Discover Ayurveda with Andrea Lewtas
My name is Andrea Lewtas, and I’m a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner. I’m truly passionate about Ayurveda, yoga, meditation, travel, and life in general! I grew up in a small beachside town in Victoria, and after traveling the world for many years, discovering myself and what this amazing planet has to offer, I completed my Advanced Diploma of Ayurveda at the Australia Institute of Holistic Medicine, and now find myself living the beach life once again with my partner in sunny Fremantle, practicing Ayurveda.
I truly love sharing the amazing wisdom of Ayurveda and hope that through this newsletter you will gain a little insight into this ancient science, and that it will enable you to integrate some of this wisdom into your daily life. I will be discussing various topics such as digestion, immunity, diet, vitality and also introduce some Ayurvedic concepts to give you a better understanding of the magic that is Ayurveda.
What is Ayurveda?
Ok, so if you’ve never heard of Ayurveda (and most haven’t!) you probably have a few questions about this exotic sounding modality, such as, how do you say it?! So, first things first, The Sanskrit word आयुर्वेद is pronounced - Aye-yur-vay-da. It can be broken down to ‘ayur’ translating into ‘life’ and ‘veda’ into ‘knowledge’, hence it is known as ‘the knowledge of life’. Time honoured and traditional, Ayurveda is a method of medical treatment that has been practiced in India for over five thousand years.
One of the many things I love about this wonderful science is that because the tools Ayurveda provides have been tried and tested over thousands of years, as a result they have remained unchanged. What we learn today about Ayurveda is what was taught by the sadhus and sadhvis (holy men and women) of India thousands of years ago! Ayurveda is not a fad, it’s not a special diet, and it doesn’t exclude particular foods or food groups. Instead it is a way of life that teaches us to tune into nature and into ourselves. This allows us to live life with purpose, joy, contentment, and flow!
Let food be thy medicine
Within Ayurvedic practice, one of the main pillars of well-being is food. Ayurveda recognises that food not only provides nutrition but is also our medicine. For example, spices have been used in cooking for thousands of years by many cultures. Not only do they add wonderful flavour to our food but they also have amazing medicinal benefits. Kashaya is an Ayurvedic combination of health promoting spices which naturally improves digestion, boosts the immune system, reduces inflammation, and lowers cholesterol levels. Who knew the humble family of spices could do so much!
I will be going into greater detail about Ayurveda in the next newsletters and look forward to sharing it with you.