Ayurveda For Dummies (2013) (PDF) by Angela Hope Murray

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Ayurveda For Dummies (2013) (PDF) by Angela Hope Murray

Basic Information:

  • Year: 2013
  • Page Number: 289 pages
  • File Type: PDF
  • File Size: 7,42 MB
  • Authors/ Editiors: Angela Hope Murray

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Rebalance your mind, body and spirit—the natural way! Ayurveda is an ancient system of prevention and treatment of illness by maintaining balance in the body, mind, and spirit according to your individual body type. Ayurveda For Dummies provides you with a comprehensive introduction to this area of complementary medicine, considering the origins and history of Ayurveda as well as practical guidance on utilizing the correct balance of nutrition and exercise, herbal remedies, yoga, and Ayurvedic massage to treat ailments and maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle. Helps you develop a diet based on your body type Advises you on ways to optimize your health by exercising to suit your body type Gives you trusted info on stretching your body with Yoga This hands-on, friendly guide helps you understand your body type and restore balance to your life using the principles of Ayurveda.

User’s Review:

Editorial Reviews: From the Inside Flap Learn to: Rebalance your mind, body and spirit using Ayurveda Develop a balanced diet based on your body type, or dosha Optimise your health by exercising to suit your body type Stretch your body with yoga Bring your mind, body and spirit into perfect harmony – the natural way! Bequeathed to us by the Rishi holy men who lived in the Indus Valley more than five thousand years ago, Ayurveda is a holistic approach to disease prevention and treatment. Recognising that each of us is unique, it aims to achieve and maintain optimal health and vitality through finding the right combination of diet, exercise, massage, yoga and herbal remedies for each body type. Written by a registered Ayurvedic practitioner, this is a thoroughly modern introduction to maintaining a happy, healthy and long life the Ayurvedic way. Discover your body type – use questionnaires, checklists and other tools to identify your body type and general state of health Optimise your systems – get your respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems working at peak performance – and get great skin and hair Beat illness – treat common ailments, as well as major diseases, including everything from congestion and IBS to arthritis and diabetes Eat for balance – develop a system-balancing diet tailored to your body type and general state of health Just do it! – optimise your health with various exercise routines adjusted to your unique body type, age and ability Live in harmony – relieve stress, beat depression and find inner peace using yoga, meditation, breathing exercises and more Open the book and find: The fascinating 5,000-year story of Ayurveda How to identify your body type The causes of illnesses and how to detect them Easy exercises for achieving mind/body balance The right diet for every body type and every season How to manage illnesses with diet, lifestyle changes and herbs Techniques for reducing stress and finding inner peace –This text refers to the paperback edition. From the Back Cover Learn to: Rebalance your mind, body and spirit using Ayurveda Develop a balanced diet based on your body type, or dosha Optimise your health by exercising to suit your body type Stretch your body with yoga Bring your mind, body and spirit into perfect harmony – the natural way! Bequeathed to us by the Rishi holy men who lived in the Indus Valley more than five thousand years ago, Ayurveda is a holistic approach to disease prevention and treatment. Recognising that each of us is unique, it aims to achieve and maintain optimal health and vitality through finding the right combination of diet, exercise, massage, yoga and herbal remedies for each body type. Written by a registered Ayurvedic practitioner, this is a thoroughly modern introduction to maintaining a happy, healthy and long life the Ayurvedic way. Discover your body type – use questionnaires, checklists and other tools to identify your body type and general state of health Optimise your systems – get your respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems working at peak performance – and get great skin and hair Beat illness – treat common ailments, as well as major diseases, including everything from congestion and IBS to arthritis and diabetes Eat for balance – develop a system-balancing diet tailored to your body type and general state of health Just do it! – optimise your health with various exercise routines adjusted to your unique body type, age and ability Live in harmony – relieve stress, beat depression and find inner peace using yoga, meditation, breathing exercises and more Open the book and find: The fascinating 5,000-year story of Ayurveda How to identify your body type The causes of illnesses and how to detect them Easy exercises for achieving mind/body balance The right diet for every body type and every season How to manage illnesses with diet, lifestyle changes and herbs Techniques for reducing stress and finding inner peace About the Author Angela Hope-Murray, MSc (Ayur) MA, BSc (Ost), has been a practitioner of complementary medicine for over 30 years. She trained extensively in Ayurvedic Medicine in Britain, the US, Germany and India, becoming a registered Ayurvedic Practitioner in 2001. Angela is a member of the Health Professions Council, and is currently based at The Hale Clinic in London. Read more

Reviews from Amazon users which were colected at the time this book was published on the website:

