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Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom: A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy
     

Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom: A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy

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by Acharya Shunya, David Frawley (Foreword by)
 

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An empowering guide to finding balance and restoring health in mind, body, and soul

Ayurveda teaches us that true health is our birthright—and that by artfully adapting to the rhythms of nature, we can bring ourselves back into balance and experience optimal well-being. Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is a groundbreaking work within the field of

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An empowering guide to finding balance and restoring health in mind, body, and soul

Ayurveda teaches us that true health is our birthright—and that by artfully adapting to the rhythms of nature, we can bring ourselves back into balance and experience optimal well-being. Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is a groundbreaking work within the field of holistic health and traditional yoga, written by internationally renowned Ayurvedic healer, teacher, and scholar Acharya Shunya.

Raised in a distinguished lineage of Vedic mystics and healers, Shunya learned the ancient art of Ayurveda directly from her grandfather, a well-known healer in Northern India. Here, she presents both an engaging narrative of her unique education, as well as a complete encyclopedia of Ayurvedic practices, recipes, and knowledge.

With Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom, Shunya maintains the integrity of Ayurveda’s traditional teachings while showing us how to integrate them into our modern lifestyles. Through her in-depth teachings, we learn to live in a way that supports our greatest health through daily ritual, nourishing food, spiritual practice, and self-care. Highlights include:

·         Detailed instructions for a nourishing daily routine, organized by time of day and aligned with seasonal changes

·         Clear, accessible guidance in the basic principles of Ayurveda, as transmitted through an uninterrupted lineage of Ayurvedic healers

·         Dozens of traditional recipes, along with advice for structuring your meals according to the season, your constitution, and your unique health needs

·         A treasury of lifestyle teachings and wellness practices—meditation and pranayama, exercise and yoga, connecting with nature, rituals for self-care and pleasure, daily cleansing routines, and working with the doshas (energetic body types)

·         An approach to healing both practical and spiritual—restore your body to health with holistic lifestyle guidance, rather than a list of rigid rules or do’s and don’ts

·         Beauty routines and rituals, including recipes for homemade scrubs, oil blends, gargles, and more

·         How modern lifestyles contribute to chronic disease, and how to restore vital health through Ayurveda

·         Experience greater physical energy, more joy, better sleep, increased sexual pleasure, improved digestion, stronger immunity, and many other benefits in mind, body, and soul

“This book that you are holding in your hand has the potential to change your state of health for the better, permanently,” writes Shunya. “Health is not a probability that you may achieve. It is a reality, an underlying natural state of being.”

Whether you’re looking for help with a specific health concern, or if you’d simply like to improve your overall well-being, in Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom you’ll finda treasury of Ayurvedic lifestyle teachings and wellness practices for every part of your day.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/13/2017
Shunya, president of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, says it was her “karma” to write an “authoritative bible of sorts” on Ayurvedic wisdom. Raised in India, Shunya studied Ayurveda under the tutelage of her grandfather, who was born in 1900 and served as his town’s Ayurvedic guide; throughout this informative text she weaves poignant stories and lessons learned from her highly esteemed relative and advisor. Ayurveda, Shunya explains, is a 5,000-year-old system that covers such topics as lifestyle, food, health, spirituality, meditation, and yoga. Her focus is on applying the ancient principles to modern life and she includes selected case histories from clients and students who believe Ayurveda helped them resolve a variety of issues (e.g., eating disorders, stress). Despite the range of applications Shunya cites, she cautions that Ayurveda is not “one size fits all,” and gives readers a number of guidelines. Shunya writes with passion and expertise; newcomers to Ayurveda will receive a comprehensive education, and long-standing practitioners can also delve more deeply into this wellspring of knowledge. This is an important addition to a “holistic approach to health” that readers will want to refer to time and again. (Feb.)
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“Shunya, president of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, says it was her “karma” to write an “authoritative bible of sorts” on Ayurvedic wisdom. Raised in India, Shunya studied Ayurveda under the tutelage of her grandfather, who was born in 1900 and served as his town’s Ayurvedic guide; throughout this informative text she weaves poignant stories and lessons learned from her highly esteemed relative and advisor. Ayurveda, Shunya explains, is a 5,000-year-old system that covers such topics as lifestyle, food, health, spirituality, meditation, and yoga. Her focus is on applying the ancient principles to modern life and she includes selected case histories from clients and students who believe Ayurveda helped them resolve a variety of issues (e.g., eating disorders, stress). Despite the range of applications Shunya cites, she cautions that Ayurveda is not “one size fits all,” and gives readers a number of guidelines. Shunya writes with passion and expertise; newcomers to Ayurveda will receive a comprehensive education, and long-standing practitioners can also delve more deeply into this wellspring of knowledge. This is an important addition to a “holistic approach to health” that readers will want to refer to time and again.” —Publishers Weekly

