What would it feel like to be at your very best state of health? How would you feel with your body at its ideal proportions for your build and dosha balance? How much freedom would you have knowing that your body was at its healthiest function?
The answer to all of these questions is simple: You would feel like your true self – vital, joyous and content.
Weight loss, gyms, fad diets and plastic surgery are huge industries in our modern times. All of them are based on the notion that people must adhere to a specific physical standard, usually very thin or very muscular. But we are not designed to fit in a mold and be the same – the unique balance of our doshas, as represented by the blend of elements in us, dictates what build and weight are best suited to us. And when we are in balance with our unique constitution, we feel great! We can learn to allow our body to find its optimal, natural state, and to live comfortably in our bodies. The teachings of Ayurveda and Yoga can show us the way.
An Ayurvedic perspective on body size
According to Ayurveda, every person is born with a constitution that is made up of a unique combination of the five elements (ethers, air, fire, water and earth). Some people are born with large bones, some with small bones. Some people build muscle easily while others do not. And there are many degrees in between. No matter how you feel about it at this moment, your body is a divine vessel for your spirit, and it was made perfectly for your needs in this lifetime.
Just as unique as your constitution is your ideal weight. Too much over your ideal weight indicates accumulation of fat and strains your vital organs. Too much under and you lose the protection that fat and muscle provide for the organs against illness and for mental stability.
Ayurveda allows you to tune into the messages from your body so you can let go and allow your body to find that place of health and comfort that is uniquely your own. Your whole being can naturally move toward balance – you simply need to step out of the way. Applying time-proven Ayurvedic principles to eating and living on a consistent basis will align you with nature, resulting in a healthier body, a clear mind and a better sense of who you really are.
How to get out of the way of finding your ideal weight
Just remember – your body actually wants to come to a place of balance and find its ideal weight. That ideal weight is yours and no one else’s, based on who you are, your stage of life and the time of year. When you tune in, relax into alignment with what is natural and get out of the way, your body will respond to settle in a place of health, joy and comfort.
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