultations and treatments and teaches Yoga and Ayurveda classes at Melbourne’s newest health and wellness sanctuary- Willow Urban Retreat, High St, Armadale.  


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