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Ayurveda for Women: A Guide to Vitality and Health Paperback – December 1, 2000
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"Ayurveda for Women provides all the information contemporary women need to achieve awareness, and does so in an easy to understand manner. It's essential reading for any woman interested in keeping herself and her family healthy and happy." (Sandra I. Smith, The Midwest Book Review)
"Ayurveda for Women provides a way for women to live their lives more simply, more naturally and more contentedly." (Share Guide, Jan/Feb 2002)
"This is a practical guide on creating and sustaining a balanced, healthy life by following Ayurvedic principles, including meditation and massage." (The American Herb Association, Vol. 20:2)
"Dr. Svoboda's clear writing style allows easy access for the most uninitiated reader. . . . a terrific read." (Katie MacGregor, Magical Blend, Summer 2001)
"Ayurveda as outlined here could be the answer many women are seeking." (Branches of Light, Spring into Summer 2001)
"Svoboda is uniquely able to detail health issues central to female lives." (PJ Birosik, Nexus, January/February 2002)
About the Author
The first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice in India, Dr. Robert Svoboda is the leading advocate of Ayurveda in the United States. He teaches at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, lectures around the world, and is the founder of Sushakti, a company providing traditional Ayurvedic products. His many books include the bestseller Ayurveda: Life, Health and Longevity.
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This book will get you started on the right track and provide with abundant information to process and incorporate into your lifestyle.
It also explains the psychological under layer of some common body dysfunctions, for instance the correct approach to weight loss without strenuous diets or self-hatred, based on the consciousness and responsibility to your body. After reading this book, I would present a friend with it.
Ironically, I was sitting outside earlier today thinking about writing reviews when one book in particular on pranayama came to mind. I tried hard to find nice things to say about the book as some of the relevant content most likely went undiscovered because I never gave the book a chance since I was so turned off by the tone of the author... What caused the wall to be put up? Was it my own emotionally mental disruption or the condescending tone and use of language? While reading the book I tried to give the benefit of doubt and talk myself away from the disruptive tone and just see the words as guideposts, but was given a reality check when listening to the accompanying practice CD. Listening to the author speak out loud and make unnecessary comments was definitely undeniable. Whatever the case, I've decided to give the book another go before commenting on it.
This book discusses the doshas and how they relate in a woman's life during childhood (Kapha Age), womanhood (Pitta Age) and wise woman (Vata Age). Nature and elements that make up the cycle of life make an appearance as well. I found useful the information on food as medicine, food guidelines for basic constitutional types, and herbal remedies.
Dr. Svoboda is the first Westerner to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice in India. He currently writes, teaches, and lectures internationally.
According to Ayurvedic principles, "every substance that we encounter and every action that we perform or that is performed on us influences our inner balance for good or ill." Dr. Svoboda adds that "Ayurveda aims to train individuals to evade disease, rather than insisting that they wait for illnesses to develop before they can be treated."
He describes three stages in women's lives-youth, adulthood, and old age-and provides complete information on the role of Ayurvedic practices in each stage. Essential to good health at any stage of life is "flow," that is, the ability of "substances and energies [to] continually and adroitly find their ways into and out of living organisms." In humans, this includes processes like digestion and menstruation. Blockages in any of the fourteen primary flows lead to problems.
Ayurveda is based on three "forces" which are called doshas. Dr. Svoboda describes the characteristics of each dosha, and provides a simple quiz that allows women to determine which dosha predominates in their life. He explains the strengths and weaknesses of each dosha, and how to incorporate those into daily life.
A balanced life includes exercise, sleep, diet, meditation, and good relationships. Ayurveda principles include becoming aware of the role of each of these, and practicing body-mind-spirit healing. Dr. Svoboda says that "the better you can awaken your awareness, the better you will flow through life, and the more health will accrue to you." Ayurveda for Woman provides all the information contemporary women need to achieve awareness, and does so in an easy to understand manner. It's essential reading for any woman interested in keeping herself and her family healthy and happy.