Ayurveda, like yoga, is a centuries-old tradition that originated in India. This ancient medicinal system—which is experiencing a surge in popularity here in the West—teaches that good health comes from a balance of the body, mind and spirit, and that a body out of balance signals its needs through symptoms. Accordingly, that breakout on your face could mean that something in your body is out of whack.
“In the Ayurvedic perspective, the body doesn’t ever create a symptom without a good reason,” says Dr. John Douillard, an Ayurvedic and chiropractic physician and director of LifeSpa Ayurvedic Retreat Center in Boulder, Colo. “Every symptom is an attempt by the body to heal itself.”
Ayurveda aims to heal physical and mental ailments based on individual energy types called doshas. According to Ayurvedic principles, everything and everyone possesses the qualities of four elements: fire, water, earth and air. Combinations of these elements determine your individual dosha (Vata, Pitta or Kapha). “It’s a holistic approach that takes all the guesswork out of getting healthy,” says Kulreet Chaudhara, M.D., the Director of Wellspring Health in La Jolla, Calif. “For each unique body type, there exists a simple, direct prescriptive path to becoming a balanced, happy person with the least amount of effort.”
Once you determine your type (Take a quiz here), you can follow a diet and skincare regimen to help keep your body—and complexion—perfectly in check. “Your skin is really a reflection of your digestion, and fixing the problem on the surface doesn’t address the deeper issues present,” Chaudhary says. “Ayurveda helps find where the problems originate and fix them at the root.”
At this full-service New York City spa and wellness center, clients can address every skincare concern—from anti-aging to eczema—with the help of founder Pratima Raichur, who combines her chemistry, botany and Ayurvedic training to develop personalized regimens. Can’t get to SoHo? The organic Pratima skincare line and informative lifestyle book, "Absolute Beauty," can be purchased directly through the site.
Ayurveda is still an emerging science in the US, which explains why Ayurvedic specialists are hard to come by. Luckily, Alternatives for Healing locates the few that do exist closest to you. Just click on “Find a Practitioner,” select “Ayurveda” from the drop down, find your state and start your search.
Letsallbehealthy.com is a go-to resource for all things Ayurvedic: from herbs to massage oils, they’ve got all the information. Wondering where to find an Ayurvedic practitioner? This site offers a listing of practitioners in eleven states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. If you live in (or nearby!) one of these states, visit the site, dial a phone number and start healing.
Worldwide Health Center is concentrated on natural health products and treatments. This website allows you to purchase different natural products to improve your body. As if that wasn't helpful enough, the site is also another super helpful tool to help locate Ayurvedic practitioners. Scroll through there selection of practitioners and hopefully find the doctor closest to you.
Ayurvedic Body Type: Find your Dosha
Are you Vata, Pitta or Kapha? Find out your Dosha by taking Dr. Oz’s Ayurvedic Body Type quiz. Answer all 18 questions and find out your Dosha type in a few minutes. Once you’ve found your results, you find out not only your body type but also a meal plan that caters to you.
The pop-cultural father of Eastern philosophy, Deepak Chopra’s website offers plenty of resources—from books to retreats to online programs—for those interested in learning more about an Ayurvedic lifestlye. Try his natural daily supplements to target everything from weight loss to indigestion.
After suffering for years from chronic acne as a young teen, Kristen Ma finally discovered the benefits of natural skincare ingredients. Inspired by her personal experience, she became an Ayurvedic practitioner and esthetician with her own Canadian-based spa and holistic product line. Her book "Beauty: Pure + Simple A Holistic Guide to Natural Beauty" is a must-read.
Take a short quiz to determine your dosha, then shop the eco-friendly site for herbalist-blended supplements, juices, teas and skincare products. The lifestyle brand uses organically certified, sustainably harvested plant extracts and herbs to rejuvenate your complexion from the inside out.
In Sanskrit, the ancient language of India, the word “Rasasara” refers to ‘the cream which rises to the top.’ And if your epidermis is the “cream,” then this product range is the ultimate skin food, nourishing every “dosha” with a veritable buffet of cleansers, moisurizers, exfoliators and masks.
Creator Shaffali Miglani developed her own natural Ayurvedic and aromatherapeutic skincare after watching her mother mix herbs and spices to make masks and creams as a girl. Her range of products for face and body includes traditional Ayurvedic ingredients—think turmeric and sandalwood—to cleanse and detoxify all skin types.
You can also find Shaffali's products for sale on our sister site BeautySage!
This Ayurvedic Apothecary in Beverly Hills is stocked with handcrafted face and body products containing exotic ingredients (including ultra-soothing neem and amla oils) culled in a traditional process.
A former pharmaceutical research and development chemist designed this ultra high-tech Ayurvedic skincare line. Fusing advanced liposome technology (a hallmark delivery system of mainstay drugstore brands) with traditional Ayurvedic ingredients (such as basil, neem and jasmine), Exquis offers skin-savvy users the best of both worlds.
You won’t sacrifice an ounce of luxury with this elegant range of products—each infused with a Brahmin’s ransom of Ayurvedic ingredients. The boho-chic Indian packaging will be right at home next to your French perfume, and it'll give your vanity an enviable globe-trotting vibe.
A completely comprehensive hair, skin and body line, Veria ID offers 11 different products for each of three doshas. In addition to bathroom basics such as shampoo, cleansers and moisturizers, you’ll find beauty extras like masks, detanglers and eye creams with an Ayurvedic bend.
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