Welcome to Part 3 in our pregnancy series! If you haven't already, read Part 1 and Part 2 for how to help your pregnant clients set up a healthy diet and lifestyle plan. The rest of this article provides in-depth information into 5 herbal remedies that are used often in Ayurveda to support a healthy pregnancy and easy birth.
As an Ayurvedic practitioner you will likely come across clients who suffer from chronic acne. Read Part 1 of our acne series, where we go into detail about finding the root cause of skin disorders, the current medical approach and why it doesn't really work and the 3 different types of Doshic acne.
However Ayurveda came to be, it seems clear that the rishis who brought Ayurveda into the world did so out of compassion for humanity and a desire to relieve its suffering. Wherever, whenever and however Ayurveda first came about, it is a system of healing created to nourish our bodies, minds and souls from our toes up. And while the past is not as important as being fully present in this moment, it is important to know the beginnings of Ayurveda.
Being an Ayurvedic practitioner is an incredible way to give back to your community and the world. Helping even one person to change the way they live and eat can cause a ripple effect that ends up benefitting that person’s family and friends. But for these profound changes to occur you have to offer consultations that are clear, in-depth, positive and informative. You have to motivate your client to keep moving forward while at the same time letting them progress at their own pace without them feeling pressured to do too much at once.
Regardless of how I was introduced to Ayurveda, here’s the thing: I was introduced to Ayurveda at just the right time in my life. Only five years earlier I was on another trajectory studying Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, WA when my father was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. I knew instinctually that there had to be “another way” to access health and wholeness in mind, body, and spirit, but at the time I was not ready for the depth and breadth of self-care and purification practices offered by Ayurveda. It took the deeper work of finding stillness (sthira) and single pointed concentration (dhārana) on the yoga mat to be prepare me for my introduction to the Elements (mahabhutani) as Beings with whom I could enter into relationship. That was the shift that occurred that led me to study the science of Ayurveda as a healing practice.