Through the lens of Ayurveda
When we can look at a situation through a different lens, it often provides a refreshing perspective change, and allows us to expand our understanding, our knowledge and ultimately our experience.
I love being able to look at women's health and wellness through the lenses of BOTH functional nutrition AND Ayurveda.
We can also look at women's health, particularly the phase of perimenopause, through the lens of misinformation and unnecessary suffering that many women are the victims of. If you've ever heard women refer to perimenopause as "a curse" or that it (suffering) is a "right of passage" then you'll know what I mean. There is a misconception out there that when our hormones begin to shift we have to endure mood swings, anxiety, heavy periods, fatigue, hot flushes, bloating, tender breasts, insomnia and more.
But we don't have to "just deal with it". And we definitely should NOT just deal with it.
I have come to know that our bodies are our most precious guides to a life of vibrant health. Our bodies communicate with us every day, guiding us through subtle signs, symptoms and whispers of intuition that lead us back to balance.
Ayurveda teaches us how to interpret our body's signs and symptoms so we can take action in order to honor what we need to stay in balance. The phase of transitioning to menopause is no different.
According to Ayurveda, there are 3 phases of a person's life:
Kapha stage is birth to young adulthood when we are growing. Kapha dosha is in charge of nurturing and building tissue as we grow in childhood.
Pitta stage is young adult - menopause for women. This is when our bodies are able to reproduce and we grow a family. We have the passion and drive to follow our dreams and live out our purpose with a meaningful career.
Vata stage is menopause until end of life. This beautiful phase is meant to be when we are most connected to our highest selves. Our intuition becomes stronger. We reflect on our life lessons and share our knowledge and wisdom to help others on their life journeys.
This is the Beauty of Menopause through the lens of Ayurveda.
The transition between Pitta stage of life and Vata stage of life is what we refer to as perimenopause. Interestingly, many of the symptoms that arise as our hormones shift with this transition, are predominantly pitta and vata imbalances.
When we listen to our bodies, practice self-care, nourish ourselves with real whole foods, and address the root causes of our symptoms, perimenopause is a smooth transition, with minimal discomfort.
Learning these practices is available to all women. Learning to live in harmony with our bodies is available to all women.
Living life with zest, joy, health and strength and passion is available to all women who wish to learn these beautiful practices.
Keep on Thriving!