Ayurveda & Stress

by Trace on May 14, 2010

Chapter 3 of my book How To Overcome Stress Naturally, I interviewed Shanti Gowans, President Australasian Ayurvedic Practitioners Association & CEO The Meditation Institute – Southport, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia … cont.

What is the Ayurvedic approach when someone has stress in their life?

Stress and pain are shadows of the outstretched hand of the divine. It is the universal Truth asking us to make a change that will help us fulfil the purpose of our life.


When people approaches us with stress, we first would ascertain what dosha they are, what their signature tune is, because to bring them back to that would be to bring them back to the optimum tune that they play. Vata, Pitta, Kapha.

Note: Go to www.HowtoOvercomeStressNaturally.com to fill in the FREE Ayurvedic dosha questionnaire.

For instance, a vata dosha person under stress would get anxious and nervous and fearful.

A pitta person under stress would get angry and aggressive.

A kapha person under stress would go into a kind of state of no action like a paralysis that is the precursor to depression.

When we find out what their constitution is which we find out when we go through a series of observations and questioning and they talk about how they feel things they then begin to understand their own characteristic state.

It’s really an explanation and education as to why we wouldn’t want them to be anything but who they are, to honour who they are, and to function optimally, they must be who they are.


What if we could entertain the possibility that there were nothing wrong with this person?

Ayurveda and Yoga are so welcoming to everything and that’s what acceptance is all about. There is absolutely no reason to reject anything. In an holistic perspective, life is an all-inclusive oneness and it allows us to negotiate with it.

The three guidelines of traditional ayurveda are:

1.   food (aahar)

2.   life style (vihar) and

3.   thoughts (vijar).

To maintain a healthy body and mind it is very important to take care yourself with:

1.   The right food,

2.   A disciplined life style and

3.   A balanced mind with healthy thoughts.

A disciplined life style means giving our body the proper rest and exercise. According to traditional ayurveda proper sleep is the base of health and sleep is known as the best therapy in life.


Sleep, like most healthy and beautiful things on this earth, is free.

The only thing we need to do is to fix an appointment with our bed and keep it every day.

How can people find an Ayurvedic practitioner in their local area?

You can get in touch with one of the associations. Shanti Gowans is President of  Australasian Ayurvedic  Practitioner’s Association. http://www.ayurvedapractitionersaustralia.com/

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