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Ayurveda is founded on the belief that true health is everyone s birthright and that each of us is a self-healing entity who can use nature s abundance to restore and renew ourselves. Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is a breakthrough book for yoga practitioners, spiritual seekers, and anyone ready to learn a doable approach to this time-tested art and science of health and well- Ayurveda is founded on the belief that true health is everyone s birthright and that each of us is a self-healing entity who can use nature s abundance to restore and renew ourselves. Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is a breakthrough book for yoga practitioners, spiritual seekers, and anyone ready to learn a doable approach to this time-tested art and science of health and well-being. Internationally renowned for her ability to make Ayurveda accessible and practical for Western audiences, Acharya Shunya presents a narrative-based guidebook that meticulously covers the how-to s of morning and evening self-care, daily contemplations, self-massage and skin care, cooking (including recipes), beauty rituals, and more. To rid ourselves of the suffering that afflicts the body, mind, and soul, what we need is an affirmative knowledge of life and how to live it in alignment with nature, writes Acharya Shunya. Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom opens the gates to this profound knowledge. "


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Ayurveda is founded on the belief that true health is everyone s birthright and that each of us is a self-healing entity who can use nature s abundance to restore and renew ourselves. Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is a breakthrough book for yoga practitioners, spiritual seekers, and anyone ready to learn a doable approach to this time-tested art and science of health and well- Ayurveda is founded on the belief that true health is everyone s birthright and that each of us is a self-healing entity who can use nature s abundance to restore and renew ourselves. Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is a breakthrough book for yoga practitioners, spiritual seekers, and anyone ready to learn a doable approach to this time-tested art and science of health and well-being. Internationally renowned for her ability to make Ayurveda accessible and practical for Western audiences, Acharya Shunya presents a narrative-based guidebook that meticulously covers the how-to s of morning and evening self-care, daily contemplations, self-massage and skin care, cooking (including recipes), beauty rituals, and more. To rid ourselves of the suffering that afflicts the body, mind, and soul, what we need is an affirmative knowledge of life and how to live it in alignment with nature, writes Acharya Shunya. Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom opens the gates to this profound knowledge. "

30 review for Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom: A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Plateresca

    My main peeve with this book is that it is so wordy. The author cannot just say, 'go to bed early', she has to hammer it home, going on and on along the lines of 'but we sit before our screens'. I'd suppose that since we've invested in this book, we're interested in learning about Ayurveda, not about all the bad habits the people who do not follow it have. Otherwise, it is a very comprehensive explanation of ayurvedic principles. Now, some parts of it ring absolutely true to me, like I've noticed My main peeve with this book is that it is so wordy. The author cannot just say, 'go to bed early', she has to hammer it home, going on and on along the lines of 'but we sit before our screens'. I'd suppose that since we've invested in this book, we're interested in learning about Ayurveda, not about all the bad habits the people who do not follow it have. Otherwise, it is a very comprehensive explanation of ayurvedic principles. Now, some parts of it ring absolutely true to me, like I've noticed some years ago that I have more energy if I get up between 5 and 6 a.m. than if I get up later, even if 'later' means that I get more hours of sleep. Other things, like miswak, I'm just trying out; seems fun, but I have yet to know whether my dentist will see any changes in my mouth, positive or negative. (Shunya is very anti-dentists, by the way; I wish I could afford to be). And there are things I have to think about, like avoiding certain foods in certain seasons (like fruits from March to May; I thought we needed the vitamins), or limiting any cardio activity. So, I would definitely recommend the book to anybody interested in Ayurveda, but I doubt I'll be able to follow these injunctions to the letter; still, I am going to do what I can and see if my health improves, so you can ask me later about it :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Downey

