Agni is the sanskrit term for the fiery energy of transformation, and is also known as our digestive fire. This energy is present within us and transforms anything we take in through the senses, including food, drink, taste, sound, color, light, scent, physical sensation, experiences, as well as feelings and emotions. Agni processes all of this, transforming everything into either consciousness or toxins. Maintaining strong, balanced agni builds vitality, and weak agni leads to accumulation of toxins and disease. The state of our agni is affected by our state of mind, how we live, what we eat, how we eat, and when we eat.
Keeping our agni balanced is therefore very important to maintaining a state of health, and can be done in a number of simple ways.
1. Eat in a calm atmosphere (both internal and external) with gratitude and consciousness.
The state of our mind is closely related to the state of our agni. Eating when hurried, anxious, angry, resentful,...
Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old holistic system of healing that is based in nature. Unlike other health systems, it considers one’s unique constitution while viewing each person as an inseparable part of nature, in which the body, mind, and spirit naturally want to come back into a balanced state of well-being.
Conventional medicine often relies on external inputs- potentially addictive drugs and “quick fixes” to cover up symptoms, which are likely to come back unless the cause of the symptom is addressed. This also keeps people attached to the medical industry and reliant on suggestions of doctors. With Ayurveda, the harmonious balance of body-mind-spirit is reached through increased consciousness, self-responsibility, and taking action to make changes that will clear up the root cause of dis-ease. Instead of covering up symptoms, Ayurveda is long-term-solution based and empowers the client to take responsibility for his or her own health.