30 Days with Ayurveda

I’ve been interested in Ayurveda since I learned about it in yoga teacher training. What is Ayurveda, you ask? It’s the sister science to yoga that focuses on how you go about your day in order to maintain a balanced, healthy life.

I had been looking for reviews on how following an Ayurvedic lifestyle has impacted people, but there wasn’t much more than people eating an Ayurvedic diet for a short time, and I’m interested in taking on more than that. So I thought, I’ll do it myself and post about it here to hold myself accountable! I’m looking to see how including some aspects of Ayurveda in my day will affect my energy and skin, if I avoid sickness, and if I feel better in general.

Now a big part of doing this correctly means I need to know my leading dosha. The three doshas are elemental energies that, when adjusted specifically to your needs, result in your complete balance. It’s best to have a real Ayurveda practitioner evaluate this for you, but they are pretty expensive (and I don’t have any serious issues I’m trying to resolve), so I’ve taken quizzes to figure out whether I’m primarily Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. It’s just like a personality quiz!

The problem is that my results usually score the three pretty close together, and it changes depending on the quiz. So I’m going to take a more seasonal approach to how I’ll follow Ayurveda, and then make adjustments if I notice that it seems like one of the three doshas is out of balance.

It’s all about practice! Trial and error until I figure out what works for me!

So here’s my plan for the next 30 days:

  • Morning Routine
    • wake up at sunrise
    • meditate
    • practice asana
    • scrape tongue and brush teeth
    • drink warm water with lemon or herbal tea
  • Food
    • cook my meals, eating seasonally
    • avoid the microwave
    • balance the 6 tastes in meals (sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, astringent)
    • no snacking, wait 4 hours between meals
  • Nighttime Routine
    • oil massage 3 times a week
    • alternate nostril breathing before bed
    • in bed by 10pm

I’m going to do my best to stick to these! I’m most interested to see if waking up earlier will help my energy levels (I’m a notoriously long sleeper), and I think the most difficult will be figuring out how to include all six tastes in the foods I make. It seems I lean heavily on sweet tasting foods, so it will be an adventure to get in the rest! I’d also be more afraid of waking up at sunrise, but since it’s winter the sun rises pretty late. I’m easing into waking up early this way so that eventually I will (hopefully) be loving waking up before 6am!

Anyway, wish me luck and I’ll report back!

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