So I have been finding my way down this ayurveda path for two months. I am definitely learning a lot, seeing results and feeling better. This is clearly not a one and done formula though. Ayurveda requires you to pay attention to your body and environment, and then make adjustments as your body, environment and seasons change.
I think the key for me is to learn about my individual constitution. When I met with my ayurveda practitioner I found out that I am a Pitta-Vata. I have been doing a lot of research on the characteristics of both the Pitta and Vata doshas. Pitta is associated with the elements of fire and water. Vata is associated with air and ether. If you would like a general overview of each of the doshas check out this post from Anthea’s Ayurveda and Beyond. It gives good general information to start off with.
I have found that Vata and Pitta are opposite in many ways. This makes it easy for me to figure out when something is out of balance. When I am feeling scattered and unable to complete a thought or anxious I know that my Vata is probably running a little high. I do things to calm and ground myself. I have found warm oil massage, meditation, or a nice cup of jasmine tea will make a difference. On the other hand if I am feeling angry, itching, or breaking out in a rash then my Pitta has taken over. Then I know I need to cool myself down with some meditation, cucumber water, or some gentle yoga.
I am becoming much more in tune with what is going on in my body and mind. I am starting to settle into this journey and truly believe that with yoga, meditation and ayurveda I am not only going to improve my health, but the quality of my life. I am just getting started and know there is sooo much to learn!