If any of this sounds familiar, you are like most of us - in the middle of your own climate change crisis.
“Wait right there”, you say, “what do you mean, my own climate change?”
Yes, you’ve heard of global warming… but have you heard of this??
It’s not just the glaciers in the Himalayas and the global ocean levels, Climate Change happens inside our bodies too, every day, all the time!
Poor lifestyles and external stresses throw off the delicate balance of elements in our physiology, causing us to get too spacey, or fiery or boggy. You may call these imbalances the results of pathogenesis or oxidative stress but Ayurveda explains it in a far more real way, which we can all relate to…
But first, the great news –
Unlike climate change at the macro level, our internal climate can be reclaimed and restored. In fact, taking back this unique inner climate is the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do for yourself and your family. Hyperbole? Not really. This is what Ayurveda tells us…
AYURVEDA TELLS US THAT RIGHT AT THE EMBRYONIC STAGE ITSELF, THE FIVE ELEMENTS COMBINE IN US IN UNIQUE RATIOS TO MAKE UP OUR PRAKRUTI –OR INNATE NATURE.
The pancha mahabhutas of
Combine in us in unique combinations of doshas:
To make our Prakruti.
Each prakruti is completely unique, with certain elements predominating. (This is the reason, by the way, that your talkative best friend is so “spaced-out” - but more on that later!)
External stresses and inputs act as the precursors to our inner climate change - disrupting our unique balance of elements, inviting imbalance and then disease into our systems.
SO WE EACH HAVE A UNIQUE INNER CLIMATE OR BODY CHEMISTRY WHICH IS SUSCEPTIBLE TO CHANGE. THAT’S GREAT, BUT WHY SHOULD I CARE?
Because making the right choices for your family and for you is VERY confusing. After all, you are surrounded by so much generalized information and scientific findings that seem to change every day!
You know what we mean - you’re drowning in questions about which food fads are just fads. Questions like: “How do I know which form of exercise works best for me right now? Which foods may actually be aggravating my child’s attention deficit issues? Why is my reproductive health not improving despite weight loss? Is a gluten free diet the right choice for my individual body? And why does following the maximum of “eight hours of sleep a day” actually leave me feeling even more lethargic instead of refreshed?”
Phew! That’s a lot of questions – but finding their answers becomes simpler when you know - really know - your PRAKRUTI or unique nature, doesn’t it?
Think about it: Say, blueberries are a great source of antioxidants and all your friends are swearing by them. But you stay away, because you know the fruit acids from the blueberries are a “trigger” for your naturally dominant Pitta or fiery element, which anyway tends to overflow, leading to heartburn. You wisely prefer to get your antioxidants from milder, sweeter fruits, such as avocados and coconuts…
That’s wise, Prakruti-driven decision-making in action and really is the KEY to good health.
Understanding our Prakruti tells us the conditions under which we, as individuals, thrive. When you live, eat, sleep and work in harmony with your own climate, not your neighbor’s or your friend’s or even your partner’s -
Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it? But hmmm…. wonder how many of us are living this idyll!?!
Let’s keep it real. Most of us are not!
That is why understanding the balance of elements in you is so important! AND ALSO BECAUSE OF THE OTHER, MORE EXCITING PART: YOUR OPTIMAL STATE IS AN IDYLL BUT IT IS ALSO A VERY, VERY ACHIEVABLE IDYLL.
Ayurveda tells us the elements in us WANT to get back into their native nature. If we’re born Vata dominant, for instance, with the spacey, airy elements dominating our prakruti, you can be sure no matter how many fiery or boggy symptoms you display, your body wants to go into Vata mode. All it needs to get there is for the distorting pressures to be released, much like a child’s released slinky finds its shape back!
“Sounds perfect”, you’re saying, “let me just find out if I’m a Vata-Kapha or Pitta-Vata type…”but that is just the first step because
WE HAVEN’T YET SPOKEN ABOUT THE BIGGEST TWIST, SOMETHING WHICH EVEN THOSE OF YOU FOLLOWING AYURVEDIC AND YOGIC PRACTICES NEED TO READ ABOUT… NOW!”
Before you start making changes, think about THIS:
You probably know you are not in a state of perfect balance or your native climate right now…
But do you know you haven’t been in a long, long while too?!?
Years of imbalances and external stresses means we have been in a state of vikruti – or altered doshas – for quite some time. Even when we try to recall our “ORIGINAL” nature, we might be referring to an imbalance of five years ago!!!
SO HOW DO YOU GET TO YOUR PRAKRUTI – YOUR HIDDEN, TANTALIZING, INNATE OPTIMAL NATURE?
How do you heal your current symptoms and peel back the layers of imbalances to zoom into your native climate, from the inside-out?
And how do you make sense of all this intelligence in a meaningful way that impacts your life and those of your family?
