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No, but really: what is Ayurveda?

I was skimming PubMed last night for nerdy articles about Ashwagandha (an Ayurvedic super-herb often called ‘Indian Ginseng’) in prep for a blog post I’m writing but I came across this beautiful description of Ayruveda and I wanted to share it with all you post haste. Ayurveda is vast both in scope but also in history and, at times, it can be difficult to cram all that vastness into an elevator pitch when someone asks ‘What is Ayurveda?’.  So, I present to you the words of Murphy et al. in their paper titled “Scientific basis for the use of Indian ayurvedic medicinal plants in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders: ashwagandha.”  Not quite an elevator pitch but still very much worth a listen: (bold added for emphasis)

Ashwagandha: Ayurvedic super-herb!

Ashwagandha: Ayurvedic super-herb!

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word, which means “the scripture for longevity”. It represents an ancient system of traditional medicine prevalent in India and in several other south Asian countries. It is based on a holistic view of treatment which is believed to cure human diseases through establishment of equilibrium in the different elements of human life, the body, the mind, the intellect and the soul [1]. Ayurveda dates back to the period of the Indus Valley civilization (about 3000 B.C) and has been passed on through generations of oral tradition, like the other four sacred texts (Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvanaveda) which were composed between 12(th) and 7(th) century B.C [2, 3]. References to the herbal medicines of Ayurveda are found in all of the other four Vedas, suggesting that Ayurveda predates the other Vedas by at least several centuries. It was already in full practice at the time of Buddha (6(th) century B.C) and had produced two of the greatest physicians of ancient India, Charaka and Shushrutha who composed the basic texts of their trade, the Samhitas. By this time, ayurveda had already developed eight different subspecialties of medical treatment, named Ashtanga, which included surgery, internal medicine, ENT, pediatrics, toxicology, health and longevity, and spiritual healing [4]. Ayurvedic medicine was mainly composed of herbal preparations which were occasionally combined with different levels of other compounds, as supplements [5]. In the Ayurvedic system, the herbs used for medicinal purposes are classed as brain tonics or rejuvenators. Among the plants most often used in Ayurveda are, in the descending order of importance: (a) Ashwagandha, (b) Brahmi, (c) Jatamansi, (d) Jyotishmati, (e) Mandukparni, (f) Shankhapushpi, and (g) Vacha.’

Full citation: Ven Murthy MR1, Ranjekar PK, Ramassamy C, Deshpande M. (2010) Scientific basis for the use of Indian ayurvedic medicinal plants in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders: ashwagandha. Cent Nerv Syst Agents Med Chem. 2010 Sep 1;10(3):238-46.  Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/20528765/?i=2&from=/27316579/related

0 In Ayurveda/ Life/ Seattle

Taking My Own Advice

Hi everyone!

I hope this summer has brought you lots of sunshine, popsicles, and barefoot picnics.

There are some big changes happening around here at Katie Meyer Ayurveda HQ and I wanted to take a moment to reflect and share what’s been going on and how I’ve had the opportunity to remember to take my own Ayurvedic advice.

The biggest change is that I’m moving away from one-off appointments in favor of a 6-week program commitment. The reasons for this are many-fold but the biggest reason is that changes take time and it doesn’t matter how many pieces of advice I give you in an appointment…if there isn’t follow up and commitment, it is REALLY difficult for clients to experience the full benefits of Ayurveda.

To that end, I’ve spent the past two months designing a 6-week program and I am 100% positive it will get you out of burnout & adrenal fatigue…if you put in the work! Why burnout & adrenal fatigue? Every. Single. Client has reported symptoms of burnout and adrenal fatigue so I knew I had to start there and a 6-week program gives us a good chunk of time to slowly but surely introduce and integrate Ayurvedic wisdom into your daily routine. Slow and steady wins the race, right? (or, in this case: banishes the burnout)

The program is called The 5-Step Formula for Banishing Burnout & Adrenal Fatigue Naturally (without quitting your job) and is specifically aimed at busy professionals with demanding jobs and home responsibilities that just won’t quit. It’s the formula that I used to ELIMINATE my own burnout and I’ve worked with western doctors, my Ayurvedic mentors, nutrition coaches, and more to make sure this program is effective and something my clients can stick to.

