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Ayurveda and Diets: Some Clarity

I am vegetarian/vegan. Isn’t this Ayurvedic?

A: Whilst certain diets and those such as juicing, veganism and vegetarianism can be fine for certain people, it goes even far beyond what dosha a person has predominantly and has to be weighed up against various factors such as environment, age, sex, locality, seasonal effects, psychological typing, genetic suitabilities and any psychological disorders in addition to nay disorders and ones metabolism (enzymatic effect).

Thus, Ayurveda recommends such and even various combinations and manners of cooking foods (or not) relative to preparation after all of these are considered during a full Ayurvedic examination by a trained practitioner. Ayurveda recommends meat for some people and abstaining from such for others, depending upon such factors.

This is also that why vegans and vegetarians sometimes argue the higher amount of iron in certain vegetables or greens as spinach, they are harder to absorb than in meats (eastern diets consider methods to properly metabolise and absorb these, as well as heavier supplements); an absence of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), an Omega-3 fat, predominantly found in fish, which is useful for eye and brain health among other things, which is lacking in vegan diets.

Certain cultures were vegetarian historically, but Ayurveda views such, relative to suitability over generations, rather than fad-diets and health-implications these may cause. Here, traditionally foreigners in Ayurvedic hospitals were given their local dietary substances (or closest to), so as it didn’t alter with their nutrition as it has evolved. Radical changes (as from meat to vegetarian or vegetarian to meat diets) can cause severe health concerns.

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Is it good not to eat animals?

A: Yes, however, we must remember that many food articles that are deemed karmically ‘evolved’ as animals don’t stop there; many substances and foods that are consumed by those in modern Ayurveda and Yoga movements such as chillies, garlic, onions and wine are considered more evolved or causing issues to the mind in orthodox traditional Brahmin circles of India, who have been habituated to such regimes over thousands of years. If their people took up eating of meats, they would also have issues, just as westerners and others adopting such vegan and vegetarian trends without a full understanding or examination.

Ayurveda understands this as satmya (suitability) and notes that not all foods and substances are good for, nor should be avoided for all races (those in various geographic regions) based on their genetic suitability and evolution. The French Diet for example contains many fats, yet the French have themselves become accustomed to eating such foods and thus consumption doesn’t affect them. They also eat in smaller portions.

Other diets such as the Mediterranean diet are well-known to be useful for a number of disorders from cardiovascular to inflammatory conditions. Yet, again, much depends upon ones own suitability to such, as also relative to diseases. Generic diets, due to food energetics can actually cause issues for many, due to poor metabolism.

Cultural/genetic suitability here must be remembered as the Classical Ayurvedic teaching over emotional virtue-signalling or sanctimoniousness.

Durgadas has explained this in his many books on Yoga and Classical Ayurveda, which are available from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble etc.

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I have been having raw foods and also kale smoothies for breakfast. I heard this is healthy for me?

A: As noted, the Ayurvedic system works on a different level of energetics to other systems, dietary fads and medical systems. It even treats diabetes according to twenty different types – so there is a lot of specificity in Ayurvedic medicine compared to mere allopathic-based diets and biochemical models.

Hence, many factors are considered in classical Ayurveda and being even beyond one’s biology, which itself can be finely-tuned into many sub-categories also. Thus, even one pitta person in Ayurveda wouldn’t be treated the same as another, given their unique sensitivities and refined nature as well.

Raw foods and those such as kale, whilst can be useful for reducing acidity in the body for example, aren’t always useful in Ayurveda and can be seen to cause complications and even causative factors behind long-term diseases for others. Again, age, sex, locations, climates, environmental impressions and numerous other factors have to be considered, as well as best combinations for you.

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Learn Meditation as the Ancient Yogi Masters did!

Learn Meditation as the Ancient Yogi Masters did!

A physician was once using the same technique to treat diabetes as he did heart-disease. It was a failure!

Sadly, this is what modern meditation classes teach and employ, as a ‘one size fits all’ panacea approach.

Traditional meditation is about you and your unique psychology, karma and biology. 

The AROGYA method embraces the ancient wisdom and brings it into the modern world.

– Specific pranayamas (breathing techniques) for you
– Specific dhyanas (meditations) for you
– How to train YOUR mind for meditation
– Specific mantras for YOU
– Personalised one-to-one instruction
– Personalised diet to calm your mind and body for meditation 

Benefits:

– Reduce stress, anger, anxiety and depression in your life
– Take control of your own destiny that is your right
– Don’t get bogged down by mass-instruction in a class
– No difficult poses or yoga positions

 Process:

Step I: Purna Ayurveda Consultation: NZ $300.00 to ascertain your biology, psychology and also karmic implications which reveal your specific meditation approach. This is a very in-depth ‘integral’ consultation that examines all areas of your life from physical/medical, spiritual/karmic and psychological.

Step II: Arogya Meditation: NZ $95.00 for the first session and NZ $70.00 for further follow-up half-hour meditation sessions and progress.

 

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Durgadas is an international author and teacher who is internationally trained Yoga and Ayurveda teacher as well as Ayurvedic Practitioner and Vedic Astrologer. His Vedic mentor was Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri), a senior lecturer at the Chopra Centre. Durgadas was awarded the prestigious titles of Veda Kovid for his Vedic knowledge and mastery of Ayurveda, Yoga, Vedic Astrology, Tantra and Vedanta.
He stems from a long line of Vedic Brahmins (Hindu priests) from Northern India. He is founder of the Vishwa Ayurveda Samaj and Academy of Traditional Ayurveda, as well as the founder of the Para Saiva Siddhanta system.