5 Days Of Ayurveda | Try Living With Lucie | Refinery29

I’m Lucie Fink and this is 5-days of Ayurveda. Hey YouTube! Welcome back to another 5-day challenge. If your new to Refinery’s YouTube channel
click on the little subscribe button in the corner. And now we’re about to go on a journey. My yoga teacher once mentioned Ayurveda in
class a few months ago and I really wanted to learn more about it so over the summer
when I was in LA I picked up a book at a yoga shop and it was this book right here called
“The Idiot’s Guides to Ayurveda”. Little did I know and this is one of those
instances where I think the universe sometimes just works in mysterious ways. But the author of this book Sahara Rose is
actually the same person whose podcast I’ve been listening to for the past few months. Some might call that a coincidence but I say
that the universe really, really wants me to connect with and learn from this girl. Yoga is a spiritual practice the word yoga
means to yoke to become one with universal conscience. Where is Ayurveda is the predecessor and it
says okay how are you going to be enlighten when your digestive system is hurting and
your back hurts and your anxious and you have all of these
issues in the body and in the mind. So, yoga is really a spiritual practice and
Ayurveda is the practice of the body and mind. Okay starting with the basics for people out
there who have never even heard the word Ayurveda before let me break it down for you. Ayur is the Samskrita word for life and veda
means science or knowledge so the word Ayurveda literally means the science of life. And that is exactly was Ayurveda is, it’s
a 5000-year-old medical system from ancient India that explores the science
of healing and the longevity of life. You might be sitting there thinking, this
topic sounds kind of mystical maybe a little nebulous. Trust me when I first brought this up with
my family a few months ago, they thought I was talking about horoscopes or astrology
or something like that. But Ayurveda is not magic. It’s not mysticism. It’s a science and it’s actually very interesting. Ayurveda is a sister science of yoga so while
the real purpose of yoga is to achieve real spiritual enlightenment. The purpose of practicing Ayurveda is to achieve
health, and the idea is that unless you have your
health in order there’s no chance that you’re gonna to get to that state of experiencing
spiritual enlightenment. So, let’s dive into it— so according to
Ayurveda there are 5 natural elements found on earth: fire, water, earth, air, and aether
or space. These elements come together inside of our
bodies in unique combinations that form the 3 doshas or 3 different kind of energies. vata, pitta and kapha. I’ll let Sahara explain it a little further. People who are high in vata they have airy
personalities, they’re creative, eccentric, they think
outside the box. But sometimes that air can turn into a tornado and they can get anxious and could have trouble sleeping. In the body if you have a lot of air in your
stomach you feel boated, gassy, constipated— you may have cold hands or cold feet or dry
skin. Pitta is the fiery dosha people who have fiery
personalities they are goal orientated, ambitious, hardworking, structured, organized, routine. But, when someone cramps their style they
get angry and frustrated, irritated when people aren’t moving as fast as them they literally
can’t deal. Your stomach is called an agni which means
your internal fire, so if you have too much fire it’s going to start moving up and you
experience heart burn. So you feel acidic you may have ance because
that’s heat trying to leave your body, rashes, rosacea really sensitive skin. Kapha in the mind, you are an earth mama you’re
grounded, you’re calm you are connected to the natural cycles. You give give give and you have that motherly
energy, but often times you put other people in front
of yourself. But over time that can make you feel resentful
and stuck in the past and unable to make change and in the body, it’s going to reflect that. So you’re going to feel heavy, lethargic,
stuck weight gain, especially the lower body the hips and thighs. So we all have a little bit of each dosha
in us, but it’s helpful to understand which dosha is our dominate dosha. And if you can’t already tell which is you’re
dominate dosha based on the descriptions there’s a 15-minute quiz on Sahara’s website
eatfeelfresh.com. I’ve taken this quiz many times and my results
show that I’m primarily a vata and a little bit of pitta and less kapha energy inside
of me and I do truly exhibit most of the characteristics of a classic vata person. But I do need to make sure to add some of
that kapha grounding energy into my life, otherwise I can become too vata, I can become too restless and my hands and feet are always freezing. So, step one for you if you go any further