As I write this, the butterflies are flying around in my belly because I’m about to launch this program to the world via a live Masterclass tonight @ 7pm PST. You guys, I have poured so much heart, soul, love, and a few tears designing this program, building my slide deck, and diving deeper in APIs, Facebook pixels, and CSS than I ever thought I’d need to.

And that’s when I realized I needed to pause and chill. Take my own advice. Practice my own burnout busting tips and take a moment to recognize what’s about to happen.

So, with that, I’m going to take a nap (!!), have a light dinner, meditate, and then do some jumping jacks to prep for the Masterclass! Hope to see you there!

Register for tonight’s Masterclass HERE.

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My Favorite Products for Supporting an Ayurvedic Lifestyle

Happy Day-After-Solstice!

It doesn’t feel like it here in Seattle, but we are now officially in the Pitta season of the year.  Long days, high temperatures, sun dresses, and an abundance of fresh produce!  Admittedly, I’m more a fan of fall (Vata season) but I’ve made my peace with summer and that shining orb in the sky (although I always wear sunscreen and hide under shade trees!).

I’ve gotten a lot of questions lately about what products I recommend to support an Ayurvedic lifestyle on a daily basis so I thought I’d compile a list of objects and places that have helped and encouraged me to stay in touch with my Ayurvedic goals.  I am not sponsored by any of these companies…I just really like them! 🙂

I hope you enjoy!

  1. 100% Pure Maracuja Mascara in Dark Chocolate

100% pure

OMG this mascara is amazing.  It’s cruelty-free and made with only natural ingredients…including chocolate!  Seriously, it smells like chocolate.  Plus, the packaging is a beautiful rose gold color and feels really luxe in your hand.  Sure, it’s not specifically related to Ayurveda but I enjoy makeup and beauty so finding a good mascara was a must for me!

  1. Banyan Botanicals: Daily Swish (Mint Flavor)

Daily Swish

I love Banyan Botanicals as a company and highly recommend their Ayurvedic resources and products.  They know what they’re doing!  This product is specifically for oil pulling (which I’m sure I’ll write about in a later post) and works really well.  Plus, it’s minty!  

  1.  Banyan Botanicals: Kapha Digest

Kapha Digest

I’m a believer in Banyan’s supplements and, for me, Kapha Digest is where it’s at.  I have a Kapha body and a Pitta mind and my personal struggle is burning up ama.  This supplement is a powerhouse of pungent herbs (pippali, ginger, and black pepper) that helps me balance out my Kapha and keep me on track.  

(Note: please don’t take any supplements simply because you read it here.  Make an appointment with me and we’ll make sure you’re being directed towards the right ones for you)

  1. Herb Stop Monthly Subscription Box

Herb Stop

Ok, I have a thing for subscription boxes.  They’re like presents that come every month!  This one from Herb Stop is a new favorite of mine.  Every month, they send you three essential oils plus an oil blend (usually in a roller ball).  Also included are DETAILED (like, really detailed) descriptions of the oils, how they can be used, recipe suggestions, and more.  The oils are 100% pure, ethically sourced, and cruelty free.  Give them a shot!

  1. World Spice Merchants

World Spice

I have been coming here for YEARS.  It’s basically my version of heaven.  You walk into the beautiful shop and are immediately hit with the delicious scent of herbs and spices.  Then you open your eyes and see that there are HUNDREDS of spices for you to choose from.  Plus, they have a reading room filled with thoughtfully curated cooking resources.  If you’re lucky enough to live close to Seattle, check out the shop.  For those outside our fair city, you can order spices online.  

And now for some Seattle-specific resources:

The Vajra

Vajra

This is a Seattle institution and has been around for over 20 years.  So many treasures to found here including incense, essential oil blends, tarot, art work, jewelry, and more.  Plus, the staff are really friendly and will totally point you in the right direction for whatever you’re seeking.

Seattle Yoga Arts

SYA

This studio’s slogan is: Body Nourishing, Soul Satisfying, Sanity Supporting Yoga and wow, they are not kidding.  I am currently in their 200 hour teacher training program and have reaped immense benefits.  Check out their classes if you want a break from the world and want to learn not just asana but how to look inward.

So, that’s it for now!  I hope your find these resources helpful.  What are a few of YOUR favorite things?

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