Mid-day, Mumbai, Updated: February 01, 2013 14:50 IST
In her book, Forever Young: Unleashing the Magic of Ayurveda, author Reenita Malhotra Hora reveals the lifestyle secrets from the 5,000 year-old form of alternative medicine that helps you stay healthy and young throughout life.
The year has just begun and you must have had your fill of parties and feeling hungover. To kickstart your year on a positive note, Reenita Malhotra Hora's book, Forever Young: Unleashing the Magic of Ayurveda, a 150-page compact treatise on how to apply the healing powers of Ayurveda into our day-to-day lives, might come as a breath of fresh air into the New Year.
The book gives you a brief introduction to Ayurveda, teaches you how to balance the doshas (vata, pitta or kapha), how to prepare household beauty treatments, practise yoga, eat balanced meals and stay fit and beautiful throughout the year.
Hora says her grandparents were her inspiration behind writing the book and her objective was to re-awaken the mind-body wisdom so that people live healthier lives.
Excerpts from an interview with Hora:
What made you write the book Forever Young?
My late grandparents, Pushpa and Gopal Krishan Vij are my inspiration for this book. Their longevity mantra was synonymous with Ayurveda's objective: to live long you must live life to your full potential.
What is the message at the core of your book?
Today, we live a complicated life than our grandparents did as we have consciously brought complexity into the framework of our life. At one time, we patterned our habits according to the natural rhythm of seasons, but, today we control our existence through the flick of a switch.
We have evolved as human beings but with this evolution comes ill health, disease and perhaps shorter life spans. Is it progress or simply a series of impediments to it? Ayurveda offers us ways and means to disconnect from our remotecontrolled existence and follow a way of life that is simpler and attuned to the natural patterns of the universe. For most of us, our mind-body already has a natural tendency towards this but it has gotten suppressed by 'modern living'.
What would be your top 5 tips for readers as they ring in the new year?
1. Know thy dosha. You don't have to become an expert but understanding your dosha is like understanding your own mind-body blueprint. If nothing else, it will equip you with better information about yourself for your next conversation with your doctor or healthcare provider.
2. Get your Zzz's. The body's cells and tissues regenerate during sleep so getting your rest is as vital as exercising and nutrition.
3. Drink plenty of water in the new year. This is one thing that all of us just don't do enough. You need to drink as many glasses of water as the hours you are awake in a day.
4. Don't over-eat. For most of us, our eyes are bigger than our stomach. Your stomach is designed to digest one anjali (i.e. two handfuls) of food in any one given meal. So don't stress it by eating more. It's far better to eat again, once your meal has been digested.
5. Make abhyanga a habit. Ayurveda has given us a wonderful legacy of abhyanga -- oil application, which helps us detox and strengthen our immune system. Don't shun the practice of oil and abhyanga in favour of creams, cosmetics and chemicals created in a lab. Get into the habit of having a regular abhyanga massage treatment with natural, unprocessed herbal oils. And if you cannot then learn the technique of self abhyanga. You'll be doing your skin and your immune system a huge favour.
What is the USP of Forever Young?