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Practical ayurveda : find out who you are and what you need to bring balance to your life / Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center.
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2018.

Physical Description:
224 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
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"Yoga, meditation, massage, food, home remedies"--Cover.

Includes index.
Written by leading teachers from the world-renowned Sivanada Yoga Vedanta Center, Practical Ayurveda guides you on a wellness journey that is tailor-made for you. Understand your constitution and patterns of health, and bring balance to your life with this practical, modern guide to Ayurveda. Discover the foods and recipes that are right for you; the power of yoga, meditation, and massage to align your body and mind; and natural healing remedies customized to your needs. The benefits? Renewed energy, better sleep, relief from stress, and much more.
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Are you looking for renewed energy, relief from stress, improved sleep, and much more? Start your Ayurveda wellness journey here.

Practiced in India for millennia, Ayurveda means life-knowledge--it reveals the path to ultimate well-being by identifying your individual characteristics and patterns of health, and showing you how to bring balance to your life.

Learn your Ayurvedic body type (dosha) through a simple self-assessment questionnaire, and how to apply Ayurveda to elements of any lifestyle. Adjust your diet to suit your body type using recipes and ingredient lists, stretch and energize your body through yoga, and focus and relax your mind with meditation and positive thinking exercises. You can also look up home therapies and remedies for a variety of common ailments.

Whether you discovered this ancient lifestyle practice yourself, through your yoga practice, or as an alternative therapy, use Practical Ayurveda to learn how to apply its wisdom to the modern world.

Author Notes

The Sivanada Yoga Vedanta Centre was established in 1957 by Swami Vishnudevanada (1927-1993). This nonprofit organization with locations around the world is dedicated to the teaching of classical yoga and vedanta philosophy as a way to promote physical, mental, and spiritual health. As part of a global network of ashrams and centres, yoga teachers guide their students in developing an integral practice of yoga and meditation. More than 25,000 yoga teachers have graduated from the international Sivanada teachers' training courses since 1969.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 6
Ayurveda and the four goals of lifep. 8
Ayurveda and the Bodyp. 12
The Three doshasp. 14
Reveal Your Constitutionp. 16
The Vata Mind and Bodyp. 20
The Pitta Mind and Bodyp. 22
The Kapha Mind and Bodyp. 24
How The Body Builds Immunityp. 26
The Ayurvedic Lifestylep. 28
A Healthy Lifestylep. 30
A Daily Routinep. 32
Looking After Your Bodyp. 34
Self-Massagep. 36
Step 1 Working Toward a Healthier Lifestylep. 40
Step 2 Achieving a Healthier Lifestylep. 42
Step 3 Expanding Your Healthy Lifestylep. 44
Maintaining Good Healthp. 46
How to Recognize Problemsp. 48
Pacifying vatap. 50
Pacifying Pittap. 52
Pacifying Kaphap. 54
Strengthening agnip. 56
Food, Diet, and Recipesp. 58
The healing power of foodp. 60
The six tastesp. 62
Sattvic dietp. 64
Consider vegetarianismp. 66
Herbs and spicesp. 68
Ghee, sugar, and honeyp. 70
The vata dietp. 72
Foods for vatap. 74
The pitta dietp. 76
Foods for pittap. 78
The kapha dietp. 80
Foods for kaphap. 82
Supporting agnip. 84
Fasting for healthp. 86
Cooking at homep. 88
Breakfast recipesp. 90
Lunch recipesp. 96
Dinner recipesp. 106
Dessert recipesp. 114
Yoga: Asanas, Pranayama, and Relaxationp. 118
Ayurveda and yogap. 120
Your yoga sessionp. 122
The yogic breathp. 124
Alternate nostril breathingp. 126
Lung purificationp. 128
Neck exercisesp. 130
Sun salutationp. 132
Single leg liftp. 136
Shoulderstandp. 138
Plowp. 140
Fishp. 142
Sitting forward bendp. 144
Inclined planep. 146
Cobrap. 148
Child's posep. 150
Camelp. 151
Treep. 152
Crowp. 154
Spinal twistp. 156
Trianglep. 158
Active relaxationp. 160
Relaxation using autosuggestionp. 162
Positive Thinking and Meditationp. 164
Ayurveda and the mindp. 166
Monitoring the mindp. 168
The mind and the Selfp. 170
Positive thinkingp. 172
Refining our valuesp. 174
Meditation practicep. 176
The power of mantrasp. 178
Karma yogap. 182
The bigger picturep. 184
Seeing an Ayurvedic Practitionerp. 186
Ayurvedic diagnosisp. 188
Your examinationp. 190
Body treatmentsp. 192
Panchakarmap. 194
Ayurvedic medicinesp. 196
Home Remedies for Common Ailmentsp. 198
Treating common ailments by doshap. 200
How to prepare home remediesp. 202
Remedies for common ailmentsp. 204
Remedies for respiratory tract ailmentsp. 206
Remedies for digestive tract ailmentsp. 208
Remedies for ailments of the eyes, hair, skin, and teethp. 210
Remedies for trauma and musculoskeletal ailmentsp. 212
Glossary of Ayurvedic and yoga termsp. 214
Indexp. 215
International Sivananda Vedanta Yoga Centers and Ashramsp. 222
Acknowledgmentsp. 224