Ayurveda: A Life of Balance (book review)

A Life Of Balance
“A life of balance has no extremes and very little fragmentation.”

Ayurveda: A Life of Balance: The Complete Guide to Ayurvedic Nutrition & Body Types with Recipes by Maya Tiwari

Ever since my first introduction to Ayurveda in April, I have wanted to dig deeper. One of my teachers, an Ayurvedic specialist recommended Maya Tiwari’s book as a great next step. I’ve spent the last few weeks reading the book and exploring some of the recipes. I highly recommend it and give the book * * * * * (5 out of 5 stars).

Maya provides a rich historical context of Ayurveda, detailed explanations and examples of the doshas and tons of recipes. She has expanded my view of “sadhana” (daily practice) from the purely asana/meditation based to include my habits and day-to-day activities. Although I haven’t completely revamped my diet, I have made conscious small changes to put me on a the path to leading a life of balance.

As a Pitta Kapha I’ve made the following adjustments:

  • Adding shredded coconut to my morning oatmeal and using maple syrup instead of sugar to sweeten it
  • Substituting barley flour for half of the wheat flour in my baking
  • Expanding my carbs beyond quinoa and brown rice to include barley and amaranth
  • Adding a teaspoon of coconut oil to my coffee
  • Limiting my use of honey if the food/drink is heated
  • Limiting my mixing of cold/frozen and hot foods
  • Drinking more water
  • Including more turmeric in my diet (fresh turmeric tea and spices)
  • Cooking with turmeric, cumin, coriander, cardamom and fennel
  • Eating more mung beans
  • Spending more time in quiet reflection outside
  • Trying to wake up at the same time everyday (~ 6 am)
If you’ve made any changes to live a life of balance, please share and comment below.
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