into exploring Ayurveda take the quiz and find out what your dosha is. Ayurveda doesn’t see the day as a 24-hour
period, with 12 hours in the morning and 12 hours in the evening. Instead it divides the 24-hour day into six
four-hour time chucks and each of these four-hour time blocks corresponds to one of the doshas. You’re able to figure out exactly what you
should be doing and what you should be eating according to what dosha it is at that time of day. So I spent Tuesday living out a full day according
to the Ayurveda clock. First and foremost, Ayurveda recommends waking
up at 6 am and rising as the sun is rising. In this first chuck from 6-10am is kapha time
as we learned about the kapha dosha it is very grounded and peaceful and that is exactly
what this time of day should feel like. Start your day slowly, meditate, eat a very
nourishing meal, it’s all about self-care. From 10am to 2pm we are now entering pitta time, now remember pitta is all about fire and energy so this is the time of day when you’re supposedto get your most difficult tasks done. This time of the day is when the sun is the
highest in the sky which according to Ayurveda means our digestive systems are the most powerful. So apparently lunch should be your biggest
meal of the day. 2pm to 6pm is vata time, this is my time to
shine—our nervous systems are the most active in this time zone so this is when we should
be tapping into our creativity. Writing, drawing, painting, designing, you
name it. 6 to 10pm we’re back in another kapha time
zone and now remember 6 to 10am was also kapha and it was all about slowly winding up for
the day— 6 to 10pm is all about winding down for the
day. After eating dinner on the early side it’s
time for us to start powering down and turning off our technology do a face mask, practice
all the self-care in the world. And get your body ready to sleep. So yes according to Ayurveda you should be asleep by 10pm but if your anything like me and you’re a bit of a night owl sometimes you can stay
up past what I like to call your tired window and when I pass that window I get this second
burst of energy. That’s because from 10pm to 2am you’re
entering pitta time and just like that first pitta time zone from 10am to 2pm this is another
burst of energy and alertness. Think about the late nights you might’ve
spent on a paper or an assignment for school. It’s also no coincidence that bars and clubs
are often open from 10am to 2am because it’s right in that pitta time zone where people
are really energetic and wanna go out. And then at 2am we enter another vata time
zone so just like the first vata time zone this is a very powerful and creative time. Most people are actually asleep from 2am to
6am which means makes sense because when we’re sleeping we’re actually dreaming and we’re
in a very creative state. But if you happen to be awake think of the artist that stays awake splashing paint on the canvas or the yogis that wake up super early to meditate
in this time zone because 2 to 6am is a real creative time when we’re tapped in to our imagination
and our spiritual sides. Of course we all have different lives we have different schedules no one is going to be able to follow the Ayurvedic clock perfectly,
but if you try to incorporate some of these philosophies into your everyday life you might see improvement in your quality of your sleep, your digestive system and also your overall energy levels. Food and digestive are two of the major pieces
of the Ayurvedic puzzle. There are certain types of foods that your
told either to eat or to avoid based on your dosha to make sure that your dosha is balanced. For example, when my vata is out of balanced
and I’m feeling especially cold or I’m experiencing insomnia
I found some vata pacifying recipes to help ground me and I actually made one of these
recipes on Wednesday’s. A homemade butternut-squash soup a major cornerstone of Ayurveda is the idea that food is medicine. So instead of eating whatever you want now,
and taking medicine later to fix diseases Ayurveda sees the food on your plate everyday
as your daily prescription. Ayurveda looks as your digestive system as
a fire that is burning inside you and you want to keep this fire burning inside you
burning brightly because when it’s like that your digestive system is working properly. But when that digestive fire is either to
weak or too strong it can manifest in various ways through out the body. And yes this is a physical reference to hot
and cold foods so warmer cooked foods can heat up that digestive fire, whereas cold and raw foods weaken or can literally put out your digestive fire. Vata’s like me tend to have irregular digestive
so Ayurveda wants them to eat warming cooked foods to heat up that digestive fire. Pittas have sharp and fiery digestive so they
should favor cooling and cleansing ingredients. Kapha’s often have dull digestive fires
