• Chika Yamawaki

Finding balance with Ayurveda

Updated: Sep 29


So you may have noticed I’ve started sharing a bit more about Ayurveda as of this year and you may be wondering why? It’s because it has helped me find balance and improve the quality of my own life. And I want the same for YOU.


Understanding this simple yet powerful knowledge can truly transform your life. I’d love to see more yogis and yoga communities embracing Ayurveda because the practice of yoga goes hand in hand with that of Ayurveda. I feel yoga is only one piece of the whole puzzle. Even if you have regular yoga practice and feel great in the body, If you kept throwing wrong foods into your body and leading a lifestyle that doesn’t serve you, you would soon feel out of balance and that could potentially manifest as a dis-ease.


If you read my last blog post, you’d remember that there are 3 different doshas (mind-body types) in Ayurveda – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. If you’ve missed it, take a moment now to visit the link below before reading the rest of this blog.

https://www.wayoga.com.au/blog/whats-your-dosha-vata-pitta-kapha


Your dominant dosha is the one that tends to go out of balance (and gives you a trouble) so you’d like to determine which might be your dominant dosha and you want to learn the ways to keep it in balance.


Can you imagine what kind of foods and activities aggravate each dosha? If you are predominantly Vata (cold, wind-like dosha associated with movement), cold foods & drinks and constant traveling should be avoided. If you have a lot of Pitta (hot, fire-like dosha) in you, it’s best to avoid spicy foods and too much competition. Someone with Kapha dosha (solid and heavy, earth-like dosha) should avoid heavy oily foods, oversleeping and lack of exercise, for example.


With this in mind, it’s not too difficult to imagine what foods and activities help keep each dosha in balance. A Vata dominant person benefits greatly from having warm meals and drinks and establishing routines in life. If you have a lot of Pitta, then it’d be a good idea to incorporate more cooling foods and have some playful down time. If Kapha is your most dominant dosha, then you’d like to eat light and use warming spices to help you with your slow, sluggish digestion and also make sure you have a regular exercise routine in place.


This is just a super simplified way of introducing you to some basic concepts of Ayurveda. I hope this has sparked some interests in you to learn more about it. My hope is that you feel motivated to incorporate Ayurveda into your daily life so that together with your yoga practice, you’ve got more tools under your belt to find balance and achieve optimal health and wellbeing.


If you’d like to dive deeper into this topic, come and join me inside Mindful Mama Membership! This is the only place where you can receive ongoing attention

and support from me. It's designed for busy mums of young kids who seek life balance through yoga, Ayurveda and mindfulness. If you want to reduce stress and find more calm so that you can be more patient and present with your kids, you're in the right place! The enrolment is only open until 10pm Thursday 1st October 2020. Hit the link below to find out more details.


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About Chika

Chika is the founder of Wa Yoga (Wa is a Japanese word meaning harmony). She is a Yoga Australia registered teacher, student of yoga for 12 years, teaching yoga & mindfulness for the last 6 years and mum to a 4-year old daughter. She specialises in offering online courses and memberships for mothers of young children and young families. She has a gentle approach to teaching yoga and her classes are always infused with mindfulness, reminding people to slow down and come back to the present moment. Her mission is to inspire and motivate other mums to start incorporating yoga & mindfulness into their daily self-care ritual.


She is a creator of Calm & Relaxed Mama, the 4-week online course to help mothers find calm in short & sweet express class. (30-minutes) Her course helps you build sustainable home practice and help you embody mindful living in every moment of motherhood. The course is only offered 4 times a year and the next intake is February 2020.


She is also a creator of Mindful Mama Membership, the online membership for busy mums of young kids who seek balanced living through yoga, Ayurveda & mindfulness.


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