Using Ayurveda to Enhance Fitness
The fitness industry uses modern science and technology aiding athletes to get the most out of their fitness efforts. Many athletes today supplement with pre workout powders, post workout drinks, protein bars, and supplement pills. But what about the athlete that wants to take the most natural approach to improve fitness while avoiding laboratory made additives and foods with ingredients you can't pronounce?
Introducing the Ayurveda Athlete
Ayurveda Athlete: a person leveraging Ayurvedic principles to improve fitness
The Ayurveda Athlete is someone who identifies as an athlete (to any degree) because they are working to improve their fitness. This could include anyone working to improve balance, coordination, strength, or flexibility to name a few. The Ayurveda Athlete is someone incorporating Ayurvedic principles into their lifestyle, they value the power of whole and natural foods, rhythms of nature, self care, and themselves. The Ayurveda Athlete uses these principles to their advantage to get the most out of their workouts and training.
Ayurveda is a system of preventative health that recognizes the mind, body, and spirit as one. According to Ayurveda, we all have a unique profile on how our mind and body responds to the world around us. By knowing your unique profile, you can leverage natural living to find optimal health.
The foundations of Ayurveda are five elements: ether, air, fire, water, earth and these are the building blocks, the foundation, of our entire world. They are represented in all living things, including us. These elements combine to form doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. We each have a unique combination of #Vata, #Pitta, and #Kapha, and our unique combination is our Ayurvedic profile. Knowing our Ayurvedic profile allows us to implement techniques to get the most out of our training through nutrition, digestion, recovery, mindset, self care, and overall health.
Ayurvedic Profile: your unique combination of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
Vata, Pitta, and Kapha Explained
This chart explains, in brevity, the Ayurvedic profiles. We typically, have one dominate dosha; however, it is common to have two.
Becoming An Ayurveda Athlete
In order to start your journey to becoming an Ayurveda Athlete, the first step is to learn about Ayurvedic profiles, which you now have! The second step to becoming an Ayurveda Athlete is to learn your unique Ayurvedic profile, which we can determine together! As a Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor, I use a variety of techniques to make this assessment such as visual observation and questions along with assessing pulse and the appearance of your tongue.
Once we know your Ayurvedic profile, a customized wellness plan is developed to begin to learn the best foods to eat based on your profile, self care techniques, and even herbs that can enhance your fitness experience (think training and recovery!).
This is Jenn; her Ayurvedic profile is Pitta/Vata. Her Pitta fuels her competitive side in CrossFit, running, and triathlons. Her Vata most likely is the cause of her pre workout anxiety before the famous benchmark girl workout in CrossFit, Fran. Jenn is a SUPER committed athlete (Pitta) and always has a fun attitude (Vata) in the gym. Through Ayurveda, Jenn says she feels renewed and connected with her body, and that Ayurvedic practices help with soreness and recovery.
Join Jenn as an Ayurveda Athlete and use the principles of Ayurveda to get the most out of your fitness training.
Tiffany Wimmer, CrossFit Athlete, Level 1 Trainer, and yoga instructor, works with clients to determine their Ayurvedic profile and incorporating Ayurvedic principles into daily life. Ayurvedic nutrition coaching helps clients understand their bodies and how food affects their mood, digestion, and performance following the system of Ayurveda. #wimtastic #AyurvedaAthlete #fitness