“This is the ultimate guidebook for optimizing your self-care habits…Shunya makes Ayurvedic ideas and practices completely accessible.” —Bustle

“Acharya Shunya is one of the extraordinary teachers of the living, embodied wisdom of Ayurveda. She transmits it through the roots of her family lineage as well as throughout Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom. She is a model of how to access the healing power of nature within.” —Shiva Rea, author of Tending the Heart Fire
 
Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is a valuable companion for those wishing to understand and apply holistic concepts of health and healing to real-life challenges. You will find many pearls of wisdom that will inspire you to a mindful and positive lifestyle.” —Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS MD (Ayurveda), and author of The Hot Belly Diet
 
“Acharya Shunya has gifted all of us with her story of learning Vedic wisdom from her grandfather, Baba, as a very young girl. Baba’s timeless wisdom is woven throughout Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom as Shunya teaches us all the pearls of Ayurveda, Baba through Acharya, and now to us.” —John Douillard, author of Eat Wheat; Body, Mind, and Sport; and The 3-Season Diet
 
“Shunya offers us a path that integrates body with mind and spirit, showing us the secrets of Ayurvedic daily practice, self-care, and much more. This is a book to cherish, consult often, and use throughout your life.” —Sally Kempton, author of Awakening Shakti and Meditation for the Love of It
 
“Acharya Shunya shares with us a prescription to optimize our health in a clear and straightforward fashion, giving each of us the power to change our lives.” —James R. Doty, MD, clinical professor of neurosurgery and director at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University School of Medicine
 
Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom rings out like a temple bell and shines like the sun at dawn. A healing balm for our distracted lives, it offers us easy-to-implement, practical Ayurvedic guidance for healthy living every day. It boldly inspires us to claim our inherent healing power and shows us how to do it. You won’t want to put this book down, and fortunately, we don’t have to because its wisdom continues to whisper in our inner ear, like Acharya Shunya’s beloved Baba: ‘Your life is sacred; remember, you can live that way.—Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian, spiritual director at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment and author of Living the Eternal Way: Spiritual Meaning and Practice for Daily Life
 
“Reading this book is an enchantment. This is a rare and refreshing appearance of the heart and soul of Ayurveda, alongside the body of wisdom in a modern lifestyle book. Enough story to relate easily and enough tools to transform your experience of life, and finally, finally, a book on Ayurveda that speaks to all the parts of us.” —Siva Mohan, MD, founder of AyurvedaBySiva.com, founder of Veda MeLA, and board member of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine
 
Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is a poetic and inspiring journey through the joy of life deeply rooted in a millennia-long tradition. With Ayurveda and the way Shunya explains it, life is an art, a wisdom, and the embodiment of a tradition going far back in time. Acharya Shunya brings that tradition back to life in the twenty-first century.” —Alain Touwaide, PhD, cofounder and scientific director at the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions
 
Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is the ultimate practical guide that promises to reconnect you to the fundamental truth of your spiritual nature and the divine cosmic laws of balance, rhythm, seasonal detox, and so much more. Shunya’s deep-seated knowledge about Ayurveda, and her compassionate and warmhearted writing gave me the confidence to try her suggestions about losing weight and getting better sleep and eliminating heartburn. It all worked—when nothing else would!” —Meg Jordan, PhD, chair of the Department of Integrative Health and Human Sexuality, California Institute of Integral Studies
 
“With this highly readable and eminently practical book, Acharya Shunya illuminates Ayurveda in all its fullness—not just a collection of remedies for preventing and treating disease, but a holistic system that draws from its venerable sister sciences, yoga and Vedanta, to address all facets of human life. Every household should own a copy.” —Philip Goldberg, author of American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga andMeditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West
 
“A beautifully written book that offers a unique perspective of the simple and effective diet and lifestyle changes from Ayurveda that you can make to achieve better health.” —Diana I. Lurie, PhD, professor of neuropharmacology at the University of Montana and editor-in-chief of the Ayurveda Journal of Health
 
Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom encourages us to explore all aspects of our lives as they contribute to health. Acharya Shunya’s explanations are comprehensive, clear, passionate, and often poetic. They offer us opportunities to reconsider assumptions of what we consider ‘normal’ in our daily lives and show us how to gradually achieve health-enhancing change.” —Ricki Pollycove, MD, author of The Pocket Guide to Bioidentical Hormones
 
“Acharya Shunya, a well-respected Ayurvedic teacher and practitioner, acquired this authentic knowledge from her grandfather and guru shri Baba, distilled it through her personal experience and practice, and observed the transformative effect of this knowledge. Now she shares that eternal knowledge through this book with stories and examples that are easy to follow and put into practice. This book serves as an invaluable resource for anyone who is embarking on a journey to restore vibrant health, and as a source of inspiration to those who have already embarked on that transformative journey.” —Dhaval Dhru, MD, Ayurveda chair at Bastyr University and president of the board of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association
 
“I love how Shunya weaves together easy-to-understand, health-focused practices that are deeply rooted in ethical and socially responsible interventions, which are good for both our inner health and outer relationships. This is a must-read that belongs in every home and on the reading table of everyone who wants to lead a natural, healthy, and happy life.” —Richard Miller, PhD, author of iRest Meditation: Restorative Practices for Health, Resiliency, and Well-Being 

“Acharya Shunya takes you home in this fascinating, detailed guide to proactive health practices through the principles of Ayurveda. She conveys profound, time-proven knowledge in this passionate, step-by-step guide that can be easily embraced by all, at any age, for a life of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony.” —Peter Z. Wasowski, founder and CEO of Vasper Systems, NASA Ames Research Park

Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom offers a way of living that promotes continued well-being for those who are healthy and a path back to health for those who have been unwell. Acharya Shunya skillfully guides the reader in incorporating these time-tested health practices to create a balanced state of natural resiliency.” —Anand Dhruva, MD, associate professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

“This is a masterpiece book that should be an essential for every Ayurvedic practitioner, health care professionals, and all the patients with chronic diseases, who will find themselves coming back to the text time and time again for deeper study and practice.” —Dilip Sarkar, MD, president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)

“A unique and profound guide to healing as well as the art balancing life energies, this book presents an elegant and practical approach to health and well-being appropriate for anyone.” —James Kelleher, cofounder of the American Council of Vedic Astrology and author Path of Light: Volumes I and II
 
Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is a pleasure to read and inspiring in its mission to provide the tools with which we can reclaim our lives. The book highlights a spiritually and ecologically conscious, ethically grounded, health-centered rather than disease-focused Ayurvedic method, with extensive information and pragmatic instructions that make it easy to follow the counsel within.” —Rita D. Sherma, PhD, chair of hindu studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Dharma Studies
 
