While naturopathy is growing more common in the US, Ayurveda is still relatively unknown with the exception of one of its branches: yoga asana, otherwise known as the poses seen in countless studios across the US. Ayurveda has been around for at least 5,000 years in India, and is the practice of self-healing. All people are broken down into three main constitutions: vata, pitta, kapha, or a blend of the three. Depending on a person’s constitution, different approaches to diet, exercise, and life are necessary to find balance and healing.
“Ayurveda is a conscious-based system of health that includes spiritual practices.”
The first third of The Wheel of Healing with Ayurveda: An Easy Guide to a Healthy Lifestyle breaks the basics of Ayurveda down for the reader in a brief, but interesting manner. The author, Michelle S. Fondin is not a doctor but instead owns her own yoga studio where she teaches asana and meditation and also counsels clients’ lifestyles. She holds a Vedic Master certificate from the Chopra Center, which explains much about the book. If you are a fan of Dr. Deepak Chopra, this book may interest you. The second two-thirds of The Wheel of Healing with Ayurveda is devoted to basic self-help advice found in dozens of self-help books on the market with a dash of vata, pitta, kapha mixed in. She references Western self-help celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Suze Orman, Anthony Robbins, Daniel Goleman, Dr. Andrew Weil, and Dr. Wayne Dryer. For readers familiar with self-help books, The Wheel of Healing with Ayurveda becomes very redundant in the larger conversation.
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