Sleep is just as vital as nutrition and fitness when it comes to overall health. While it’s often the most overlooked aspect of health, getting enough sleep can mean the difference between obesity and having a healthy functional body. It also contributes greatly to our performance at work. Today, we’ll look at why you should prioritise sleep in order to have a healthy body, and explore how it prevents illness and how some athletes have perfected their sleep pattern to ensure peak performance.
No matter one’s age and stage feeling well resourced to meet the day when we wake and as we start our day, be it at home or in the office, really does make a difference. This I call being ahead of the game. Maharishi AyurVeda has a question that identifies if you are ahead of the game. In the morning do you wake feeling rested, clear and alert?
Kate smiled at me with bright eyes, self-assured and at ease. She looked healthy, vibrant and was very different from the anxious, frightened, overwrought young woman who for 6 months had slept 2-3 hours a night at times (and sometimes not at all). I asked her if she would be okay to share her story so that her experience may in some way serve others, and she was happy to do so.
According to Maharishi AyurVeda, there are three equally important aspects to mental performance: dhi — learning and comprehension, governed by Vata dosha; dhriti — processing and retention of knowledge, the realm of Pitta dosha; and smriti— memory or recall, controlled by Kapha dosha. For the best mental performance and realization of the fullest mental potential, each of these three factors individually needs to be at its peak, and, more important, the coordination among the three factors also needs to be optimal.
Do you find yourself tossing and turning at night, thoughts and worries from the day running through your mind like a movie reel? Worry and trouble falling asleep tend to go hand in hand, as both have their roots in Vata dosha. Vata governs movement in the mind and body. It controls your blood flow, your elimination, the rise and fall of your breath, and the movement of your thoughts and emotions. If Vata has fallen out of balance, which is easy in Vata season (late fall and winter), you might notice an increase in anxious feelings and difficulty sleeping.
Depression is becoming more common among the overall population today. Recently I was asked to visit a local school to talk about depression and how Maharishi AyurVeda helps recovery from depression. It was both enlightening and alarming to see how aware these young adults were about depression, with a number having first hand experience of it within their communities. So this week we thought to look at the causes of depression and suggest key strategies for preventing or recovering from depression.
The beginning of a new year is a great time to take stock of your daily habits and routines and see if they’re in line with your goals. Do you have any big-picture plans for the year? If so, are you supporting them with your daily habits and routines?
Out of the thousands or herbs and herbal preparations in Ayurvedic pharmacopeia there are some that have gained fame and popularity. Let’s have a look at six of Ayurveda’s most popular herbals. Triphala Rose The world’s biggest selling Ayurvedic herbal is Triphala. Triphala is known as a bowel tonic and its supports digestion and regular bowel movements. Three fruits are combined in Triphala to create [...]
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In truth, we need more sleep than we think we need. All the research is pointing to a minimum of eight hours sleep that people actually need for the work that the brain needs to do overnight to be accomplished. Less sleep leaves us less capable, even if we don’t know it. Even an hour’s lack of sleep [each night] over a 10-day period leaves us as incompetent and incapable cognitively, as if we had missed a whole night’s sleep for one night. The only difference is we don’t recognise it. We don’t know it.
Dr Charlotte Bech Charlotte Bech graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Copenhagen. After becoming a teacher of Transcendental Meditation (TM) in 1983, she trained in Maharishi AyurVeda in 1986. Charlotte is currently running a private clinic in Copenhagen Denmark, integrating modern medicine and Maharishi AyurVeda. She has taught TM to more than 1000 people, has given more than 30,000 Ayurvedic consultations and has created and [...]
I’ve recently been helping an Australian friend in her quest to find a decent café latte up here in the North West of England and it’s not been easy. While Sydney seems to be chock full of expert Baristas who can serve up the perfect café lattes at the drop of a hat, many of our British versions don’t seem to quite hit the mark.My friend’s obsession with [...]
Even during the summer, hot weather can come as a surprise to those of us in the UK. One day it can be overcast or raining and the next it can be clear skies and swelteringly hot. Below is a transcipt of the video Dr Donn Brennan has recently made on how to deal with hot weather, especially if you have a Pitta body-type. Following this are some [...]
Because of its unique ability to penetrate into cells and cross the brain-blood barrier, Ayurveda considers ghee to be a highly effective medium for transporting the healing nature of herbs very deep into our body tissues. For thousands of years Ayurveda has created numerous Ghritas or herbalised ghees – herbs infused into ghee in order to enhanced their therapeutic effects. How are Ghritas produced? Ayurvedic practitioner, Dr Donn Brennan [...]
From the Ayurvedic viewpoint, interesting things happen within your body as winter gives way to spring and then spring give way to summer. As spring progresses, the cold, slow, heavy and sticky qualities of Kapha Dosha, that build up during late winter, gradually melt away and this often results in the chest colds and runny noses common in March, April and May. Springtime supports the body’s natural elimination [...]
I was an anxious teenager. If you were to have asked me why, or what I was anxious about, I’d have been hard pressed to answer. In those days, it was fashionable to be ‘cool’ and I became known for my cool demeanour. But I only accomplished this by suppressing the symptoms of underlying anxiety, such as tension in my shoulders, chest, stomach and legs. For me, [...]
Ayurveda considers Ojas to be the finest material substance in your body – as much in the realm of consciousness as it is in the realm of matter. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi AyurVeda, said that Ojas is a ‘lamp at the door’ – the junction point between consciousness and matter – lighting both inside and outside. Because of its role as a link [...]
“Maharishi AyurVeda would like us to express our innate source which is infinite vitality and energy” – Dr Donn BrennanHow much energy and vitality you have in your body and mind is closely linked to the strength of your immune system. When vitality is weak, immunity is correspondingly low. When energy levels are strong and free-flowing, illness has little chance of taking hold.The [...]
Are there times when you feel foggy and can’t think clearly, or feel distracted and lacking in focus? Perhaps you forget the name of someone you know well, or forget an important appointment. We depend so much on having a clear mind and good recall that even a temporary loss of this faculty can be upsetting. The following article describes a number of ways Maharishi AyurVeda can [...]
There is an age-old saying in Ayurveda: “sleep is the nurse of all living beings”. Studies have shown that sleep is not only important for the brain, but also for the immune system, for hormonal balance, for learning and even for weight loss. During sleep your system has the chance to repair the damage done to it during the day. It [...]
It often seems that the more modern science learns about food, digestion and how we are affected by natural cycles, the more it confirms the understanding of the ancient science of Ayurveda. The following article, written by Dr Allana Polo and published in GreenMedInfo, highlights a recent study, which suggests that eating late may have a detrimental effect on our health. Could late night snacks [...]
People who regularly get less than six hours sleep a night are 12% more likely to die over a 25-year period than those who get 6-8 hours, according to a study at the University of Warwick. And since Ayurveda means “the science of life”, it’s not surprising to see a host of strategies available to assist in gaining sound sleep, one of the three fundamental pillars of health according to [...]
Natural cures for insomnia Edith Sitwell’s somewhat eccentric father, Sir George, is said to have advised visitors to his house never to contradict him, “as it interferes with the functioning of the gastric juices and prevents my sleeping at night.” Eccentric or not, this was a sound, if extreme, piece of advice. An unsettled digestion is only one of many potential causes of insomnia, and socialising only with people unlikely [...]