By Ari Edwards
What it is
- The mind and the body are totally and completely connected.
- The mind has the ultimate power to transform and heal the body.
There are five main energies--the doshas--that rule the nature of the self: movement, transformation and structure (or wind, fire and earth). It is believed that the balance of these three elements results in good health, while imbalance results in problems with the mind and body. Ayurveda is all about balance (sound familiar?) and treats the mind and body so that they’re in perfect balance, allowing for a healthy and happy life.
Ayurveda and Physical Health
It’s pretty common to drink a nice, cold glass of water with our meals here in the States, however, Ayurveda teaches us that cold water can cause digestive issues by cooling digestive enzymes in the GI tract, making it harder to break down what we consume. Drinking hot water helps light the digestive fire in your body because it allows your food to be processed and absorbed more effectively. Warm water also helps flush toxins out of the body. Try boiling water first thing in the morning and drinking with ginger and lemon for some extra fire in the belly. Plus, warm water leaves you feeling energized, clear-headed and gets your metabolism going. Next time you go for that cold drink at your meal, opt for warm water instead.
Massage & Self Love
Sesame oil: great for all external uses on the body, even oil pulling
Narayani oil: helps with stiffness and nerve disorders
Sweet almond oil: very light yet moisturizing and soothing
Coconut oil: helps nourish tissues beneath the skin
Bhringaraj oil: promotes better sleep and healthy skin
Neem oil: super calming, detoxifying for the body
This is a great video with tips on how to give yourself a loving massage!
Stress and Sleep
- Incorporate the six tastes into each meal. Each satisfies the nutritional needs of the body.
- Drink warm water while eating, it helps food to be broken down more efficiently.
- In Ayurvedic tradition, lunch should be the largest meal of the day. It is believed that when the sun is the highest in the sky (around 12, aka lunch time) the digestive fire in the belly is at its prime. Keep breakfast and dinner light.
- Eat in a calm, open environment.
- Include whole foods (foods that haven’t been processed) into your diet. Raw fruits and vegetables do wonders for the body.
The #BEASTMODE Hair Challenge
Today is the final day of the Beastmode Hair Challenge. We'd like to thank you all so much for participating! The results you all achieved absolutely blew us away. We will be showing your results all week!
Tameka had great progress from March to May!
And Cynthia saw some major growth, too!
"My final results! The #beastmodehairkit is everything! Thank you #curlyproverbz and#bellebarbeauty for creating these wonderful products! My hair is thicker, healthier and I’m planning to keep it up by protective styling and continuing to use your Henna Gloss and tea rinses !!"
Kathy got inches!
"I want to say thank you to curlyproverbz. I started following you September 2017 and just look at how much my hair had grown from the 1st time ever having my hair straightened in June 2017 til November 2017. You rock girl!!"
Check out Diondra's length!
"Y'all, I took my pictures just to see if there's a difference in length and I'm stunned. I started this hair routine on the 8th and it's only been 3 weeks! The first week I started with a regular deep condition and used the tea (DIY) on my hair and a leave-in 3x a week. I didn't make the oil until the 2nd week. Just been adding one thing at a time when I can so I don't get too overwhelmed. And currently, I have a henna gloss on my head. It'll be my second one this month."
The Streets Are Talking
This kit has everything you need to create an Ayurvedic hair regimen and grow long, healthy hair. Don't worry, we'll get into regimen details later this week in Beauty School.
"Y’all, this kit has all of the curly proverbz winners and your hair will thank you for the tender loving care of the clay, the gloss, the deep conditioner treatments and the hair oil. We deserve to treat ourselves ladies. Also, I will forever be a belle bar beauty because these ladies are about their business. My kit arrived on time and it has everything I needed to get my coils on and popping! Thank you!"