We all need nourishment in our lives. We just have to figure out how that manifests for us. Ayurveda gives many tools for individuals to explore with. All it takes is for you to find out what works for you. I think that's my favorite part of Ayurveda--it's uniqueness from person to person. There is no right or wrong or one way of doing and seeing things. It all varies from person to person.
Nourishment is key to a happy, healthy, and holistic life. This obviously comes in many forms. We need to make sure we are nourishing our bodies with proper food and diets, proper exercise routines, and even proper spiritual practices. Again, this varies from person to person.
Here are some different techniques that I use in my own life to ensure proper nourishment for me! Try some of the different methods and see if any works for you!
- Breath Work. Pranayama (or breathing exercises) are a great way to start your morning, or to do throughout your day. One of the best ways to do this is by simply taking deep inhales and exhales. Focus on filling your entire belly and lungs. Bring your attention to places that your break gets stuck and try sending your energy there.
- Eat Fresh Foods. Try and eliminate processed foods from your diet and stick to fresh foods. The best (and in my opinion, the easiest) way to do this is to stick to the outside aisles of the grocery store where all of the produce and dairy items are. The more you go towards the middle of the grocery store, expect more processed foods. Also, limit the amount of left-overs you eat throughout the week. Fresher is always better.
- Journal. I have found that journaling is a really great way to express what's on your mind and in your heart in an easier way. It doesn't matter what you journal about--sometimes I journal about things that I'm grateful for, sometimes it's a random thought or idea in my head that I want more clarity on, and sometimes it's just rambling. Whatever it is, it's all good for you!
- Find a hobby. Start dabbling in hobbies and extracurriculars that you love, or maybe something from childhood that you stopped once you went to college or got a job. My husband recently started taking guitar classes again, and he absolutely loves it! I'm trying to reconnect to my painting and drawing. A little time-out to do things that you love is always a great medicine.
- Spend time with family and friends. Community is so essential to our over well-being. Even if it's going for a walk with a friend, or watching a movie with your significant other, all of it is so great. There is this concept of "biological allies", which talks about how we are naturally made to find solace in others. Take advantage of this!
- Go Outside. Spring is the best time to spend some time outside. Taking in fresh air and soaking in some sun is nothing but all goods for you. There is nothing that says refresh like being outside. And you don't have to do anything super strenuous either. Have a seat on your porch in the evenings, go for an early morning walk, throw a frisbee around with your family, garden--just do something! Being in nature, and especially your own environment is super grounding to your body. It's a great way to re-center and get back in touch with yourself.
These are just a few ideas that I try to incorporate into my own life as much as possible. Experiment with some things on your own, and share what works for you! What nourishes you?
To learn about other Ayurvedic techniques on ways to nourish yourself, contact me, and let's talk!