Gems Of Ayurveda: Everyone Isn’t The Same

Everyone Isn’t The Same

Ever get sick of ‘blanket advice?’ Sick of that commercial which is certain that the one point they are making is THE ANSWER to your health problems? One of the fundamental tenants of Ayurveda is a concept that allows for an individual body type. All of us have had the experience where we find sage advice to be horrible for us. Maybe that sage advice is good advice, just not for your body type.

The idea that you are not the same as everyone else makes finding healthy options a bit more complex. But the results, once you learn some basics about what your body type is, are much more reliable. The pearl of wisdom we are looking at today says, “Hey, I am unique. I respond to the world in my own way. I need unique advice about my health.” Pretty decent idea, wouldn’t you say?

What Are Body Types

Understanding body types isn’t all that hard. Basically, there are three primary types. There is a windy type, a fiery type, and a muddy type. These elemental types are metaphors that describe how we react in fundamental ways at all three levels of our being; body, emotion, and mind. The key is to understand that each of us is some combination of these three body types. Each body type has its own set of balancing and healing therapies. For instance, we have all heard advice about putting ice or heat on sore muscles. What’s up with that? They are complete opposites. Why would both completely opposite therapies be good? The concept of body types gives us some insight as to why the advice of both hot and cold packs can be the right advice. Both windy and muddy body types are more often cold and would like heat for balancing while fiery types are already inflamed and cold packs are more balancing to them in general. We just need to find out what your body type is to see how your unique nature needs to be balanced.

 

An Example of How It Works

We will use the example of music, which is not commonly thought of as medicine. Because, once you understand how the types work, you can turn everything in your life into something that balances you or unbalances you.

EXAMPLE:

You are tired and out of sorts from a long week of work. As you sit in your car to head home you go to turn on the radio:

Windy people love motion. They crave and live on the stimulation of new things and bouncy active events. However, that Pop 40 Station, filled with excitement, fast tones and your favorite jams that make you want to sing along and dance is depleting to you. Windy people often are imbalanced because they have spent all their energy. Now is not the time to get your groove on and burn the remainder of your vitality away. Silence would be the best answer, but maybe a channel without so much excitement would be best at the moment. Try some classical or something smooth and slow to help you wind down.

Fiery people are intense. They love lists, order, and can see what needs to be done. This ‘burning through’ decisiveness leads to a Friday drive home that probably has you tense and focused. Very often anger and control emotions are popping up because of all the obstacles keeping you from getting your list finished. The goal of balancing you now is to cool your fire from a raging inferno to a warming glow. Silence is too much of a change for you, so music that isn’t angry or intense is best. No feisty and rough lyrics for you today. How about turning off the rap and adding some country? Maybe some classics from the 50’s and 60’s instead of that 80’s rock. Even your Christian station may not be best today. It is filled with themes that inspire intense feelings within you. Now is not the time to light your fires, but to cool them.

Muddy people are steady. They endure and have consistency. Very likely they are not overburdened by the work week and are ready to roll. These people are typically in a rut and when unbalanced. That rut tends to lead them to complacency and sluggishness. So crank up the tunes. It’s time for the weekend! Muddy personalities can use a good shake up and shake down to get them moving and throw off their sluggishness. Activity and exuberance are what they need. So find your favorite jam and be that crazy person singing out loud and grooving to the beat. If your car isn’t bouncing at the stop lights, then you aren’t dancing hard enough!

To Learn More

Ayurveda takes a little bit of effort to learn. Mostly because our minds are not used to thinking in metaphors, but also because we need to learn how activities can be adjusted to make them less wind, fire, or mud unbalancing. That’s a good deal of detail. Basically, it’s a new way of thinking about our lives and how we do things. We can get very serious about it, and change a lot of things in our lifestyle, or we can take our time and focus on adjusting one activity at a time. As we grow in our knowledge, we make more and more small adjustments to our lifestyle that add up to keep us on track and balanced in a big way.

Back To Bliss offers an introductory Ayurveda class to get you started and often teaches classes on holistic health that utilize Ayurvedic wisdom.  Check our class schedule to see what’s coming up soon!