they should enjoy vibrant and well spiced meals. You can eat tridoshically which means
it balanced all three doshas, I lived with two Ayurvedic doctors for two years in India and we all like the same food regardless of what our dosha is. You just have to take out the foods that would imbalance a certain dosha. I stay focused on the tastes, make sure your
eating the 6 tastes of Ayurveda: Sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. Thursday for me was all about exploring some
classic Ayurvedic rituals and also following a schedule that Sahara suggested. I woke up at 6am I sat right here in my bed
and I stretched gently and I gave myself sometime to just think about my dreams, think about
what I’m grateful for. Then I went into the bathroom. I splashed myself with water.I brushed my teeth. I tried the Ayurvedic practice of tongue scraping,
according to Ayurveda the white coating that you see on your tongue in the morning is toxicity
that has built up there overnight. In a Refinery29 article a dentist shares that
bacteria on your tongue can cause plaque buildup, resulting in tooth decay and gum disease. The amazing thing is you are able to see what doshas
are out of balance by looking at your tongue. Your noticing your having some cracks on your
tongue that’s a vata imbalance. So if you’re noticing you have a red tip on your
tongue that’s a pitta imbalance. If you’re noticing your tongue is really,
really coated in white that’s a that’s a kapha imbalance. After scraping my tongue I did some
oil pulling which is something I myself did a bunch in the past year. Oil pulling is basically Ayurvedic mouth wash
and while I typically use coconut oil which is very cooling and great for pittas, I switched over to sesame oil which is warming and great for vatas. While swishing the oil in my mouth I boiled
some water for a hot tea and made myself a loaded avacdo toast breakfast. I spent the day relaxing and reading and then
at night I practiced some Ayurvedic nightly rituals, I turned off my phone nice and early,
I lit some candles so I could turn my actual lights down and then I dried brushed my
skin. And lastly I tried a self-oil massage practice
called ‘Abhyanga’ I used sesame oil again since it’s warming a great for vata’s. I heated it up over the stove and then once
again between my hands before I rubbed it between into my skin in long stroke towards my heart. When I was first learning about Ayurveda and it’s various practices and rituals I myself have realized that I myself have been practicing Ayurveda in various forms
for years now such as, using a Nettie pot, mediating, drinking ginger tea, or
practicing breathing exercises. You might see too that you too have been practicing
Ayurveda all along. I’ve now given you a ton of information
but there’s one more system that I want to touch on before wrapping this up. The chakra system these are seven energy systems
in our bodies that according to ancient Ayurvedic wisdom are each associated with a different
function. Your root charka at the base of your spine
is in charge of security and stability, your sacral chakra just below your naval is your
source of sensual and creativity, your solar plexus holds your sense of self
– it’s your identity and your personality. The heart chakra is all about love and the
ability to give it and receive it. The throat chakra is your voice box and it allows you to communicate your message, your third eye is related to intuition and lastly your crown chakra is in charge of learning
and connecting to the universe on a higher level. If any of these energy centers are blocked
up you might be feeling some physical manifestations with that, for example
you might feel cut off from your emotions if your sacral chakra is out of balanced,
or you can feel low self-esteem if your solar plexus is depleted and you can do certain
things to help rebalance these charkas such as, reciting mantras to rebalance your throat
chakra. Or spending more time outdoors to balance
your root chakra there are tons of books out there about the chakra’s and if you feel
called to do so I highly recommend you go and pick it up and read further. I know this episode was jammed packed but for me
it was a week filled with some of the happiest and most relaxing activities in the whole
world. Now that I’ve successfully practiced Ayurveda for 5 days on Friday I got back into the yoga
studio and started flowing again. This video just starches the surface of Ayurveda
and I’m gonna be honest I read this entire book cover to cover, so I know there are so
so much deeper we ca go here and if you’re interested in learning more I highly recommend you go and pick up Sahara’s book the ‘Idiots Guide to Ayurveda’. Thanks so much for watching! Comment below to let me know what you want
to see me explore next time! Bye guys! Hey YouTube thank you for watching 5 Days
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