“Have you ever wondered what you would have learned if you were raised by an Ayurvedic guru? Acharya Shunya shares her experience in growing up in family of Ayurvedic sages and carrying on the healing traditions in the United States. She shares her best family stories, recipes, and authentic Ayurvedic lifestyle wisdom in her book, which is sure to become a classic of students of Ayurveda around our Earth.” —Cate Stillman, founder of Yogahealer.com and author of Body Thrive
 
Ayurveda LifestyleWisdom by Acharya Shunya beautifully unfolds the ancient Ayurvedic wisdom in an experiential manner relevant to our contemporary lifestyles.” —Yogini Shambhavi Devi, co-director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies in Santa Fe and author of Yogini: Unfolding the Goddess Within
 
“In this gorgeous book, Acharya Shunya combines stories of the lessons she learned from her family with her years of experience training students and coaching clients. The combinations of stories, recipes, practices, and rituals is a superb addition to the bookshelf of any seeker. Acharya Shunya offers the advice of a trusted sister, whose dedication to Ayurveda shines through every page.” —Felicia Tomasko, editor-in-chief of LA Yoga magazine and president of the Bliss Network

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622038275
Publisher:
Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/2017
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
105,257
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Acharya Shunya

Acharya Shunya is an internationally recognized spiritual teacher who awakens health and consciousness through Ayurveda lifestyle and Vedic spiritual teachings. She is founder of Vedika Global, a wisdom school and spiritual community in California, and is President of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. For more, visit acharyashunya.com.

