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What is Ayurveda? According to Merriam Webster, Ayurveda is defined as “a form of holistic alternative medicine that is the traditional system of India.”

I recently stumbled upon a site that was allll about Ayurveda and I was instantly entranced. I couldn’t keep myself from reading more and more. I ended up taking a self-test on The Chalkboard Mag’s website that even categorized me into one of three Ayurvedic doshas, also known as the energies that make up our being.

More on that later.

Thousands of years old, Ayurveda is a science of life and a system of living that embraces medicine, psychology, lifestyle and, last but certainly not least, health. One of the most fundamental values at Ayurveda’s core is balance. Without balance, our body systems will not operate as they should. With balance, however, our bodies should use their own defenses to maintain and restore health and happiness.

Ultimately, health is the balance and integration of our body, mind, spirit and environment. We are a part of nature and therefore nature is a part of us. It is important to keep this in mind when we think about health and wellness.

The three doshas mentioned earlier are responsible for our mind and body and are known as Vata (wind), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (earth).

I happen to fall into the category of Vata. According to The Chalkboard Mag, “Vata types are creative freethinkers who require constant change, and easily [become] bored with the mundane. Ideas circulate through their minds like the autumn leaves and sometimes it’s difficult to organize the tornado in their heads. They’re big over-thinkers and when out of balance they are prone towards anxiety, eating disorders and insomnia. Vata types have vivid dreams, with thoughts flowing through their minds between the hours 2am and 6am, when Vata time is highest.”

The primary goal in the Ayurvedic practice is to identify a person’s ideal state, determine when/where/how they become imbalanced and introduce ways to reestablish that balance, holistically. Whether it’s via diet, herbal remedies, aromatherapy, massage, meditation or even music, Ayurveda offers an approach to health and wellbeing that has been around for thousands of years.

Now I’m not saying (by any means) to throw Western medicine out the window. Not. At. All. But I like the idea of introducing a new way of viewing and approaching our ailments?

In fact, I recently received some products from Ruved that I’ve tried and really enjoyed. I got the multivitamin, the immunity support, probiotics and, my favorite, some teas. I take the probiotics and the multivitamin everyday, leaving the immunity builder for times when I need an extra boost of vitality. And I’ve been drinking the Vata tea at night, which is grounding and warming and delicious. If you’re looking to test out some products, I highly recommend checking out Ruved for a wonderful introduction to Ayurveda and overall experience.

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