    Read my full review here: http://mimi-cyberlibrarian.blogspot.c... I would like to share with you this morning a very insightful and useful book that came across my desk from a publicist. It is available today. Ayurveda is a health system that believes that true health is everyone's birthright, and that each of us is a self-healing entity who can use nature's abundance to restore and renew ourselves. The practitioner and author, Acharya Shunya, was born in northern India, where her formative year Read my full review here: http://mimi-cyberlibrarian.blogspot.c... I would like to share with you this morning a very insightful and useful book that came across my desk from a publicist. It is available today. Ayurveda is a health system that believes that true health is everyone's birthright, and that each of us is a self-healing entity who can use nature's abundance to restore and renew ourselves. The practitioner and author, Acharya Shunya, was born in northern India, where her formative years were spent learning the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda from her guru, who was her grandfather (or Baba). He was a spiritual teacher and practitioner of this ancient wisdom. Shunya now is a practitioner herself, in California, and her book, Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom, is the result of her years of work teaching people how to understand, use, and practice the Ayurveda philosophy. Acharya Shunya presents a narrative-based guidebook that meticulously covers the how-to's of morning and evening self-care, daily contemplations, self-massage and skin care, cooking (including recipes), beauty rituals, and more. It also talks a great deal about yoga. She writes "To rid ourselves of the suffering that afflicts the body, mind, and soul, what we need is an affirmative knowledge of life and how to live it in alignment with nature." I loved the stories that begin each section. In them she relates the enormous influence her Baba had on her by giving examples of conversations she had with him as a child and the wisdom he imparted to her. This is truly a unique book. It certainly can't be digested in one sitting, but it looks to me that someone seeking its wisdom needs to work on it, one step at a time. Here are some steps that every reader can do.  Wake up early each morning at a set time.  Have an altar in your room and put fresh flowers on it every day.  Every morning meditate to your healing for fifteen minutes.  Stop eating (or minimize your consumption of) harmful foods - which foods are harmful, and which foods are best eaten at certain times of the day and the year are discussed throughout the book  Eat beneficial foods - there is a big section toward the end of the book that discusses food and includes recipes.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tracy S

    I am very, very skeptical of traditional/alternative medicine. I should first explain why I read this book. #1: it was free. #2: I do a lot of yoga, and from time to time a teacher will say something about "doshas" and I've always been curious. #3: a friend of mine swears by her Ayurvedic practitioner who helped her back to good health when modern medicine failed her. I would give this book one star for all of the ridiculous statements it contains (example: don't do oil massages on days when it I am very, very skeptical of traditional/alternative medicine. I should first explain why I read this book. #1: it was free. #2: I do a lot of yoga, and from time to time a teacher will say something about "doshas" and I've always been curious. #3: a friend of mine swears by her Ayurvedic practitioner who helped her back to good health when modern medicine failed her. I would give this book one star for all of the ridiculous statements it contains (example: don't do oil massages on days when it might rain? It rains for 6 months straight in my city, so I guess I this important Ayurvedic ritual isn't used for half the year in monsoon areas? This is not explained). However, for what it is (a book about Ayurvedic lifestyle), it is actually pretty good. I think I now have a good understanding of what it means. For all of you skeptics like me, you won't find sufficient answers here. It requires some suspension of disbelief in order to want to follow this lifestyle. I would be really sad and dehydrated if I followed her advice to sip small amounts of water and only when very thirsty. No thank you! I love water! And on a hot day (every day, where I live) a cold beverage is perfect--but this book tells you never to drink anything cold. Why?? There are many reasons given, but none of them evidence-based. I found some of this information helpful. The advice about sleeping and waking times rings true to me, and some of the diet advice probably has merit (turmeric, for example, is a cancer fighter). Bottom line, this book describes the lifestyle in a lot of detail, enough for me to know I don't want to follow it (for the most part).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    This book will tell you: when to wake up, go to bed, when to poop, what to eat at what time of day and during which season, how to clean your body, when to have sex and when to abstain, what yoga postures to do and when, etc. It will also tell you that you cannot live in Alaska and practice Ayurveda because it is not suited for human inhabitants. Obviously, Ayurveda is both a product of its place and time/place in time (hence, eat lots of dal, use Himalayan rock salt, chant mantras from the Rig- This book will tell you: when to wake up, go to bed, when to poop, what to eat at what time of day and during which season, how to clean your body, when to have sex and when to abstain, what yoga postures to do and when, etc. It will also tell you that you cannot live in Alaska and practice Ayurveda because it is not suited for human inhabitants. Obviously, Ayurveda is both a product of its place and time/place in time (hence, eat lots of dal, use Himalayan rock salt, chant mantras from the Rig-Veda), there is so much that transcends its private locality. I was fascinated by the access the book provides to the Sanskrit language. The vocabulary is so clearly oriented to the immaterial/spiritual world. Even though it was confusing for me to try and keep everything straight, I ended up feeling comfortable with concepts like "dosha" and "agni" by the end of the book. In case it's of interest, I checked this book out from the library because I saw it on display at Vasper Systems at NASA. I found it compelling enough to buy my own copy. Western spirituality and medicine have a looooong way to go to come anywhere near offering such an integrated and holistic approach to vitality.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shivani

