Ayurveda, having originated in India 5,000 years ago, is translated from Sanskrit to mean the 'science of life.' It is ancient system of holistic healing that balances spirit, mind and body. Ayurveda's definition of health is defined by the Sanskrit word 'svastha,' being a state in which the mind, soul and senses interact harmoniously to experience a feeling of self, wellness and bliss (excerpted from Banyan Botanicals "Intro to Ayurveda").
Primarily, we can be categorized by three body types referred to as Doshas. We can present as one dosha or, often, a combination of two doshas. At times, a person may present with all three body types, being called tri-doshic.
Vata Dosha represents Air and Ether in the body
Pitta Dosha represents Fire and Earth in the body
Kapha Dosha represents Earth and Water in the body
Depending on your body type, when imbalances occur either mentally, physically or both, the body type can be brought back into balance through changes to mindful lifestyle practices, diet and herbal supplementation.
Ayurveda encourages each of us to learn about our body types and how to stay healthy and balanced, offering us the gift of self-healing when we face occasional imbalances.
The owner, Susan, has studied Ayurveda for 18 years and incorporates daily Ayurvedic practices into her own life choices.
The store offers the following Ayurvedic products for self-healing and well-being:
Susan enjoys spending time with customers to both educate them about Ayurveda and partner with them to achieve balanced health.
In recent years in the West, there has been an increase in Meditative Mindfulness interest and practices on how to incorporate this into our daily lives to be present-in-the-moment, reduce stress, and--ideally--live a happier more content life. As the ancients have known for thousands of years, meditation is key to a healthy mind-state (subconscious) which leads to improved health in mind (conscious) and body.
Meditation is simply choosing, ideally, daily awareness of a focal point (known as one-pointedness) for a period of time to train the subconscious mind to 'be present.' Being present is a choice to control the mind to not be reactive or analytical. A focal point can be awareness of a candle's flame as you gaze at it, awareness of a flower's color as you gaze at the petals, awareness of your body in a yoga pose, or focusing only on your breath. Many who start meditating will often experience a mind that wanders, and that is ok; you simply bring your awareness back to your focal point. Over time, with repeated practice, you will train your mind to be still in awareness, the present moment, versus wander. Meditation does not require you become a Vedic Rishi or Buddhist Monk in which you master the art of meditation to receive deep and lasting benefits. One can even meditate during an outdoor walk, simply bringing awareness to either their feet touching the ground or their breathing.
There are many types of meditation. The owner, Susan, tends to blend positive psychology and Vedic meditative practices and, when discussing body imbalances with customers, will often recommend meditation be included in Ayurvedic lifestyle choices to remain balanced and in vibrant health. With the advance of technology, Western allopathic medicine is discovering how to measure data for those who meditate regularly. Heart Rate Variability (HRV, which is the time between heart beats) has been studied across different modes of meditation to find that those practice meditation regularly show higher HRV values (which is beneficial, as studies show the slower the heart rate, the less cumulative beats, the longer one can usually live). Other science-based benefits of daily meditation are: reduced stress, mitigated anxiety, enhanced emotional health, increased self-awareness, lengthened attention span, reduced age-related memory loss, improved kindness, strengthened immune system, improved sleep, pain reduction, and decreased blood pressure. And what is great is you can achieve this in as little as 15 minutes a day.
Seeing there was a community need for a mind-work place and with unused space in the store, Susan decided to pursue certification as a Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher and will soon be offering meditation sessions in the store those days or hours when the store is closed to shopping.