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Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom: A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
This is an excellent book for newbies and veterans of Ayurveda. Well organized and easy to read. The book is formatted in a way that makes a dense subject easy to understand with diagrams, pictures, tables, ... It's so packed with information (like a textbook) but easy to use as a reference; easy to find a particular topic and flip to it. Read the entire book, but keep it around for quick access to specific topics. The content in this book is among the most accurate and comprehensive I've ever seen on Ayurveda. I highly recommend it if you've got any life issues you'd like to get sorted out. The how-to instructions for creating a balanced and vibrant life is in this book.
Anonymous 9 months ago
This will be my treasure book! It is beautifully written, touched my heart, is wonderfully organized and will help one to heal and to stay healthy and happy. Excellent resource for practitioners as well as those just getting into ayurveda.
Lakshmi 9 months ago
The only book on Ayurveda you'll ever need. Easy-to-read and easy to implement steps by a learned, compassionate teacher This Ayurvedic book is written in such a compassionate, intelligent, and eco-responsible way and I am very happy to have it on my shelf. I feel like I’ve just been given a hundred new ways to love and nurture myself. The author’s own personal examples show that she is a contemplative teacher who constantly lives the practices she writes about. The conversations she has with her grandfather, who was also a master of this knowledge, feel like pieces of contemplative poetry that I’ll come back to again and again. And I also admire the intelligent way she gives us an extensive and scientific account of how and why this system works. The sections that show how your daily foods can not only support your health, but also your mind, are so interesting and well written. Beginners to advanced Ayurvedans will be able pick up the book and learn from this wealth of information. It is an authentic and grounded combination of soul, mind, and body medicine. It doesn’t feel like “work” when I read this book - all of the inspirational stories and examples make my mind actually look forward to creating new habits and doing more for myself. The author takes beautiful Ayurvedic teachings and brings them to life for our own modern times. And most importantly to me, she shows how we can have less impact on the environment while becoming healthier. A line that really struck me was, “You deserve health. When you follow Ayurvedic injunctions on right living, eating, thinking, sex, exercise, sleep, and leisure, you will be living a lifestyle that is resonant with Nature’s intelligence.” And I definitely desire to be more aligned with Nature, especially after having lived for so many years in a major metropolitan city. The recipes I’ve tried – spiced milk, opo and milk pudding, homemade cream of wheat – are fast and easy to make. Not to mention, healthy AND delicious. The foodie part of me gets to be very satisfied and the scientist part of me gets to understand why they are healthy. Every time I open this book, I find another gem to try. After having bought and read many books in this area, I feel I can highly recommend this book as a first choice for anyone seeking a new, healthy journey!
ShivaniM 9 months ago
Fascinating conversation on health, lifestyle, consciousness! I found this book inviting me to look at health and disease anew. With her insights, her own journey and stories, the author Acharya Shunya has facilitated this discussion in an easy to follow, contemplative style. I liked how the Ayurvedic vocabulary has been introduced to the reader, in a natural, relevant way. I feel I can access the Ayurvedic wisdom shared in this book, in any part of my life where I want to make a positive change. This book is the beginning of a deep conversation between Ayurveda and myself in the pursuit of lasting health and happiness. Through the book, the author empowers readers with many practical wisdom teachings and tools. No matter where you are in life, the lived experience that talks to you in these pages, is your ally in understanding and practising healthful living. But, at the same time, it is more than a prescriptive book of 'do's and don't's'. The book is engaging our consciousness. In the spirit of an ongoing discussion, Acharya Shunya asks us to examine our beliefs. 'Are we ultimately expecting our environment to foot the bill of natural medicine?' It questions the bondage to disease consciousness. Sometimes people feel that they are genetically predisposed to certain diseases and are just waiting to manifest it at some time in their life. So they give away the power they have in the present. They do not see a way to counteract their impending ill health. I felt this book is a light to show a way out of that tunnel. The book declares and explains how physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health are intertwined. Not only that, but the health of the human being and that of the planet are linked. Wow ! When we appreciate and live with Nature's rhythms, we will not be at loggerheads with her. Unity consciousness! Ayurveda is that science which illustrates this reality. And this book does it justice. I now look at disease as a signal to check and prune and beautify life, which gets healed with conscious lifestyle, diet and behavioural choices. Disease can become unnecessary when we start to self regulate and eschew a life of excesses and unconsciousness. Truly a light on health and consciousness, a book to cherish. I keep going back to the book, as my understanding opens up at more levels.
Taijidancer 9 months ago
Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom offers extraordinary support for anyone desiring to reflect more on their lifestyle and nutrition - and to make significant changes. Grateful to have the wisdom of Ayurveda readily available I was immediately drawn to the information about one's sleep cycle and the description of the morning practices that she recommends. I've started doing Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) and Gayatri Mantra each morning. Am feeling the positive influence throughout the day - and recognize the transformative potential in utilizing more of these wise teachings. I'm inspired ! Gratitude to Acharya Shunya and all the elders before her for passing these on to us.
Anonymous 9 months ago
