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

Essential Ayurveda: What It Is and What It Can Do for You: What It Is, What It Can Do for You [Kindle Edition]

Shubhra Krishan
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Outlining the basic elements of the ancient system of Ayurveda, Shubhra Krishan teaches readers how to recognize their energy and body type, and to use Ayurvedic principles to create a balanced diet and lifestyle for their optimum health. She offers tips and suggestions for finding the best products or for creating your own with her recipes for food, beauty care, and other healthcare items. Illustrations are included.


Based on 5,000 years of practice and observation, and popularised in part in the works of Deepak Chopra, 'ayurveda' translates into 'the science of life' and takes into account the spiritual, mental, and physical 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1098 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (14 Feb 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0023ZLI0G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #211,267 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant introduction to ayurveda 20 Jan 2013
By Lucy K
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I knew a little bit about ayurveda before I read this book, but I couldn't have picked a better book to introduce me to it in more detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and comprehensive guide to Ayurveda 21 Jun 2011
By Anika
This book is an excellent choice for those who develop their interest in Ayurveda and who want to know more about its heritage and how to make it part of your daily life. There are several chapters which inform about the ayurvedic approach, its meaning and which support you to identify your "dosha", your ayurvedic type, and how to relate to it. The author manages to write in a clear and understandable way avoiding jargon and confusion. To recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! 15 Aug 2006
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This book is a very basic, very essential introduction to Ayurveda. It is very well organised into the different segment of life (foods, exercise, beauty, mental well-being etc), but the style is narative, it takes you along as if on a journey. At one point you will find yourself in an Indian kitchen, smelling the spices and the vegetables, and imagining the colours, sounds and the surroundings of an Indian family eating breakfast. I've implemented almost to the letter and sometimes with scepticism the advice of the author and after 6 weeks, our life (family of 6 with baby and small children) has truly changed and improved in all spheres (physical health, happiness, pleasure in smaller things, less materialistic etc). Now we are ready for more books and research on the subject, the book is a great spring board for it.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 8 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on
I tried the step-by-step morning massage recommended in this book: and discovered bliss! And the author has a very easy, readable style. Go get it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book Is An Eye Opener 8 April 2003
By "heyalhayden" - Published on
"Amazing how beautifully the author has condensed the essence of a whole philosophy of healing into a few hundred pages. Who knew that Ayurveda can be so easy and fun to follow? I always thought it was something ancient and obsolete, until I found this book. Read it--just the first few pages can change your life! It opened my eyes."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Basic, but Terrific 12 Oct 2005
By Sam Basu - Published on
I don't agree with the reviewer who says this book is too basic, and not for those who want 'more'. Of course it isn't, because it never claims to be! This book is meant to be a simple introduction to Ayurveda, and does a wonderful job of doing that.

I would go as far as to say that this book can change your life, because it underlines, emphasizes and stresses on one and only one aspect of Ayurveda: its simplicity as a way of life. The author succeeds in making you believe that you can actually do something about your well-being, even if you belong to the rush-rush fraternity of today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on Ayurveda I've ever read 19 Aug 2006
By kmurray - Published on
I picked up Essential Ayurveda on a whim at a natural foods store when I was really looking for something else. What attracted me was the simple recipes and the pleasant, conversational voice of the author. When I began reading it at home, I was so glad I had trusted my instincts! I have been interested in Ayurvedic diet for many years but felt it was complicated and hard to prepare. But this author shows how simple it can be--and very clearly illustrates how the loving, respectful, harmonic way of living with and caring for yourself flows through all of life--not just diet. A wonderful book. I think it's the last book I'll ever need in order to understand Ayurveda better. I also already have "Heaven's Banquet," which the author recommends as a great source for balanced and healing recipes. Now I'll go back to that book with new eyes!
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