Waxing, It’s Not That Bad! Part 2

Welcome Back

In the first part of this waxing series, we took a look at the technical aspects of waxing. In this post I would like to tell you what to expect, and some tips to make it a bit easier for you to bare.

Pain?

So many people ask, does waxing hurt? Yes, waxing can be painful, after all you are getting hair ripped out of your skin. The pain is definitely tolerable, the initial sting only lasts a short time. Some people will choose to take some ibuprofen beforehand to help with the pain, however you do not want to take aspirin, because of it being a blood thinner. Yes, there can be blood, all that means is that we got the entire hair follicle out, which is attached to a blood vessel. It is also a good idea to keep in mind that your body is more sensitive around the time of your period, so it will hurt a little more. The more often you wax, the less painful it will be, due to the fact that your hair is growing back thinner and more sparse. Like many other things in life, it gets better with time!

Hair Length

Another thing you need to know is that you need to let your hair grow! It needs to be about 1/4″ long, which means you will need to grow it out for about 4 weeks. If your hair grows a little faster, it may be longer than a 1/4″ and that is ok. If your hair is longer than that I can trim it without a problem, but if the hair isnt long enough the wax wont adhear to the hair.

Bikini Waxing?

The last bit of information you should know about the waxing process itself is; don’t be embarrassed about how much hair you have, because we all have hair! Basically any part of the body can get waxed. When getting a bikini wax, it may be a little weird getting your lady business waxed, but after a couple minutes of talking the akwardness seems to go away. To me, there is hair attached to skin and I need to remove it, I dont think about anything else. It is not one bit awkward for me, so I hope you don’t feel that way either.

After Care

You should avoid hot baths or hot tubs after a wax for at least 24 hours. Your freshly waxed skin is susceptible to bacteria infections for the first 24 hours after. You should also avoid tight clothing to make sure your skin can breathe after the wax. Try to avoid any activities that could cause friction on your skin. After the first 24 hours, you can start using a mild antibacterial soap and exfoliating lightly to make sure you do not get any ingrown hairs. What are ingrown hairs you ask? Ingrown hairs happen when the hair grows sideways, or curls back into the skin. Sometimes the hair is not strong enough to push through the skin, so it curls back or grows sideways under the skin. These need to be taken care of, because they can become infected. The best way to remove them would be similar to how you would remove a sliver, with a tweezers to carefully pull it out.

I hope that after reading this you will give waxing a try, afterall, it’s not that bad!

~Jess M

~It is never too late to be what you might have been.-George Eliot~

Derma

Did You Know?

You may already know that skin is our bodies largest organ, but did you know that the skin you see now, will be gone in about a month? That’s right, our bodies get rid of 30,000-40,000 old skin cells everyday!

Skin cells change shape, they start off fat and square. Over time, they flatten out and when they get to the top layer of skin, they flake off. Over 50% of the dust in your house is actually skin! Can you believe that there are about 19 million skin cells in every square inch of your body, that means there are about 300 million skin cells on your body! On average, you shed about 9 pounds of skin cells per year!

Your Derma

What are some important things to know about skin? Changes in skin, if you notice you skin is drasically changing, there might be something causing that you need to address. Pimples for example are not always caused by diet or dirt. Hormone levels and menstratuion can be some of what is causing breakouts, as well as sweating, some medications or beauty products. If you have heard that the sun can make acne better, that is not actually true. The UV rays actually stimulate oil procution, in turn actually causing acne to worsen. The other thing you need to watch out for is moles, and the ABCDE’s of skin cancer.

A – asymmetry
B – border (irregular or poorly defined)
C – color (if it varies from one area to another.)
D – diameter (anything greater than 6mm)
E – evolving (if it changes size, shape or color)

If you notice any of these changes, you should see your docotor right away.

Skin Nourishment

There are some vitamins that are crutial for healthy skin.
Vitamin A treats sun damage and cellulite. Vitamin D reduces spots and growths. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, regenerates Vitamin E and provides sun protection. Vitamnin E is also an antioxidant and protects against sun damage and aging.

Skin is a very interesting organ, the only one of its kind to have all the functions it does. From protecting our organs, muscles, and bones to regulating our body tempurature. Skin is an amazing thing!

 

 

“Dream big and dare to fail.” ~Norman Vaughan