Essential Ayurveda: What It Is and What It Can Do for You

Ayurveda is perhaps one of the most popular "holistic" health practices in the United States. Based on 5,000 years of practice and observation and popularized in part in the works of Deepak Chopra, "ayurveda" translates into "the science of life" and takes into account the spiritual, mental, and physcial aspects of health. After a brief definition of ayurveda and the basic elements, ESSENTIAL AYURVEDA outlines the practical steps any person can take to become healthier.

According to the author, "ayurveda" is a verb. The book is set up with simple suggestions to get readers started on the path to good health. As Shubhra writes, "attack your goal of great health in bite-sized chunks, and you’ll get there without ever overstepping your comfort zone. In concrete terms, to "do" Ayurveda is to make healthy choices in daily life. These choices can be as simple as choosing fresh fruit over a donut, choosing a health magazine over a horror novel, choosing to sleep instead of watching late night television."

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By Monica (The United States) · ★★★★★ · May 31, 2014
The ancient medicine tradition of Ayurveda is explained in the most detailed yet understandable way. The author is the perfect communicator of this extensive tradition that is embedded in Indian Culture. The teachings of Ayurveda are made simple and understandable in this book, but most of all it... ...more
By Tatiana (Providence, RI) · ★★★★★ · March 07, 2015
A fantastic, practical, and simple introduction to ayurvedic living.
I found myself smiling from ear to ear as Krishan made her suggestions--they seemed so easy to implement, so logical, and so healthy!

I will be looking to add this book to my collection as soon as I can. ...more
By Kenadi (Powell, OH) · ★★★☆☆ · December 07, 2012
The concept of Ayurveda was introduced to me by my yoga instructor and I find it quite fascinating. To describe it at an extremely high level, I would say Ayurveda is a system to help recognize what your mind and body needs and to encourage you to take the the time to meet those needs. Who can't... ...more
By Alyssa (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · March 12, 2011
Essential reading for anyone interested in embarking on a path towards wholistic healing and alternative lifestyle. A very simple, boiled down, summary of Ayurveda, a subject that is quite challenging to research due to the fact that it is a living science, or something that is passed down from p... ...more
By Kylie (Australia) · ★★★★★ · March 28, 2012
This is a great starter guide to Ayurveda. I am just starting to learn about this ancient holistic medicinal practice. This author writes with such warmth and love about the topic this book can't help but get under your skin. This book is a very important contribution to the topic. ...more
By Nicki (Pittsburgh, PA) · ★★★★☆ · September 29, 2009
Very interesting approach to taking care of yourself. I particularly like the anti - all or nothing approach. Do what you can and let the rest of the advice in the book go - it's all about not causing yourself more stress. ...more
By Annie (Austin, TX) · ★★★☆☆ · November 04, 2011
I am partially through it and am enjoying it and learning about ayurveda. Jaya Devi gave it to me while I was visiting in Atlanta. Ayurveda is an ancient way of life and deals with wellness of mind, body and spirit. ...more
By Jade (Australia) · ★★★★☆ · February 21, 2014
It's like this book reminded me of some long forgotten wisdom. Great ideas to help create a healthier and more fulfilled life. Easy to read information. ...more