    I found this book inviting me to look at health and disease anew. With her insights, her own journey and stories, the author Acharya Shunya has facilitated this discussion in an easy to follow, contemplative style. I liked how the Ayurvedic vocabulary has been introduced to the reader, in a natural, relevant way. I feel I can access the Ayurvedic wisdom shared in this book, in any part of my life where I want to make a positive change. This book is the beginning of a deep conversation between Ayu I found this book inviting me to look at health and disease anew. With her insights, her own journey and stories, the author Acharya Shunya has facilitated this discussion in an easy to follow, contemplative style. I liked how the Ayurvedic vocabulary has been introduced to the reader, in a natural, relevant way. I feel I can access the Ayurvedic wisdom shared in this book, in any part of my life where I want to make a positive change. This book is the beginning of a deep conversation between Ayurveda and myself in the pursuit of lasting health and happiness. Through the book, the author empowers readers with many practical wisdom teachings and tools. No matter where you are in life, the lived experience that talks to you in these pages, is your ally in understanding and practising healthful living. But, at the same time, it is more than a prescriptive book of 'do's and don't's'. The book is engaging our consciousness. In the spirit of an ongoing discussion, Acharya Shunya asks us to examine our beliefs. 'Are we ultimately expecting our environ­ment to foot the bill of natural medicine?' It questions the bondage to disease consciousness. Sometimes people feel that they are genetically predisposed to certain diseases and are just waiting to manifest it at some time in their life. So they give away the power they have in the present. They do not see a way to counteract their impending ill health. I felt this book is a light to show a way out of that tunnel. The book declares and explains how physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health are intertwined. Not only that, but the health of the human being and that of the planet are linked. Wow ! When we appreciate and live with Nature's rhythms, we will not be at loggerheads with her. Unity consciousness! Ayurveda is that science which illustrates this reality. And this book does it justice. I now look at disease as a signal to check and prune and beautify life, which gets healed with conscious lifestyle, diet and behavioural choices. Disease can become unnecessary when we start to self regulate and eschew a life of excesses and unconsciousness. Truly a light on health and consciousness, a book to cherish. I keep going back to the book, as my understanding opens up at more levels.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ananta Ajmera

