Ayurveda, the science of life - interview with Dhanya Nambiar
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This month we're talking to Dhanya Nambiar, certified Ayurvedic Advisor, to help shed some light on this ancient Indian practice.
Ayurveda has been in and out of popular culture for many years , but I’ve read that it’s been in practice in India for hundreds of years. Can you tell us a bit about its origins?
Dhanya: Ayurveda translates as the science of life in Sanskrit, and was originally part of the Vedic (which translates as wisdom) texts written thousands of years ago in India. From the time of its origins, Ayurveda has continuously evolved with many different texts and translations expanding upon the original knowledge. Yoga and Ayurveda are complimentary sciences that were traditionally used to elevate and purify the mind, body and spirit in preparation for meditation.
Ayurveda is a form of traditional medicine and is still the primary form of medicine practiced in India today. Ayurveda works on the principles of being in tune with nature, such as living in accordance with the seasons, and maintaining a healthy balance through diet, sleep and routine. Like many traditional forms of medicine, Ayurveda emphasises preventive care, and uses the wisdom of nature through food, herbs and spices.
Popular culture is often driven by celebrities, marketing and social media trends. These are sometimes useful, but many come and go because they are not balanced or sustainable. Ayurveda has been, and will continue to be around for many, many years as it is a comprehensive life science that Western medicine is only now beginning to catch up with. For example, Ayurveda has long known about the gut-brain connection, the importance of mindfulness, the benefits of a (largely) plant-based diet, and genetics/ epigenetics.
Next week we ask Dhanya about the increasing trend to "eat the seasons" and how Ayurveda take this approach to our diets.
Dhanya Nambiar is the founder of Prana Ayurveda, and a certified Ayurvedic Health Advisor through the Hale Pule Ayurveda and Yoga School. With a PhD in public health and a decade of research in mental health and addiction, Dhanya’s vision for Prana is to empower individuals to find their true state of wellness in mind, body and spirit through simple, everyday practices. Having personally healed from chronic inflammation and weak digestion through Ayurveda, she discovered how making adjustments to food and lifestyle brought changes within weeks – more energy, clarity around what her body needed and most importantly a positive relationship with herself. That’s what she wants to share with others to help them discover their plan for balance and longevity. Find out more at Prana Ayurveda or follow her on Instagram @prana_with_dhanya.