Cultivating Optimal Health with Gurusimran Khalsa

By Carole J. Stone

Ayurveda views the universe as comprising five elements: ether, air, fire, water, and earth. Our bodies are also made up of these same elements. By understanding which body type or prakruti we are, we can use diet, exercise, and lifestyle to balance ourselves and optimize our physical and mental health.

Workshop
Cultivating Optimal Health with Gurusimran Khalsa
Wed, Feb 17, 3:30-5:30pm
JC3 Jewish Cultural and Community Center
Las Moras 74
JC3 members 150 pesos, non-members 200 pesos

This ancient science identifies six tastes in food: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. Depending on your body type, season, and state of health, adjusting the amount of each taste at each meal can heal you and help provide you with abundant energy and mental clarity. It is helpful to review which tastes are in specific foods and how to achieve an optimal diet for each individual constitution.

Have you noticed that some of us can catch a cold from a cold wind, whereas others remain unaffected? What is ideal for one person can be unhealthy for another. Understanding how diet, exercise, and lifestyle affect us and our loved ones and friends is another component of Ayurveda. Knowing which exercise and lifestyles are best for each constitution enables each of us to take simple practical steps to staying healthy.

Good digestion of food and positive thoughts and emotions promote physical health. The importance of proper digestion is often neglected by modern allopathic medicine. Heartburn, bloating, and constipation are often treated as normal occurrences. Ayurveda views digestive disturbances as important clues to specific imbalances in the body. Strengthening our primary digestive fire, Agni, and following recommended daily Ayurvedic practices, will enhance our digestive and immune systems.

Ayurveda describes three mental outlooks, called “gunas,” and the way to balance them to achieve mental harmony and emotional contentment. They are Sattva, pure consciousness or potential energy; Rajas, kinetic energy; and Tamas, inertia. Specific foods reflect each guna and can be used in combination with meditation to promote contentment, Agni, the fire of transformation and digestion (how we process food and physical, mental, and emotional contentment). Brief Ayurvedic morning and evening rituals increase your digestive fire, your Agni, and eliminate Ama, undigested food mass that is the breeding ground for disease, tiredness, mental sluggishness, and other ills. Each of us must learn to build our pranic shield, which is responsible for energy, good health, and well-being.

Gurusimran Khalsa, also known as Arnold Lerner, will offer his wisdom in a 1 1/2-hour workshop. Here, you will learn how to use the wisdom of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of how to live long and be healthy in your everyday life. We will explore the history and philosophy of Ayurveda, Yoga, and meditation and the way these three sister sciences can help you to a healthier and happier state of body, mind, and spirit. You will learn the prakruti, the seven constitutional types. You will learn about your own type and how to use diet, yoga, exercise, and lifestyle to balance your type, thereby maximizing your health and happiness, and you will learn about what disrupts the balance of your personal prakruti. You will also learn daily Ayurvedic and Yoga practices to optimize your health.

 

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