    This book takes you on a journey to another time and space, to experience what it was like for the author to learn Ayurveda from Baba, a living master, while she was growing up in India. This was really fascinating, as I've never been able to learn directly about Ayurveda from someone who has actually lived it her whole life. It brought the science of Ayurveda to life in a way that I've also never read in another Ayurveda book (and I have read quite a few!). The practical examples and case studi This book takes you on a journey to another time and space, to experience what it was like for the author to learn Ayurveda from Baba, a living master, while she was growing up in India. This was really fascinating, as I've never been able to learn directly about Ayurveda from someone who has actually lived it her whole life. It brought the science of Ayurveda to life in a way that I've also never read in another Ayurveda book (and I have read quite a few!). The practical examples and case studies the author shares are fascinating and inspiring. It's hard to pick a favorite chapter, but if I had to do so, I would probably choose the second chapter, on celebrating an awakened sky. While waking up earlier is not an easy thing to do, and it took me some time to start doing this, remembering the beautiful passages Acharya Shunya has shared about the value of this, along with morning practices to do when rising that don't take that much time but are really powerful, inspired me to start waking up earlier, and it feels so great to do that and the practices she shares! It was so interesting to learn about the different personalities of the six tastes that Ayurveda introduces. I had never thought of the tastes of my food as having personalities, but that really helped me see my food in a whole new way, and to develop a different relationship with my meals, which has been awesome. I was amazed at how inspiring the chapter on Ayurveda's oral health practices were. I really did not expect to cry when reading about brushing your teeth in the morning! But the way Acharya Shunya describes learning about the art of dental hygiene in Ayurveda from her grandfather, Baba, has such an immediacy that really touched my heart and also changed the way I approach morning routines I once found really boring and mundane. I now follow all of those oral hygiene practices, and found myself pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to put into action. It's so great to know why I am doing what I am doing - that knowledge makes such a difference. This book is so rich and beautiful. It is a treasure of Ayurveda wisdom that I am looking forward to reading and referring back to often.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    It's so refreshing to read an Ayurvedic book that empowers the reader to know that optimum health is within them, ready to be awakened, ready to be reclaimed and enjoyed. As someone who has read many practical books on Ayurveda, this book stands out because I felt so connected to the authors message of awakening my own health and consciousness rather than trying to diagnose myself and focus on my imbalances and disease management. If you are seeking Ayurveda because you are ready to be the autho It's so refreshing to read an Ayurvedic book that empowers the reader to know that optimum health is within them, ready to be awakened, ready to be reclaimed and enjoyed. As someone who has read many practical books on Ayurveda, this book stands out because I felt so connected to the authors message of awakening my own health and consciousness rather than trying to diagnose myself and focus on my imbalances and disease management. If you are seeking Ayurveda because you are ready to be the author of your own health and healing, this is the perfect read for you. It includes easy to follow, practical, holistic and cost effective tools into your everyday life, with a wide range of tools for your lifestyle. There are so many beautiful tips offered filled with heart warming and authentic encouragement from the author Acharya Shunya. To read about her personal journey, and how she was so wisely guided to reclaim her health by her teacher is truly inspiring. How she so graciously shares and invites her readers through her personal story is what I connected to most from this book. I have been ready to awaken my own health and align my body, mind and spirit but I didn't have the proper outlet. This book has given me the chance to have the wisdom, support and desire to make changes in my life that will allow more space to live with joy and vitality just as the title suggests. I highly recommend this book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    What I love about Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is that Shunya offers all the information of her ancestors and guru (her own grandfather!) condensed into an informative and deeply personal text/encyclopedia of Ayurvedic practices. There are 2 columns of text per page throughout most of the book, and although not everything is fully digestible (pun) or relevant if you’re reading it front to back, it is possible to read as a first-hand account of a passionate teacher whose methods have worked for mille What I love about Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is that Shunya offers all the information of her ancestors and guru (her own grandfather!) condensed into an informative and deeply personal text/encyclopedia of Ayurvedic practices. There are 2 columns of text per page throughout most of the book, and although not everything is fully digestible (pun) or relevant if you’re reading it front to back, it is possible to read as a first-hand account of a passionate teacher whose methods have worked for millennia. It is a thick TEXT, complete with informative tables, recipes, home & bath DIY, natural remedies, yoga postures, and more! For those who have zero knowledge of Ayurveda, and who don’t live with the seasons, or with mindfulness towards their own bodies, this book could change your life! This is a true gift for those who are in desperate need of a lifestyle change! For those, like me, who have *some* knowledge of Ayurveda, but not exactly sure how to do it better— this will be your guide to deepening your practice. It cleared up confusing aspects of Ayurveda, explaining them with history, culture, and science. This is a book I will hold onto for years, as I introduce new recipes and routines into my lifestyle that fall in line with Ayurvedic teachings to live the best me that I can!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Zee Monodee

