Ayurveda, a traditional Indian system of medicine, is a popular mainstay among alternative health therapies. Practitioners of this ancient eastern science believe that mental and bodily health come from a perfect balance of three elemental energies: vata or wind, pitta or bile and kapha or phlegm.
Imbalances are addressed through an array of techniques, including: the ingestion of foods or medicines derived from various plants or minerals; the practice of yoga and other forms of exercise; and the use of massage and meditation. The aim of Ayurveda is "building a healthy metabolic system, attaining good digestion, and proper excretion," according to our friends at Wikipedia.
The concept of achieving health through Ayurveda is familar to just about anyone who has delved into the area of complimentary medicine. There are a number of organizations throughout the United States dedicated to the promotion of Ayurveda, including the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine.
What not everyone knows, though, is that some practitioners focus on the use of Ayurveda to help people look great. Ala Sudol—who is holding an upcoming workshop on the topic—is one of these.
On Saturday, Jan. 22, Sudol will share "Ayurvedic Beauty Secrets" at the Art of Living center (948 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles 90007) The event is relatively lengthy, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., so you can expect Sudol to cover a lot of ground. Oh, and don't forget a sack lunch for the noontime break.
Topics include: Western and Ayurvedic perspectives on beauty; the two types of aging; the impact of stress on physiology and your outer appearance; as well as foods and essential oils that can help you get great skin.
The instructor will help participants assess their constitutional skin type. Next, she will discuss treatments for skin problems and daily skin care for each skin type. She will then show students how to combat age and wear via facial acupressure points, and instruct them on whipping up simple facial products.
Namaste, and may you all feel beautiful!