Acharya Shunya is an internationally renowned, Ayurvedic healer, teacher and scholar of Ayurveda. Shunya underwent 14 years of classical training and apprenticeship in Ayurvedic medicine at a traditional school (Gurukulam) of Ayurveda in India. Acharya Shunya is also the President of California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM), and in that role, she leads statewide campaign for Ayurveda education and legislation, and also hosts Ayurveda conferences at state and national level. Acharya Shunya is also the founder of Vedika Global, Inc. California-based non-profit foundation, which manages and promotes an awarded, international School of Ayurveda and Vedic Studies that imparts training in Ayurvedic Medicine and Public Health over a 5-year clinical program.
Ayurveda teaches the path of the fulfillment of individual dharma as a way to stay healthy spiritually, psychologically and physically. Disease strikes when we stray from the course of dharma. When the dharmik content of our thoughts and actions is denied, blocked or resisted by us, ill health at the physical, psychological, or spiritual level will manifest.
Incorporate all 6 tastes in your meal to keep your digestion regulated. Eat cooked foods while they are warm or hot. Take adequate time for food procurement, processing and cooking, imbuing it with your love and wholesome attention. Add Ayurvedic spices like ginger powder, coriander seeds, cumin, turmeric and saffron to your meals for improved digestion.
Ayurveda believes that the universe, including humans, are made up of 5 great elements (Pancha Mahabhutas) - Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. These elements combine together to form bio-psychic forces called Doshas which greatly determine our natural constitution, predispositions to health and influences our habits, hobbies, and spiritual inclinations.
According to Ayurveda, Triphala taken the night before can assist in everyday metabolism. Splashing face and eyes with cool water, brushing with herbal toothpastes, using copper tongue cleaners, practicing Yoga or Pranayama and massaging self with warm sesame oil before a bath are beneficial morning routines.
According to Ayurveda, people who blindly indulge in every craving will suffer sooner or later. One may be born with good health or good genes but slow and steady abuse of the body through consistent intake of detrimental foods and indulgence in self-destructive mental and social thoughts and activities result in depletion of the good health.
Massage with cooling oils like coconut and sesame. Take short naps for 30 min. Sleep under the night sky and reduce exercise. Soak 2 tbsp of semi-crushed coriander seed in 1 gal of water. Expose self to maximum moonlight. The cooling effects of the coriander and the moon will be imparted to the water. Sip it all day to cool your body in summer.
According to ayurveda, optimum digestion is our best ally in building our immunity because Oja is the essence of our digested food. Oja or the immunity principle is not a direct reflection of what we eat, but what we digest. When food is digested well, with minimum toxic side products then the quality of Oja produced is higher, leading to better wellbeing.
In Ayurveda, the human body becomes a powerful ground or field of a transformation of consciousness, and Oja or our immunity is the reward we reap. Developing healthy habits, living by disciplines, cultivating pleasant speech, practicing compassion towards all beings and creatures and doing active philanthropy are behavioral ways to boost immunity.