My Ayurveda Practitioner Training Experience at Delight Academy
by Loulou Machinè
The ancient scriptures state: Ayurveda is for those who are desirous of life. My interpretation: Not only your own life, but all life in general.
Food and lifestyle as medicine
Food and lifestyle as medicine is a concept I live by. I have experienced it myself when I took charge of my own health by making the transition to a mostly whole-food plant-based diet. And I have been helping other people to make the transition as well for the past 3.5 years. I do this together with my sister from my platform Go With The Glow. We promote a holistic diet and lifestyle in which the planet and all its inhabitants are taken into account.
Why? Because I believe that our food and lifestyle choices can be the medicine that the Earth needs right now. We live in a time where it is more important than ever that we re-evaluate our (food) choices and become aware of what the impact of our choices have on the whole.
Ayurveda Nutrition Course
I started the Ayurveda Nutrition Course as a natural intuition of following my curiosity and deepening my knowledge on holistic eating for mind, body and spirit. Learning about this ancient healing tradition from India, and the impact that food has on different types of people was eye-opening, yet at the same time so natural and logical. I was learning completely new insights, yet it felt like coming home. I believe the Ayurveda nutrition course can be a very valuable course on its own, but it can also be a nice addition to the regular health system and diet practices. I see the conscious and holistic health approach growing in popularity.
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4-Year Ayurvedic Practitioner Training
The Ayurveda Nutrition course has led me to what must have always been my purpose: the complete 4-year study of Ayurveda Practitioner Training. It was the most logical thing to do for me. I wanted to know more about these beautiful ancient teachings and how they can be applied in modern life to stay healthy and happy. The teaching doesn’t only cover nutrition. Also, medicine, herbalism, massages, yoga and psychology cover the holistic health approach and that is what I like so much about the study, it is all-encompassing.
The importance of Ayurvedic practitioners
When you ask people how they are doing, the most common answer is 'busy'. It seems like ‘busy’ is the new ‘good’ and I don’t think that is a good thing. People are overweight, suffering from mental and physical diseases, burned out and stressed. I recently found out that 1 out of 4 women in the US are taking anti-depressants, and millions of people take sleep medication. Often the Western solution is chemical medicines which often lead to more diseases. Pills always come with side effects. I am not saying that Western medicine is wrong, sometimes it is highly needed and I am grateful that there are Western doctors. I am just saying that most of the diseases can be prevented, and/or treated with food and lifestyle choices, and this is where Ayurveda - the knowledge of life, and right living - can be at help. Ayurvedic practitioners and lifestyle coaches are highly needed and I hope that I can be at service to heal myself, other people, animals and to the best of my ability give some healing to mother Earth.
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Food and lifestyle as a spiritual practice
One of the four aims of Ayurveda is Moksha, which is liberation. I believe our efforts should be geared towards not just our own liberation, but the liberation of those around us. Not just human beings but all the beings that we share this planet with, all our fellow earthlings. Meaning also the animals. Why should we limit our compassion to only human beings?
It is through compassion to all beings that we begin to blur the lines of separateness and awaken the innate love and compassion that we all have inside of us. Our food is the most intimate aspect of our connection with the world around us. We eat 3 to 6 times a day, what better way to practice compassion and unconditional love through our diet? All spiritual teachings talk about selfless acts of service. What is more selfless than doing good to animals who won’t ever be able to give you something in return? Ayurveda is not necessarily vegetarian or vegan, but through my interpretation of the ancient wisdom I choose to eat according to the Yogic ethical principles for ‘right living’.
- Ahimsa: non-violent. This means non contributing to animal suffering for their meat, milk, skin or eggs.
- Asteya: non-stealing, meaning not stealing from animals their lives, their freedom, their skin, their milk etc)
- Satya: truthful. Meaning not supporting companies who are selling us lies. Companies who pretend to sell ‘humane slaughtered meat’, or sell campaigns with happy cows and pigs running in the outside, while they are held in captivity.
- Brahmacharya: no sexual abuse. Cows in the dairy industry are sexually abused. They are artificially impregnated so that they give birth to a calf and produce milk. The baby is taken away immediately after birth so that the mother's milk can be used for human consumption.
- Aparigraha: non-greed. Don’t let our greed cause other beings to suffer and don’t let our greed cause for the destruction of our ecosystems. Cattle ranching is the largest driver of deforestation in the Amazone. Switching to a plant-based diet is the most effective approach to save the planet.
These ethical principles are Universal. Extending your love and compassion to all beings, that is what true liberation means to me. The ancient teachings of yoga teach us that whatever we want for ourselves, we can have that if we provide that for others. So if we want to be happy than we should make others happy. Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you. If we want to be free than we should not enslave others.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavanthu
May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute to the happiness and freedom of all.
In this lifetime Loulou has travelled 30 springs around the sun. She is a born and raised city girl from Amsterdam with a green heart and great love for nature. As a real foodie, Loulou loves to cook and explore new hotspots where they serve colorful and vegan food.