    I got into this book after reading one which was penned by a disciple/student of Acharya Shunia, and though that book had given very good pointers and directions about Ayurveda, I wanted to see what the teacher had to say and thus delved into this one. It's a good book, explained mostly pertaining to the seasons and what to do when and also how - very good explanations on this, though the why is not often covered and it seems only someone with inherent Ayurveda knowledge would figure out why (it' I got into this book after reading one which was penned by a disciple/student of Acharya Shunia, and though that book had given very good pointers and directions about Ayurveda, I wanted to see what the teacher had to say and thus delved into this one. It's a good book, explained mostly pertaining to the seasons and what to do when and also how - very good explanations on this, though the why is not often covered and it seems only someone with inherent Ayurveda knowledge would figure out why (it's not really common sense as we know it). However, the text is very clunky, with information buried in paragraphs and you might miss it if you're not paying attention to every word. Some bullet points and a less clunky layout would've benefited this book immensely. The many recollections of her author's time with her mentor, her grandfather Baba - well, those got a bit repetitive, boring, and frankly tedious after some point. On the whole, good Ayurveda pointers, but sadly, I'd hoped this would be 'the' book to give me all the knowledge I needed of Ayurveda, but it fell short on that end.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kara Troglin

    This is the best book I've read on Ayurveda. It is the perfect read for anyone looking to further their options on healthy approaches to living your best life outside of prescription drugs. I appreciated Shunya's beautiful and honest testimony of the practice she has lived by her entire life. She does a brilliant job connecting humanity with the natural world that surrounds us. This is a book I will consistently refer back to for guidance and I highly recommend as a yoga teacher. This is the best book I've read on Ayurveda. It is the perfect read for anyone looking to further their options on healthy approaches to living your best life outside of prescription drugs. I appreciated Shunya's beautiful and honest testimony of the practice she has lived by her entire life. She does a brilliant job connecting humanity with the natural world that surrounds us. This is a book I will consistently refer back to for guidance and I highly recommend as a yoga teacher.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Penny lurkykitty

    I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I did not know much about the Ayurvedic system of healing and this book was an interesting and accessible intro. There is a lot of helpful advice and recipes. It is easy to read and provides stories as to how Ayurveda helped real people. If you are interested in learning more, this book is a great place to start.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Really good book, simple to understand and interesting back story to the author with her childhood memories pertaining to her ayurveda 'training'. Great for both beginners and those who are studying. Holstic yet pratical and modern view of living a life with Ayurveda rather than 'doctering'. Loads of great advice for the average man. Also some good recipies and lists. Really good book, simple to understand and interesting back story to the author with her childhood memories pertaining to her ayurveda 'training'. Great for both beginners and those who are studying. Holstic yet pratical and modern view of living a life with Ayurveda rather than 'doctering'. Loads of great advice for the average man. Also some good recipies and lists.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Malinik

    This will be my treasure book! It is beautifully written, touched my heart, is wonderfully organized and will help one to heal and to stay healthy and happy. Excellent resource for practitioners as well as those just getting into ayurveda.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Robyn Mourie

    This informative book gives so many practical tips and recipes, I find myself referring to it often in my Ayurveda Practice. Has small stories about the author growing up which are beautiful snippets on life and knowledge of plants and meditation in India. It is also a beautiful book visually

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

    Fantastic super in-depth book of ayurveda; she has perspectives of American and Indian, so it's nice to see how I can implement some of the more traditional elements of ayurveda. I def learned quite a lo abt ayurveda, and found this book to be helpful AND beautiful. Fantastic super in-depth book of ayurveda; she has perspectives of American and Indian, so it's nice to see how I can implement some of the more traditional elements of ayurveda. I def learned quite a lo abt ayurveda, and found this book to be helpful AND beautiful.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alexandria Blaelock

    This comprehensive overview of the Ayurveda lifestyle includes discussion of the religious/philosophical background logic as well as day to day practice, but it’s a lot to take in. Best as an ongoing resource to dip into.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Julie Gentile

    This book offered in-depth Ayurvedic insight and wisdom, and it asks readers to take responsibility for their health by taking better care of themselves with Ayurvedic practices.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dheeraj Mahajan

    If you have to read only one book about ayurveda... This should be it!

