Because I am a living example of what Ayurveda can really do for you! And there is NO GREATER PROOF than my very own life.
When my first son was young, he was diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). I was very concerned because even though he was really smart (he scored high on an IQ test), the teacher wanted to hold him back a grade. I felt he was too young to be on medication, so I investigated everything else I could do – I considered all of the options and alternatives. I needed something to help him concentrate, to focus, to pay attention in school. I tried homeopathy, naturopathy, and many other natural healing techniques with mixed success. And then I discovered Ayurveda. And Ayurveda showed me how to look at a person’s state of balance, and imbalance, and how to bring that person back to their natural state of balance so they can be at their best.
I learned that my son, being very Vata in nature, was experiencing a Vata imbalance that showed up as ADHD. So I set about putting him on a Vata balancing routine. Instead of giving him cold cereal for breakfast, I made him fresh oatmeal in the morning. I taught him how to meditate, and how to do abhyanga, I made sure my son had a regular routine, and I started to see a difference in his behavior, and his teacher did, too. She allowed my son to finish out the year with his class.
When my son was diagnosed with ADHD, I learned that this is a genetic condition, and that he got it from me!
Knowing this made a lot of what I had been through in my childhood make sense to me – a low sense of self-esteem, struggles in school, and socially, and difficulty in getting and staying organized.
Once I got myself on the Vata routine, I felt much more focused. So much so that I’ve been able to write 8 books!
My relationships flourish, not only because I understand myself better, but because I also understand other people and their own natures so much better. I feel more confident, happy, and my anxiety has diminished.
There have been many other times when I have used the wisdom of Ayurveda to overcome challenges in my life. When I was going through a divorce, I was stressed out and filled with anxiety. Yet Ayurveda got me through. I stuck to my daily routine, and especially my Vata rituals, and I got through it with grace and ease.
When my brother-in-law died, I felt a deep depression coming on. Knowing that depression is a Kapha imbalance, I stuck to my routine and applied some of the Kapha balancing techniques, and I got through it. I was able to support my sister, and deal with all the sadness and turmoil going on in my family. I was the one that the family looked to for stability and strength, and thanks to Ayurveda, I was able to be there for them.
When I went through menopause, I never had to take hormones, I never had a serious hot flash, I never suffered any of the side effects or symptoms that my friends complained about. Menopause was easy for me, and I know it was all because I incorporated the 3-Step Process, applying the principles of Ayurveda to my life.