How did Ayurveda find you?
I have always been a researcher and guinea pig. I am always intrigued by anything that benefits our health and since I was a teen I have been fascinated with research about how to prevent disease. Over the years, I have tried and tested it all, from supplements to chiropractic, acupuncture, NMT, reiki, and Ayurveda, to discover how each works, and what it can do for us.
Each year, I traveled to India and studied Ayurveda, taking intensive courses, alongside the gurus of Ayurveda, and sampling treatments daily. I discovered then, that while Ayurveda has so much to offer, not everything is ‘palatable,’ or ‘fathomable’ to the Western layperson. So, after completing my Masters and PhD in Ayurvedic studies, I decided to share my life’s work – with an accessible, palatable, fathomable practice to implement among cultures, the world-over: Modern Ayurveda.
Modern Ayurveda is a synthesis and combination of all the years of study and practice, so that through consistent self-care, consistent healing and proper treatment of the gut, we can all live longer, healthier, happier lives. That’s all we want, right?
With so many aspects of Ayurveda, can you help us break it down?
Put simply, Ayurvedic medicine is a system that is truly about prevention, healing, and wellness that fully incorporates the mind, body, and spirit. It a magnificent, ancient system of health and healing from India, practiced for more than 5,000 years, covering a handful of preventive and therapeutic areas like yoga, meditation, nutrition, herbology, pranayama breathing techniques, detoxification rituals, and spiritual study. Ayurveda teaches that our body, mind and spirit must be in alignment to have true balanced health with the goal of equilibrium, referred to today, as balance for the whole ‘self.’
How does it work in the day-to-day?
Ideally, we practice Ayurvedic Self Care rituals, the habits for healthy digestion and healthy metabolism, and building a healthy digestive fire – every single day of the week. But to start, I recommend a commitment of three days a week. I have found that when we overwhelm ourselves or overdo things, especially when new, we set ourselves up to never win. By starting with three days a week, building and practicing habits, soon, they will become routine and necessary fuel to nurture your mind, body spirit. Expanding ideally to seven days-a-week is optimum, once you’re comfortable with it.
What is a good first-step to begin?
With Modern Ayurveda, the best place to start is with self-care. Self-care is the act and discipline of taking care of yourself. Self-care means waking up in the morning, splashing your eyes with cold water to tell your body, “hey we are awake, now it is time to start the day fresh.” Another, is to utilize natural oils of coconut or sesame, by swishing in the mouth for 20 minutes each morning, pulling it between your teeth. You can also practice using a metal Tongue Cleaner that scrapes the tongue and detoxifies the body. It’s not only great for oral hygiene, it benefits our overall health! That simple, five-ten-minute routine kicks your self-care into gear for the day and any self-care you do after that is icing on the cake.
It’s a joy once you start doing it, and eventually, it becomes a necessity. I have found that self-care can be an anchor to creating the life that you want, because if you’re willing to take care of your own body, mind, spirit, you’re also willing to put yourself first and put your own desires first ahead of other life circumstances that may be happening. It’s a vehicle that allows you to put your spirituality first and boundaries in place for what you need to be your happiest and healthiest, whole self.
Are the techniques intimidating?
This was the basis of my approach. I created a movement called Modern Ayurveda, so people could truly integrate Ayurveda practices into their daily lives in a seamless way. Ayurveda has so many powerful self-care techniques and self-regulation techniques, and when implemented daily, it can be a cornerstone for prevention.
Modern Ayurveda –
Self-care Rituals – The easiest place to start.
Boosting a better metabolism through ‘digestive fire’ and how that contributes to optimal digestion.
Maintaining our weight or returning to our ideal weight with a healthy weight formula.
Implementing the use of doshas – the different body constitutions that we all have. If we live according to our body Constitution we can get back to normal or balance.
Self Care – The Core of Modern Ayurveda:
- touch the ground, touch your forehead upon waking and say thanks for a new day
- sit for morning meditation
- set your intention for the day – what is one thing you want?
- brush your teeth, use your tongue cleaner, then practice oil pulling
- dry brush the body
- abhyanga full oil massage to the body and hair
- yoga or stretching
- ginger lemon tea first thing in the morning
- bathe, healthy breakfast, start your day!
MAKE THIS A SEPARATE ART COMPONENT IN THE LAYOUT
The top 6 benefits of Modern Ayurveda:
1 Boost Agni or the digestive fire with easy simple steps to improve your digestion and improve your metabolism so you can feel better, prevent sickness, and digest your food better and have a metabolism that helps with weight management
- Practice potent, self-care rituals that are preventive, that detoxify the body but support you to look and feel your absolute best.
- Implement a healthy Weight Formula with simple steps we can use everyday that allow us to have healthier digestion that allow us to feel better, more satiated, and still bring our body back towards our ideal weight number.
- Utilize herbs and spices that are potent and powerful and can support you in living your absolute healthiest, strongest, most vibrant life
5 Live the mindset you need for success in health. Always running ourselves into the ground is not a good life plan – consider a life plan that allows you to be supported, to feel whole, to feel healthy, and to invest in your preventive health daily
6. Incorporate ancient wisdom with modern science so that you bring your body, mind and spirit back into balance.
If self-care is on point, if digestion is on point, if stress is in balance, if metabolism is on point = then this is a great equation for Optimal Health!
Dr. Shivani Gupta
Shivani is the founder of Fusionary Formulas, a line of Ayurvedic products fusing the east and west. Her natural, herbal designs of nature and science combat pain, inflammation, sugar and carb cravings, stress, anxiety, hormonal imbalance, and more. Ayurveda is her commitment shared, to living healthy every day.