To help you discover yourself and to learn what works for you, the individual, the Ayurveda Experience is proud to introduce its new course
And this unique, exciting course - which is really like a voyage of discovery - has been authored by a leading light in Ayurveda in the West; a wise, smart and completely relatable teacher who shows you to really listen to what your unique body is saying.
And like she says, “when your body talks, you better listen!”
Want to know more about Marisa?
Marisa received her certification from the American Institute of Vedic Studies and completed her postgraduate study in Ayurveda with Dr. Geetha S.R. of the Sree Sankara Ayurveda Hospital in Kerala, India.
She is a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton, California. Marisa teaches a variety of Ayurveda and Yoga programs worldwide and is a life-long student of Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta.
Here is what Marisa has to say about the power of knowing your Prakruti:
“In my two decades of healing with Ayurveda, the BIGGEST LESSON I have learnt is that no two individuals are alike. Ayurveda teaches that at the time of conception, there is a unique ratio of Vata, Pitta and Kapha that is determined and that makes us our own unique selves. Your prakruti never changes, and is your state of optimal health, the sum of all your tendencies. Our constitution (prakruti) is often defined in terms of the percentages of each dosha. For example, someone might be 50% Vata, 30% Pitta and 20% Kapha. Knowing this allows you to make informed lifestyle choices in order to maintain optimal health and balance according to your constitution.”
Marisa’s course will show you how to learn your prakruti and to use this intelligence in small, practical ways that will improve your quality of life on the ground. How to identify what herbs are best for you, what foods are best for you, what time is best for you to go to bed, what time is best to arise each morning. What form of exercise is best, what sights, sounds, tastes, touch and smell! No fancy promises or hyperbole here, just real tips that work. One of the greatest joys of learning with Marisa is her ability to keep it real. Like she says:
“My course won’t bring you to “perfect” health because, well, perfection is a cookie cutter concept. And Ayurveda isn’t interested in cookie cutter concepts. What my course will do, though, is help you work towards your optimal health. If you have only 4 fingers on your right hand, Ayurveda does not claim to be able to grow a fifth finger. What it does do, though, is help your four-fingered hand work as deftly and strongly as it can.”
Sounds real, idyllic and achievable at the same time, doesn’t it? And wait till you see the contents of the course! Here’s an exciting look at some of the highlights:
This book accompanies the video course to help you get a concrete overview of what Marisa will be teaching you with beautiful visual depictions. You can continue your progress in the program even if you don’t have a device handy to watch the course, or you can watch the program and meanwhile follow along in the book.
You can use the text companion for a quick reference or to jot down your own notes and thoughts while you’re following the program so you can create your very own personal summary with the ideas you found most important!
“Marisa Laursen is a wonderful, loving, connected, incredibly knowledgeable, living, radiant example of the path. These teachings will bring deep clarity to how to heal not only yourself but everyone you work with and whose life you touch. These teachings go deep and touch the heart and soul.”
“What a wonderful learning experience I received from your teachings. Even more than the knowledge I acquired, I was blessed to meet such a special, caring and truly spirited person. You carry with you an authentic bright light that is continuously shining. You are a beautiful person with a full and open heart. I thank you.”
And that is not all.
The course illustrates concepts in vivid detail, with REAL examples of healing from Marisa’s 20-year-old practice. It also contains a treasury of Ayurvedic concepts gleaned from the deep chest of primary texts, like the Charaka Samhita. Highly advanced, complex concepts clarified so you can put them in practice.
Where else will you find such an eclectic yet focused range of topics explained by a world-renowned expert in such a fun, relatable format?
This program is a genuine, unmissable opportunity to change your life now - and that’s not all! If you order the Platinum version now, not only will you get the DVDs delivered for free, you'll also get instant digital access to the course so you can begin learning after THE NEXT CLICK! Still unsure? You can sample the course to make up your mind. The e-course comes with an absolutely free 60-day money back guarantee so you can return it if you are not satisfied with the product! It is a fantastic no-loss opportunity!
And that is still not all…
No shooting in the dark or prescribing generic solutions, the course EMPOWERS you to know and heal yourself. It’s one of the best investments you will ever make and especially because right now it is available at a heavily discounted price. That’s far less than what you would be spending on nutritionists, therapies and doctors in your quest for well-being! And it will give you the tools to help your entire family discover and enhance their true, hidden potential. A transformed, energetic lifestyle for your family for less than the price of five doctors’ benefits– you do the cost benefit analysis here!
And here’s the most fun part: the course also tells you unexpected, exciting nuggets like why using a loofah on your skin may actually help with your frequent wet coughs…
In Marisa’s words,
“Something important to understand is that even one small change can have huge, positive ripple effects in your life. And changes that you make on a physical level not only help with bringing balance to your physical body, but to your mind as well, and vice versa.”
