World renowned keynote speaker, best-selling author, world traveler… and she recently got engaged in Bali after one of the most epic proposal stories we’ve ever heard! But Sahara Rose wasn’t always a glowing picture of health and success.
In fact, she went through a really tough time - she didn’t have periods, lost her hair, suffered from bloating and constipation. No one could find the cause or cure the problem. Until one day she read about the Vata dosha - it was like reading her autobiography. Following ayurvedic practices to bring this dosha back into balance, Sahara regained her health.
But it was hard - Ayurveda processes are old school, and many don’t work for today’s busy lifestyles. So Sahara decided to redesign these ancient practices to fit the modern world.
Her two books - The Idiot’s guide to Ayurveda, and Eat Feel Fresh (with a foreword by Deepak Chopra!) offer simple and easy to follow strategies to get your doshas, and your health, back into balance.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is over 5000 years old; it’s the world’s oldest heath system. It means “the knowledge of life.” Ayurveda involves your entire life in order to heal you: nutrition, digestion, self-care, movement, morning rituals, your environment, your relationships, and your purpose.
What Dosha Are You?
Dosha means energy. In Ayurveda, we’re all made up of three energies from the elements space, air, fire, water and earth. The three doshas are Vata (air and space), Pita (fire and water) and Katha (earth and water).
Mind: creative, artistic, go with the flow, visionary… but if unbalanced: difficulty coming down to earth, anxiety, everything up in the air, head in the clouds, not liking a set schedule
Body: lean, flexible… but if unbalanced: cold skin, slow digestion, bloating, cracking joints, unbalanced appetite, dry skin.
Mind: feisty, high energy, driven, business-minded, regimented, likes routine, motivated…. But if unbalanced: angry, aggressive.
Body: strong and athletic… but if unbalanced: high risk of inflammation, heart burn, acne, rashes.
Mind: calm, peaceful, very giving… but if unbalanced: gives too much, unable to set boundaries, people pleaser.
Body: solid, endurance… but if unbalanced: lethargic and prone to increased mucous.
We are all a combination of all three of these doshas, in varying amounts. What’s more, these doshas may change depending on where you are in your life. Ayurveda heals the doshas within us so that we can rebalance our health.
To find out your dosha, take the quiz on Sahara’s website.
How to Rebalance Your Dosha:
Warm, grounding foods - think roots! Stay away from excessively cold foods.
Cooling, alkalizing foods - more leafy greens, bitter veg, coconut. Avoid spicy foods.
Stimulating foods - warming spices to rev up metabolism.
In her latest book, Eat Feel Fresh, Sahara makes it easy to incorporate this ancient healing practice into your life with over 100 ayurvedic plant-based recipes. Her other book, An Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda contains all the self-care and lifestyle strategies to take your health to the next level. Check out Sahara’s podcast, Highest Self.
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