Using Ayurveda and the Doshas While Reading

Using Ayurveda and the Doshas While Reading

What I love about Ayurveda is that you don’t have to give anything up. It’s more about knowing what your body needs when it needs it. It’s about balancing out the buffalo sauce tempeh one night with cooling foods the next. Or a long run followed by a Yoga Nidra session. While I used to think that finding the middle ground was boring, I now love the idea of playing with balance. Having the ability to always come back to the homeland, even if only for a fleeting moment, feels pretty nice. I know, I’m making balance look as good as Don Draper in his return last week (even in the face of all his consequences).

The balance game applies to reading too. With all of the emotions and impressions we take in through one book, the mind becomes just as much of a sense organ as the ears (ya heard). So I treat it as I would the other senses, I listen to my current doshic state and decide what type of read will make me feel the best in that moment. It’s all about feeding the parts of the mind at the right time of day. For example, I tend to read more educational books between 10am-2pm (Pitta time) and save light fiction or spiritual for before bed as to not overstimulate the mind. In Ayurvedic traditions it’s often said that one should not read while in bed, but I’ll give you a gold star for choosing reading in bed over staring at your Instagram feed any day. Below I share some of my recent/current reads and why I keep them on tab.

1. The Goldfinch – This looooooooong fiction read was just what I needed when I wanted to put away the days events and get out of my head (Pitta).

2. Happy Belly: A Woman’s Guide to Feeling Vibrant, Light, and Balanced  – A book highlighting Ayurveda nutrition and all things digestion. Perfect for fueling the mind and a great read for Pitta one time (10am-2pm).

3. Damn Good Advice – George Lois is a mastermind and his book will be sure to get your creative juices flowing (hey Vata).

4. One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories – Because you need a funny book on deck at all times. To laugh is to release energy. Whenever I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed or grumpy, I hang out with B.J. Novak and his absurd short stories.

5. Reveal: A Sacred Manual for Getting Spiritually Naked – A spiritual read is a must for when you want to feel connected, take deep breaths and calm down. I often pull this out if I’m having a busy day and can’t make it to my mat. An asana in kindle form, it’s a thing.

6. The Four Hour Work Week – I use this type of book when I’m having a Kapha day. It gets me motivated, inspired and ready to work.

What books do you use for your dosha? Do you read at any certain times? Just want to learn more about Ayurveda? Click here for my Ayurveda book recommendations.

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