Frequent wet coughs are a sign of Kapha imbalance… or the heavy, earthy, elements weighing you down. Scrubbing your skin with a loofah is one of the practices that ups circulation and gets “things moving” and that includes the mucous out of your sinus cavities! See how Ayurveda reveals for you these exciting, hidden connections and shows you how knowing your vikruti and prakruti can create a ripple effect of good health in your life….?
“Sri Devi (Marisa Laursen) did an impeccable job making these deep sacred teachings understandable and applicable to daily life.”
“Thank you Marisa! You have helped me to change my views and to grow. I am so thankful for you.”
“Thank you for sharing "you" with us. I strive to be as kind and calm as you are. I learned a lot from you on many different levels.”
“I hope to have the honor of being taught by you again soon. I really admire the richness of your vocabulary almost to a point of positive envy when you are articulating the elements and the doshas. If I can do it the way you do it, I will be very pleased.”
HINT: It has to do with having so much more to digest these days… and we don’t just mean the food you eat!
In Marisa’s words:
“If we lived in a perfect world of balance and harmony, a world in which we ate all the right foods, got plenty of sleep each night, exercised regularly, didn’t drink or smoke, avoided stress, etc., there would be no open door or window for ill health. Hmm…I wonder how many of you live such an idyllic life…”
Most of us, let’s face it, live lives filled with unbalancing influences. We often eat improperly. We don’t get sufficient sleep. We are overworked. We smoke, drink alcohol and stay up until late at night. Ayurveda judges none of this: selfish action and the pursuit of pleasure is a natural part of human existence and nothing to be ashamed of. What Ayurveda does say, though, is that these behaviors create imbalances within the body and mind. It is the imbalance that must be treated.
And guess what - modern living is especially adept at piling on the imbalances, which is why this course is the need of the hour. More than any other time in history, our lifestyles are making our bodies deviate from their prakruti really fast and really early on – sometimes in childhood itself! And do you know why?
Think about it:
And now think –
And ask yourself: “have our systems ever had as many sensory inputs to digest?”
All these influences are adding layers of vikruti to our innate optimal nature like never before. So having the right tools to correct our imbalances and get to our best self is all the more important today!
Marisa says Ayurvedic healing must keep in mind your current symptoms, original climate or prakruti and the nature of the medicine, that’s how finely calibrated it is. And if you don’t, well…
“Let me share with you something that happened in my life in regards to this concept and has served to provide quite a learning experience!
Several years ago, when I first was studying Ayurveda at the California College of Ayurveda, my father-in-law approached me on a busy Christmas Day with a health problem. Specifically, he was experiencing heart burn and wanted to know if I had any suggestions. Now, I had only been studying Ayurveda for a few weeks, and at the California College of Ayurveda we strongly emphasize that students are not to begin practicing on other people until they enter internship. And it is because of this very situation that I’m about to describe that this rule is so important!
Well, in my eagerness to help my father-in-law, I decided to bend the rules and give him some advice. In my mind, I thought “well, how could it hurt? This is harmless enough”. And I was so eager to go into practice! So, I said “sure, I can help you”. I decided that a tea would be a good choice for helping him and I settled on some ginger tea for him. I had heard that ginger is great for digestion.
And my father-in-law was having digestive issues – so voila! I was confident I was making a good choice.
I proceeded to brew my father-in-law a nice cup of ginger tea which was made with dried ginger… And after that I got busy with the festivities and lost sight of him.
A couple of weeks later, I saw my father-in-law again and asked him about his digestive issue and if the tea that I gave on Christmas had helped. He sheepishly chuckled, smiled, and said “well… something I need to tell you. After I drank the tea that you gave me, my heartburn got so bad I had to go lie down and I wasn’t even able to eat the Christmas dinner”.
Oh my goodness! What had I done? I couldn’t imagine. I felt terrible about this! He had a digestive problem, I gave him digestive tea, what could possibly have gone wrong? As my studies continued and I began to understand the concepts of Ayurveda better, I realized my mistake. My father-in-law was having an overheated digestive issue. That’s what heartburn is; it’s a case of too much heat in the digestive tract. What he needed was a cooling digestive herb. I didn’t properly understand this concept at the time, and I gave him a tea containing dried ginger, which is actually quite hot. It’s like I poured gasoline on a fire!”
This, then, is the basic concept behind healing according to Ayurveda.
Since Ayurveda provides such an amazing framework for understanding the Three Things That Must Be Known (the nature of the person, the nature of the imbalance, and the nature of the remedy), by understanding Ayurveda you are extraordinarily empowered to make healthy choices. No longer are boxes of “digestive” tea all the same. They each have unique properties, and each are best suited for conditions according to which dosha needs to be subdued.
And you can really use this e-course to apply this perspective to every area of life and unlock your optimal self. Remember, the idyll is achievable because it’s not perfection we are chasing, but finding our own unique selves… the climate we best thrive in, like oranges in California and olives in Greece…