Ayurveda: A new (old) approach to managing stress and burnout
Stressed out? Unable to break the cycle? Perhaps a different approach will help! Ayurveda offers solutions to many common ailments, including stress and burnout. In fact for Manjula Paul, owner of Utrecht Ayurveda, stress is the most common complaint that her clients here in the Netherlands have.
Stress can lead to a variety of physical symptoms such as back pain, insomnia, headaches, and digestive issues. It can also affect our endocrine system and thus our hormonal balance. Fortunately, Ayurveda is well-suited to address all of these concerns with positive results.
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So, what is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a comprehensive, holistic medical system that evolved in India roughly 5000 years ago. Today, the practice is in widespread use throughout the country, and around the world, as both preventative and curative care.
The basic ideas behind Ayurveda are very simple: Our health is maintained by the balancing of three subtle energies or forces, known as Doshas. They are called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These doshas can be affected by internal factors such as our diets and behaviours, as well as by external factors such as the weather.
Each of us has an ideal Doshic balance, with no two of us being exactly the same. The purpose of Ayurveda is to bring these Doshas into harmony so that they promote physical, emotional and spiritual growth.
What does an Ayurveda session look like?
When we experience health issues, it is largely due to our bodies falling out of balance. During an initial consultation, an Ayurveda practitioner first determines the body’s ideal balance, then they take specific actions and use tools to bring the body back into harmony.
Ayurveda teaches us that we are a product of what we eat and our patterns of behaviour. It also focuses on eating according to your body type, which is usually determined during a consultation. During a session, you will also be given herbal and dietary recommendations, physical therapy treatments and overall lifestyle modifications.
Following your initial consultation, you will receive a regimen, prepared specifically for you. It will include lifestyle modifications, and may also include a list of suggested herbal recommendations to assist in bringing you back into balance.
One of the primary benefits of Ayurvedic herbs is that there are no side effects to them, as they are not refined chemicals produced in the way that most western medicine is today.
Finally, physical therapies may be suggested to alleviate your immediate discomfort. Many clients book a one or two hour time slot immediately following their initial consultation with Utrecht Ayurveda. In this way they can enjoy the immediate benefits of physical relief through these unique therapies.
Another interesting fact about Ayurveda is that it is not disorder-specific, but rather is person-specific. Simply put, two people who both suffer from the same ailment would likely receive very different regimens as their body types and constitutions are different.
About Manjula Paul
Born and educated in Kerala, India, Manjula Paul of Utrecht Ayurveda has been an Ayurvedic Practitioner for over 35 years. She holds a B.A.M.S. degree, and has had private clinics in India, New York City and now here in the Netherlands. Today, she takes clients in both Utrecht and Amsterdam. Online consultations are also available.
Learn more about Utrecht Ayurveda
If you are interested in learning more about Ayurveda, visit the Utrecht Ayurveda website. They offer specific, holistic treatments for a variety of complaints. Mention this article and receive a 20-euro discount (valid until 31 December 2023) with Utecht Ayurveda today!
New Ayurveda location in Amsterdam
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