Simply Ayurveda: Discover your type to transform your life

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A practical and easy way to use this ancient Indian health system in your everyday life. Just work out your type and follow Bharti’s own beauty therapy, diet and health recommendations to feel fantastic.

Ayurveda is the ancient medical system from India which has been used for more than 5,000 years. Recently, Ayurveda has been brought to the attention of the West and made popular through the work of Deepak Chopra.

This book takes a much needed simple, practical look at how to use Ayurvedic principles for everyday health and beauty care.

There are three main types – (vata) air, (pitta) fire and (kapha) water – and Simply Ayurveda shows how to identify your type based on personality, habits and health symptoms. Includes:
· Food as medicine – 30 delicious recipes
· Ayurvedic herbal remedies and home-made beauty treatments
· Yoga, breathing and meditation
· How to detoxify your system
· Ayurvedic friction massage
· Indian head massage

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Ayurveda, the ancient holistic system of healthcare from India, is currently one of the most fashionable therapies around. Madonna and Christy Turlington regularly extol its virtues and The Body Shop is so enamoured by ayurveda that they have recently launched a whole new range of products. For health and beauty guru Bharti Vyas, ayurveda has 'always been a fundamental way of life.' Her beautifully illustrated new book Simply Ayurveda succeeds in making this sometimes confusing ancient system easy to understand. Ayurveda has been used for over 5,000 years to heal the body and promote health and well-being. Bharti explains "the key in ayurveda is in treating the mind, body and spirit as one entity to ensure total harmony. The focus is upon individual lifestyle, not upon the condition". Her book begins with an in-depth dosha questionnaire to help you define your "type"--vata (air), pitta (fire) or kapha (earth). This established, she devotes further chapters to beauty, women's cycles, breathing, herbs and supplements, purification and sexuality. The chapter on sexuality is fascinating with tips on how to pep up an ailing sex life with various ayurvedic aphrodisiacs. Apparently earth types (kahpa) can make love three of four times a week because they have a strong constitution whereas the more fragile air types (vata) should abstain other than once or twice a month! Fire types (pitta) thrive on making love once every two weeks. There is a helpful A-Z of treatment of common ailments and the final section of the book which is dedicated to nutrition is packed with delicious-sounding recipes.

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‘If you haven’t heard of Ayurveda you soon will. India’s oldest holistic system is a great counterbalance to our stressed-out, polluted lives – Bharti’s fascination with Eastern philosophies began 20 years ago and naturally led her towards Ayurveda.’ Beverley d’Silva, THE SUNDAY TIMES

‘Heady mix of hands-on therapy, Indian mysticism and homespun common sense.’ THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

‘Bharti’s knowledge and practise of health and beauty is simply excellent’ Newby Hands, HARPERS & QUEEN

‘What I like about Bharti’s approach to beauty is that it is spiritual as well as practical.’ CHER

‘She has been described as a cross between a Bollywood matron and Lady Thatcher, an ‘awesome force of nature’ and ‘your genuine celebrity guru’...undoubtedly the hottest guru in town.’ DAILY MAIL

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