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.
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About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Foreword Dr. David Frawley ix
Introduction: The Art of Ayurveda lifestyle 1
Chapter 1 The Science and Spirituality of Ayurveda 23
Chapter 2 Celebrating an Awakened Sky 53
Chapter 3 The Importance of Elimination 89
Chapter 4 The Art of Naturally Sparkling Smiles 111
Chapter 5 The Delight of Oiling, Bathing, Sense Care, and Beauty Rituals 131
Chapter 6 Crafting Sacred and Seasonal Meals 175
Chapter 7 Sleep, Sex, and Exercise 217
A Final Word Releasing Healing Intentions into the Universe 253
Appendix 1 List of Recipes 257
Appendix 2 Healthy Elimination Resource Guide 259
Appendix 3 Oral Health Resource Guide 275
Appendix 4 The Ayurvedic Diet Resource Guide 285
Appendix 5 Glossary of Sanskrit Words 329
About the Author 359
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
“ 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.
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!
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.
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.