I am severely behind on my posts, partially I blame Ayurveda. There have been plenty of times in my life where I learn something new, sometimes I get it right away, other times I sit there stunned as if I had been hit on the head…count my introduction to Ayurveda as part of the latter. I am slowing caging the birds flying around my head and getting a grasp on this practice but the process has been v….e…..r…..y slow.
A good friend of mine told me about Tim Lewis who practiced in Salt Lake City at Yoga Upstairs through Wasatch Ayurveda. I will be the first to admit that I did not do my homework prior to arriving. I assumed that we would be doing Ayurveda, a form of yoga. I arrived at the studio expecting to humiliate myself with my lack of balance but was met with a sort of counseling session instead.
Tim motioned me to sit in a chair across from his, he had a very calming and quiet disposition about him, with his legs crossed in his office chair he began to tell me about Ayurveda and how he came to practice and teach. In his early 20s he was on a destructive path, involved in drugs and living an unhealthy life. He found that Ayurveda gave him the tools and awareness to find more stability and peace.
A brief description of Ayurveda is a form of alternative medicine with the ultimate goal of healing imbalances. Many times, the root imbalance lies in the digestive system and in the mind.
The following was taken from the Chopra Center website: According to the Ayurvedic healing system, our mind-body constitution or dosha is determined at the moment of conception. Thus we are each born with a unique combination of the Vata, Pitta, and Kapha doshas that stays the same for the rest of our life. This is known as prakruti – a Sanskrit term that means “nature” or “the first creation.”
After a visual diagnosis of my face, hands and tongue Tim diagnosed me as a Pitta/Vata. He provided me with a report of findings, below you will find excerpts from this document.
Pitta: The balanced Pitta individual is blessed with a joyful disposition, a sharp intellect, and tremendous courage and drive. As the fire of the mind and body becomes unruly, however, the laughing Pitta quickly becomes the yelling Pitta. Anger, rage, and ego replace Pitta’s positive attributes, leaving an individual who is bitter with life and overbearing towards others.
Vata: The balanced Vata individual is active, creative, and gifted with a natural ability to express and communicate. When the wind in a Vata type rages like a hurricane, negative qualities quickly overshadow these positive attributes. Common signs of Vata imbalance include anxiety and bodily disorders related to dryness, such as dry skin and constipation.
Tim suggested I first focus on bringing balance to Vata, he indicated it was the first dosha out of balance and the easiest to bring balance back to. He stressed that it is essential to address vata at anytime we are making shifts in our lifestyle. Uh hello, that is exactly what I am doing! In addition to creating better sleep patterns Tim suggested I find peace and harmony in my home environment. He understood that I was currently without a home and indicated that this journey of mine was in direct conflict with what my balanced being needed. Sigh. I am not giving up this trip. If I need routine and a home it is going to have to come in the form of this blog and the people I am reconnecting with and meeting.
One of my favorite findings in Ayurveda is that it is believed that my dosha explains my aptness to put on weight, to protect myself, I know it isn’t the only reason for my weight but it is nice to have an ancient medicine understand my struggles.
I have a lot to learn about this ancient form of medicine before I fully understand my session with Tim but I am definitely interested in learning more, who doesn’t want to live a balanced life?
Take a look at the following YouTube video to get a better idea of what Tim is doing at Wasatch Ayurveda. We didn’t have time to delve this deep during my visit but I have to say after watching this video I wish I had time for the full treatment.