"A very complete and authoritative manual on the Vedic principles of health and nutrition, written by a well-respected authority in the field. It will be of great benefit to the layperson and professional alike."
—Deepak Chopra, MD
This classic book is a profound but practical testament to the healing power of balanced living. It shows how Ayurveda's ancient principles of health can help you achieve the highest levels of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Ayurveda, the traditional form of medicine in India for 5,000 years relies primarily on the proper use of food and herbs to maintain or restore the body's natural state of balance.
While Ayurvedic healing has become increasingly well known in the West, Miya Tiwari is the first author to provide us with a comprehensive working guide to Ayurveda as a way of life. She expands the traditional number of body types (and their respective dietary requirements) from seven to ten and discusses the psycho-spiritual nature of the types. A comprehensive questionnaire enables you to determine your own body type and extensive charts identify the specific foods and their place in your diet. Seasonal menus and delicious all-vegetarian recipes are keyed to each body type and allow you to choose the foods and spices that are ideally suited to your Ayurvedic constitution.
Maya Tiwari brings every aspect of Ayurveda back to its true source — the health of the spirit. She shows how wholesome foods and spiritual practices (known as sadhanas) of the hearth, home, garden, and community connect us with our essential nature and help us to awaken ahamkara, the memory of who we truly are.
Paperback, 354 pages.