The Ayurvedic Woman
Got anxiety looming at the pit of your stomach, rising up to your chest and gripping you with discomfort and stress? Do you feel the heat making your cheeks go uncomfortably red?
Do night sweats or cramping or irregular menses give you sleepless nights with nausea, with depression, embarrassing loo trips, arresting abdomen pains, unexplainable bouts of anger, irritation, irrationality and sadness, those headaches and that loss of intimacy featuring in your everyday life?
Why, the 7 Dhatus and the 3 Ayurvedic Pillars have EVERYTHING to do with all these symptoms that may have now become your most loyal companions, refusing to part from you even after all those hormone injections, those set-me-right pills of hope, leaving you still as far away from relief as the south pole!
Going to the Doctor is not helping you out much either- its either some chemical pills, hormone injections or just ‘live a healthy lifestyle’ recommendation (which is so vast a universe in itself, that you’re lost before you begin!)
But where is the true explanation of what is really going on? Why does it happen? How does this mechanism work, and if these changes are inevitable, what is the best way to deal with them?
We often say that men don’t understand how women feel, but the truth is, even a lot of women don’t understand. Why? Because they often don’t know! With her complex biological system, a woman undergoes many complex changes through her life, which can be tough to deal with.
the very quality of not just your life but also the life of your other young friends, daughters and sisters today.
Imbalances that begin in the digestive system and cause digestive disturbance, dryness, coldness, anxiety are often Vata imbalances. If they go on over time, the body begins to breakdown- you lose body tissue and that can lead to a breakdown of body systems
Symptoms like acidity, sour belching, sweating, inflammation and excess heat in the tissues causing the destruction of the egg and sperm are Pitta imbalances.
Sluggish Digestion, feeling too full, meals taking a long time to digest, elimination taking long, swelling, weight gain, a hard time motivating yourself and blockages in the reproductive channel are Kapha imbalances.
When reproductive health issues start affecting your daily functioning, you know something is out of whack and needs to be addressed, but Ayurveda insists on stopping these symptoms before they start affecting your functioning in the first place
And this is where ‘You’ being ‘you’ as a woman comes into play. You need to understand your doshas, the real meaning of ‘doshas’, you need to understand the difference between you and your Doshic tendencies, know what NOT to do.
A founding member and former Secretary of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, Mary Thompson , C.A.S., P.K.S., graduated from the first graduating class of the California College of Ayurveda in 1997 and now is a senior teacher there.
She is a Certified Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and Pancha Karma Specialist and has also studied in India in 1999 at International Academy of Ayurved spending time on field trips to Ayurvedic schools, clinics, hospitals
In 2008 she received the Charaka Award for Excellence in Ayurvedic Teaching and was given the title "Ayurvedacharya" (respected teacher of Ayurveda). She is also a founder of the non-profit organization.
Mary has been teaching at the California College of Ayurveda for 18 years and considers herself to be a perpetual student of Ayurveda. Her main focus at the school right now is in teaching the clinical application of Ayurvedic principles to treat disease conditions. In this, she appreciates the wisdom of the ancient texts and the application of traditional treatments as well as the modern interpretation of disease pathology and designing treatment protocols for those conditions. Mary also enjoys mentoring practitioners who are starting out in their practice or wanting to discuss a particular client.
Before finding Ayurveda, Mary was an elementary school teacher and a child-care director. As a child-care director for… Read more…