⭐Ayurveda for Dummies is a basic approach to what Ayurveda holistic medicine is, its origins, principles, practices, beliefs, ways to incorporate it into your life, and traditional remedies.I didn’t know much about Ayurveda, beyond Ayurveda beauty and relaxing treatments, so it is great putting things into perspective to understand how a whole continent and culture approaches health, wellness, disease and healing.Put it simply, Ayurveda is an alternative and millenarian medicine system born and widely practised in India, but with many devotees and practitioners all over the world. Many of the practices are common-sense ways of taking care of your body mixed with traditional herbology and Eastern philosophy and beliefs.The originality of Aryuveda resides in its integrative philosophy, in which body, mind, soul and energy are all interrelated and presented in your body; a system in which your lifestyle, diet, exercise, and spiritual practices are extremely important and clearly related. Yoga is an integral part of the system as well as herbal remedies. Also characteristic of Ayurveda is the classification of human beings into three basic doshas or types (these doshas have common traits regarding their physical constitution, temperament, psychology, levels of energy and ways in which the body reacts to food and healing). Aryuveda considers sickness an expression of lack of balance in the body. Aryuveda, as Western Medicine, has different branches and specialities.Ayurveda reminds me immensely of pre-modern Western Medicine, the one in which body and soul, mind and body were tightly linked, a Medicine based in the four temperaments-humours-elements minus the Yoga and the chakras. It also reminds me of Western holistic medicine.However, I want to mention two things that caught my attention and I find utterly intriguing and specific to Ayurveda. The first is that Ayurveda cannot be separated from the Sanskrit word and the second is the consideration of the individual as a part of a cosmic whole. Thus, the sentence we are made of star dust is somewhat very Ayurvedic, and the power of the spoken word is also reinforced in this system as well.Explaining some of the concepts in Ayurveda is not easy, but Murry does a great job at introducing those concept for us, adding very useful explanatory tables and illustrations, and providing us with Western medicine terminology to match the one found in Ayurveda.I am a fan of tables, Anything can be explained, clarified and organised in them. This being the case, I really like the many tables in this book, which are really helpful. They are great to discover what your dosha is, the best foods, exercises and medical approaches for every dosha, the characteristics of chakras and so on. The illustrations are also very helpful and simple to understand.Many items of advice in the book can easily be incorporated into your daily routines if you feel like, even if you don’t want to follow Ayurveda. Murray is keen to provide readers with simple remedies to be incorporated into our lifestyle, some of them might be for you while others might not.I found very useful the glossary of Sanskrit words and the botanical glossary with equivalences between Sanskrit, Latin, Hindi and English names. If you are really into Ayurveda, the final appendix contains a list of links to suppliers of herbs, journals, organisations and institutes of Ayurvedic education that will come handy.Murray takes literally that she is writing for dummies and some of the writing is overly simplistic, repetitive, bloggish, and some of the content in the book a series of truisms that apply to the way of understanding well-being by your grandma or you if you have a minimum dose of common sense and are keen on keeping healthy.A huge amount of space is devoted to the description of some basic Yoga exercises. If I wanted a book on Yoga I would have bought another one. I understand that this an integral part of Ayurveda, but describing an exercise is nothing I enjoy or find useful, even if it is accompanied by illustrations. Perhaps a link to videos with the exercises would have been more useful (to me). This is the 21st century after all.The formatting has too many headings and too large (some of them occupy the space of four lines), and to me this always feels as a naughty way of filling pages, not a way or making the headings and subheadings clearly visible.This book is an UK edition, although you won’t find that clearly stated on the cover. Therefore, the bonuses and many of the general links as well as those on nearby practitioners refer to the UK.Overall, this is a very educative and fun, enthusiastic and informative book to read, and good for a first approach to Ayurveda. Great for beginners, but also overly simplistic.

⭐Like this book because it tells me in plain language what ayurveda is and how to live that life. Recipes and all. VERY informative, as usual, and easy to use format, great price, and some humor, also!Would recommend to anyone, even my doctor! I am trading in my wicked ways of eating and going ayervedic and glutin free and meat free. It is helping my rash and I just feel better all the time. Thank You Angela Hope Murray!

⭐The beginning is a bit detailed but I like that I can go back and review what I think is necessary. I originally checked it out at my local library but decided I wanted a copy for myself that I could highlight and refer to when I want.

⭐good

⭐I needed a simply but concisely written summary of what Ayurvedic medication is and how it’s practiced today. And this book does an excellent job of doing just that. I can get deeper into the subject but this gave me a framework to get used to new words; new concepts. I appreciate the charts and drawings accompanying the text since pictures do help and charts bring a lot of key words into simple focus.

⭐As someone who is pretty new to the concept of Ayurveda, this book did an excellent job at describing the general guidelines/practices pertaining to this way of life. I have read a couple of instructional Ayurveda books, and this one is by far my favorite. It’s an easy read that goes more in-depth than other books typically do, and is great to have on-hand as a quick reference book.

⭐Love thumbing through this book. I listened to it for free thanks to my library and wanted a copy on hand. I’m enjoying to body specific exercise guide at this time.

⭐Kind of confusing to go through the whole book, facts everywhere.

⭐Great way of presenting basic and comprehensive information about Ayurveda. It’s helped me find my type and learn about how best to manage my ‘good food is medicine’ campaign. The Dummies books make it easy to understand and this one is no exception. Author has been practising Ayurveda for many years.. good expertise and some great recipies.. Kitchari.. should be a staple in everyone’s diet.

⭐Most “Dummies” books are good, but this one is, I am sad to say, average. Nothing dealt with thoroughly, it felt very much like a primary school review of Ayurveda. Waste of money as far as I am concerned. Didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know, and didn’t go into lots of areas it could have explored.

⭐Learning a lot, a good quality in depth introduction to Ayurveda. Not a quick read but good for learning basics and beyond.

⭐Inlove this book!!!

⭐Like all for dummies books clearly set out and easy to reference at a later date. However I think this is just the start of a complicated subject.

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