  19. 5 out of 5

    David

    I would recommend Eat Feel Fresh by Sahara Rose in place or as supplement to this book. It is more digestible and easier for westerners to adopt to in my opinion. Plus the recipes are delicious!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Good reference book...a keeper.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Filipa

    Amazing book on ayurveda! I've leaned so much with her knowledge. Very easy to read. Delicious and delightful Amazing book on ayurveda! I've leaned so much with her knowledge. Very easy to read. Delicious and delightful

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Acharya Shunya with this book brings respect to what is True Ayurveda and how it should be taught in schools of the western world.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joni

    If you are looking for alternative methods to promote wellness, this book may hold some fresh ideas to consider.

  24. 5 out of 5

    RC

    A must read for anyone looking to get more familiar with the Ayurvedic wisdom and way of being. The appendix is filled with amazing and delicious recipes which was also a plus.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sidharth Middela

    Good Ayurveda insight Good ayurveda insight without boring you. Must read for ppl who wants to live ayurvedic lifestyle or in general want to know abt ayurvedic principles

  26. 4 out of 5

    Hema

    This book reads like sitting down with the author and having a series of deeply engaging and memorable conversations. It is by far the best resource I have found on understanding Ayurveda and how it is a powerful, accessible and uplifting lifestyle. While the book is rich with recipes, remedies and wise counsel on how to be healthy and happy, what I found outstanding and absolutely unique is how the context for each section is created through evocative and deeply informative stories from the auth This book reads like sitting down with the author and having a series of deeply engaging and memorable conversations. It is by far the best resource I have found on understanding Ayurveda and how it is a powerful, accessible and uplifting lifestyle. While the book is rich with recipes, remedies and wise counsel on how to be healthy and happy, what I found outstanding and absolutely unique is how the context for each section is created through evocative and deeply informative stories from the author's young days studying with her grandfather, who was a learned yogi and insightful traditional healer. These stories are vivid, endearing, and deeply spiritual, and invite the reader to contemplate and experience the many dimensions of the state of health that the author and Ayurveda focus on. The author then illustrates how these same teachings are so beneficial and surprisingly easy to apply for those of us who live in Western cities and not on the banks of holy river in the India of a generation or two ago. I found the stories of the author's students very encouraging: how their health and state of mind improved dramatically just by applying this knowledge one step at a time. The style of the book inviting and fascinating to read, and consistently positive - quite a feat to maintain in a long chapter on constipation and diarrhea! The book has a wealth of very accessible advice laid out in ways I know I'll be able to keep referring to easily. The recipes are uncomplicated and easy to follow. I highly recommend this book both for those who want to really explore what Ayurveda is about, and for those who are already familiar with the principles of Ayurveda, as it will give a fresh, full and inspiring perspective.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    This Ayurvedic book is written in such a compassionate, intelligent, and eco-responsible way and I am very happy to have it on my shelf. I feel like I’ve just been given a hundred new ways to love and nurture myself. The author’s own personal examples show that she is a contemplative teacher who constantly lives the practices she writes about. The conversations she has with her grandfather, who was also a master of this knowledge, feel like pieces of contemplative poetry that I’ll come back to a This Ayurvedic book is written in such a compassionate, intelligent, and eco-responsible way and I am very happy to have it on my shelf. I feel like I’ve just been given a hundred new ways to love and nurture myself. The author’s own personal examples show that she is a contemplative teacher who constantly lives the practices she writes about. The conversations she has with her grandfather, who was also a master of this knowledge, feel like pieces of contemplative poetry that I’ll come back to again and again. And I also admire the intelligent way she gives us an extensive and scientific account of how and why this system works. The sections that show how your daily foods can not only support your health, but also your mind, are so interesting and well written. Beginners to advanced Ayurvedans will be able pick up the book and learn from this wealth of information. It is an authentic and grounded combination of soul, mind, and body medicine. It doesn’t feel like “work” when I read this book - all of the inspirational stories and examples make my mind actually look forward to creating new habits and doing more for myself. The author takes beautiful Ayurvedic teachings and brings them to life for our own modern times. And most importantly to me, she shows how we can have less impact on the environment while becoming healthier. A line that really struck me was, “You deserve health. When you follow Ayurvedic injunctions on right living, eating, thinking, sex, exercise, sleep, and leisure, you will be living a lifestyle that is resonant with Nature’s intelligence.” And I definitely desire to be more aligned with Nature, especially after having lived for so many years in a major metropolitan city. The recipes I’ve tried – spiced milk, opo and milk pudding, homemade cream of wheat – are fast and easy to make. Not to mention, healthy AND delicious. The foodie part of me gets to be very satisfied and the scientist part of me gets to understand why they are healthy. Every time I open this book, I find another gem to try. After having bought and read many books in this area, I feel I can highly recommend this book as a first choice for anyone seeking a new, healthy journey!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Erik Steevens

