Ayurveda: celebrity healing trend

March 11, 2010

Kylie Minogue, Jennifer Aniston, Madonna and Oprah Winfrey all follow this health plan. What is it? Find out now.

Kylie Minogue has come out this week as the latest celebrity devotee of Ayurveda, the world’s oldest healing science originating from India. With other celebrity followers including Jennifer Aniston, Madonna and Oprah Winfrey, Ayurveda could be the latest celebrity craze to sweep the world.

So what is it? Ayurveda follows the belief that to achieve true health we must be in physical, emotional and spiritual balance. It looks to treat the whole body, not just the symptoms of a disease and relies on herbs, diet, massage and yoga to diagnose and for treatment.

An authority on Ayurveda, Dr Robert Svoboda says “Ayurveda is a sister science to yoga. Most people now days are not well connected to their lives, families, society, minds and bodies. Ayurveda and yoga both try to rectify this balance.”

According to Ayurvedic medicine, people can be broken down into three character types called ‘Dosha’ which determines looks, health, personality and body shape. Once you know your Dosha you can eat, exercise and live accordingly to maintain optimum health and balance for body, mind and soul. The three types of dosha that people can fall under are Pitta (fire), Vata (air) and Kapha (earth).

According to latest reports, Kylie has been diagnosed by an Ayurvedic practitioner as a Vata type – like Cameron Diaz and Julia Roberts – which means she should avoid too much fruit, especially when mixed with other foods.

“Ayurveda can be great for weight loss as it addresses the reason why many people put on weight,” explains Dr Svoboda. “most of the time people eat because they are trying to satisfy a mental hunger, not a physical one. Simply breathing properly and moving regularly can remind the body that it needs to be active and therefore it will lose weight. Being dormant conditions the body to store weight because it thinks, “Oh well, I don’t need to move so I won’t prepare for it.”

For more on Ayurveda visit www.subtleenergies.com.au or www.drSvoboda.com. Dr Robert Svoboda will be conducting his last-ever Ayurveda workshops in Sydney this weekend. Book online now at www.ayaustralia.org or call 02 8850 1356.

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