This is such a special book, I am so happy I purchased it. To hear such an empowering and sweet invitation to health in this day is rare, and Acharya Shunya's message of "Awakening Health" is something so important and life-changing. Even just flipping through this book, you can feel the love and care, from generations of lives. This book is an invitation to health, and an invitation to redefine how we understand our health: something more lasting, something inherent rather than achieved. This is a message the world needs to hear and I am so happy to keep sharing this book with my family and loved ones! Honestly, even just for the remedies and recipes this book is worth it. The accessible teachings and beautiful stories make it even more special. BUY THIS BOOK. Buy it for yourself, buy it for your loved ones. Heck, even buy it for your enemies because this perhaps could even make them sweeter.
Anonymous 9 months ago
This book is incredibly helpful in decoding the science of Ayurveda and bringing it directly into day-to-day living. If you want to a guidebook to optimal health this is it.
Amrita33 9 months ago
“ Ayurveda is a noble gift for all humanity.” says Acharya Shunya . - And so is her beautiful, much – needed book on how we can see again - or perhaps for the very first time – that our true nature is that of health and goodness and that we can consciously chose to experience it and claim as our birthright. It is a gift of that magnitude –from the all -encompassing definition of health ( hint: so much more then the absence of symptoms!) to the precise, step-by-step ways to evoke and maintain that health. The book covers all areas of our daily living – from the moment we wake up and focus our eyes on something uplifting to how much water we really need, to how we go about optimally nourishing our bodies, senses and the mind, to how we truly rest at night. As someone who spent untold hours in the dental chair and then a small fortune paying for that misery, I was overjoyed reading “The Art of Naturally Sparkling Smiles’ and the “ Oral Health Resource Guide “. There is such wealth of Ayurvedic remedies and preventive measures at my disposal now ! There are no unanswered questions, no dogma of “ you should or shouldn’t “, no stern admonitions. Only a beautiful invitation to synchronize your life with the life all around , with the rising and setting Sun, with the changing seasons, with the Nature always showing us the way. The invitation to listen to the voice of Acharya Shunya and her beloved Baba and the countless generations of the Ayurvedic teachers and healers before them sharing this immense body of knowledge on how to live an authentic, healthy, vibrant life . The invitation to be cognizant of our highest potential and the responsibility to live up to it – to be like the Sarayu River, flowing, strong, carrying blessings. So here is to your health. Do claim your gift.
Siddhi 9 months ago
I'm so excited that my copy arrived a few days ago. I had pre-ordered it months ago and have been anxiously awaiting it's release! It is even more than I dreamed it would be. It is beautiful written, making it so easy to read. As my friends and family know I have been studying, practicing and living Ayurveda for almost a decade now! I'm so excited about this book because it makes Ayurveda accessible to everyone! It is a practical guide that shares simple changes you can incorporate easily into your day-to-day life, like adjusting the time you go to bed and wake up in the morning, which will have a huge impact on your health. Also included are yummy recipes, and real life examples of specifically how this knowledge has changed peoples' lives for the better! I encourage you to gift yourself a copy of Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom! I guarantee you won't regret it. This knowledge has improved my life in so many ways and I know it will benefit you and those you love too!
lauraq 9 months ago
A beautiful story about the writer’s life and family lineage. This book really inspired me to make a shift and transformed my perspective on life, health, and connection- especially connection to nature. It provides realistic tools I can actually implement, in order to feel more in tune with my body, mind, spirit and truly connected with the world. It is the perfect read (or gift for someone) looking to make a positive shift.
ananta1 10 months ago
I am so grateful for this book, which is as touching and heartfelt as it is practical and informative. This book takes you on a journey to another time and space, to experience what it was like for the author to learn Ayurveda from Baba, a living master, while she was growing up in India. This was really fascinating, as I've never been able to learn directly about Ayurveda from someone who has actually lived it her whole life. It brought the science of Ayurveda to life in a way that I've also never read in another Ayurveda book (and I have read quite a few!). The practical examples and case studies the author shares are fascinating and inspiring. It's hard to pick a favorite chapter, but if I had to do so, I would probably choose the second chapter, on celebrating an awakened sky. While waking up earlier is not an easy thing to do, and it took me some time to start doing this, remembering the beautiful passages Acharya Shunya has shared about the value of this, along with morning practices to do when rising that don't take that much time but are really powerful, inspired me to start waking up earlier, and it feels so great to do that and the practices she shares! It was so interesting to learn about the different personalities of the six tastes that Ayurveda introduces. I had never thought of the tastes of my food as having personalities, but that really helped me see my food in a whole new way, and to develop a different relationship with my meals, which has been awesome. I was amazed at how inspiring the chapter on Ayurveda's oral health practices were. I really did not expect to cry when reading about brushing your teeth in the morning! But the way Acharya Shunya describes learning about the art of dental hygiene in Ayurveda from her grandfather, Baba, has such an immediacy that really touched my heart and also changed the way I approach morning routines I once found really boring and mundane. I now follow all of those oral hygiene practices, and found myself pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to put into action. It's so great to know why I am doing what I am doing - that knowledge makes such a difference. This book is so rich and beautiful. It is a treasure of Ayurveda wisdom that I am looking forward to reading and referring back to often.