    Certainly one of the better books about Ayurveda. The writer did get her experience from a long family line of practitioners and knowers of this ancient but still very important life style.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Basia

    “ Ayurveda is a noble gift for all humanity.” says Acharya Shunya . And so is her beautiful, much – needed book on how we can see again - or perhaps for the very first time – that our true nature is that of health and goodness and that we can consciously chose to experience it and claim as our birthright. It is a gift of that magnitude –from the all -encompassing definition of health ( hint: so much more then the absence of symptoms!) to the precise, step-by-step ways to evoke and maintain that “ Ayurveda is a noble gift for all humanity.” says Acharya Shunya . And so is her beautiful, much – needed book on how we can see again - or perhaps for the very first time – that our true nature is that of health and goodness and that we can consciously chose to experience it and claim as our birthright. It is a gift of that magnitude –from the all -encompassing definition of health ( hint: so much more then the absence of symptoms!) to the precise, step-by-step ways to evoke and maintain that health. The book covers all areas of our daily living – from the moment we wake up and focus our eyes on something uplifting to how much water we really need, to how we go about optimally nourishing our bodies, senses and the mind, to how we truly rest at night. As someone who spent untold hours in the dental chair and then a small fortune paying for that misery, I was overjoyed reading “The Art of Naturally Sparkling Smiles’ and the “ Oral Health Resource Guide “. There is such wealth of Ayurvedic remedies and preventive measures at my disposal now ! There are no unanswered questions, no dogma of “ you should or shouldn’t “, no stern admonitions. Only a beautiful invitation to synchronize your life with the life all around , with the rising and setting Sun, with the changing seasons, with the Nature always showing us the way. The invitation to listen to the voice of Acharya Shunya and her beloved Baba and the countless generations of the Ayurvedic teachers and healers before them sharing this immense body of knowledge on how to live an authentic, healthy, vibrant life . The invitation to be cognizant of our highest potential and the responsibility to live up to it – to be like the Sarayu River, flowing, strong, carrying blessings. So here is to your health. Do claim your gift.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom offers extraordinary support for anyone wanting to reflect more upon their lifestyle and nutrition - and to make significant changes. The information is well-organized and beautifully presented in a warm, authentic way. I was immediately drawn to the information about one's sleep cycle and the description of the morning practices that she recommends. I've started doing Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) and Gayatri Mantra each morning. Am feeling the positive influence throu Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom offers extraordinary support for anyone wanting to reflect more upon their lifestyle and nutrition - and to make significant changes. The information is well-organized and beautifully presented in a warm, authentic way. I was immediately drawn to the information about one's sleep cycle and the description of the morning practices that she recommends. I've started doing Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) and Gayatri Mantra each morning. Am feeling the positive influence throughout the day - and am eager to experience the transformative effect in utilizing more of these wise teachings. I'm inspired ! Gratitude to Acharya Shunya and all the elders before her for passing this guidance on to us.

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