I've been reading a lot about ayurveda lately and have diagnosed myself as a Pitta/Vata. Pitta is linked to fire - hot, sharp and light while Vata is linked to air - mobile, dry and light.
This beautiful combination requires me to combat my restlessness, channel my energy, and eliminate excess heat and inflammation. During an acupuncture session last week, my naturopath told me I was producing a lot of heat, and needed to mediate more often. But because I am on a religious strengthening program, thanks to my trainer, I am prone to hit the gym for weights.
So, really, my hour of pilates gave my body the best of both worlds..strength and stretching! It was glorious.
In case you're scratching your head, Ayurveda is described as the science or study of life. Its conception dates back 5,000 years to the Himalayans in Nothern India. Best described in one of the books I am reading called "Beauty: Pure + Simple", by Kristin Ma, it is through Ayurveda that we learn to become self-aware by listening to ourselves, our intuition and our bodies.
"Western medicine (allopathic) often focuses on alleviating symptoms, treating pain, inflammation, tumors, or depression with painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-depressents and surgeries. This approach ignores the sources of the dysfunction. Ayurveda, in contrast, always searches for the root of the cause, and treats ailments from this perspective"
After pilates I made a green monster then had a really long and relaxing shower. I then moisturized my body like crazy (one of my favourite rituals) and made a Organic Sweet Dreams tea from Davids Tea.
Off to read and listen to some of Sarah McLachlan's new tunes, which I love!
Here is one for ya:
Sweet dreams xo