Ayurveda is rooted in India’s most cherished scriptures, the Vedas.
It is not only a science of preventative health & healing but also a philosophy of living. Rarely treating symptoms, it cures by removing the cause of disease.
Ayurveda believes that the cause of all disease comes from what has always been believed in India but what is now known in the West: Transgressing against nature & our own instinctive wisdom, improper eating, ignoring the cycles of seasons or our age & engaging in excessive pursuit of our sensual pleasures is the cause of all disease.
Health is not the separate pursuit of the perfect body, or the forging of an intellectual mind, or even austere practices of the spirit. It is erroneous and burdensome to attempt to maintain a perfect body, a perfect life or perfect health for the demands of such striving steal the vital force from our life. What we can reasonably do is aspire to a life of balance, without desperate measures.
Acceptance of ourselves as we are is the greatest health of all. The accomplishment of inner quiet, signifying peace of mind, can remove years of aging. Immortality is maintained by living in the present. This is the foundation of holistic health. A life of balance has no extremes and very little fragmentation.
Through its knowledge of ‘body types’, Ayurveda has systemized the codes for human behavior. The word ‘dosha’ meant ‘that which has a fault’, a system that is quick to change. We are all born with different combinations of all three ‘doshas’ (physiological natures): Vata (air), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (water and earth). These ‘doshas’ embody our genetic code, categorize our ‘body types’ which influence our habits and makes us who we are. We may, however, alter our fate through our choices, the power of our will and through self-reflection.
Food is the keeper of all the five elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Space. It takes us through the complete cycle of being; from the original cosmic seed to the fragile sprout, to the flourishing plant and its fruits, to our sustenance. Here are Ayurveda’s basic tenets of food:
- Prepare with good intentions
- Source locally grown seasonal organic foods as much as possible
- Eat according to the needs of the body
- Eat with respect to the environment
- Eat in accordance with your doshas
- Receive food with appreciation, reverence & gratitude
Ayurvedic principles bring vital forces, health, balance, & intimacy onto your plate & into your life. Our recipes are designed to truly nourish.
some of our favorite authors on Ayurveda:
- Deepak Chopra (start with Perfect Health)
- Maya Tiwari (lots of recipe inspirations came from Ayurveda: A Life of Balance: The Complete Guide to Ayurvedic Nutrition & Body Types with Recipes)
- Dr. Vassant Lad (a great breakdown of Ayurvedic basics in Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing: A Practical Guide )
- Robert Svoboda (Anita gave this book as gifts to many of her female friends & employees, Ayurveda for Women: A Guide to Vitality and Health)