The importance of beauty in Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Millennial Science of Life and Health, was revealed to the masters or “Rishis” of India thousands of years ago. In a natural environment and supporting all kinds of life, these teachers could understand the principles with which health and well being is created or destroyed.
Ayurveda, also known as the “Science of Longevity” or “Science of long and happy life”, as the name implies, promotes health, natural beauty and a long life. The word Ayurveda is of Sanskrit origin “Ayur” means life and “Veda” knowledge, is based on universal principles and is a set of knowledge so useful today, as they were in previous centuries.
Ayurveda teaches us that health is maintained through the balance of three energies known as “Doshas”, they are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
All Ayurvedic treatments are focused on achieving a harmonious balance between these energies. And since each individual has their own balance in particular, these treatments are personalized, that’s why they have been effective over the centuries and adopted by people all over the world.
When we talk about beauty in an Ayurvedic context, it should be perfectly clear from the beginning that we are not talking about the ideals that are presented by the media.
Ayurveda has always understood beauty as the product of physical health in general. It is not just a matter of cosmetics. The emphasis is placed on self-knowledge and the development of routines and positive habits that will bring us the best for ourselves.
Maintaining the general orientation of oriental philosophies, beauty can be observed taking into account three aspects: internal, external and the secret aspect. When one manages to balance the internal and the external, then he has reached the secret aspect.
The external beauty is what we usually attribute to the field of beauty. It is the perfection of what is visually perceived. Includes points such as measurements of the body, the texture of the skin, and the condition of the hair and nails. But Ayurveda also includes grace in postures and movements, and subtle qualities such as freshness and vitality of being.
Internal beauty is related to inner qualities, including emotional states and mental abilities that, like physical qualities, are largely determined at birth and are considered as the result of actions and aspirations of other lives.
The body can be molded through diets and lifestyles. And we can also train our mind. Just as the body can be purified and reinforced to make it more beautiful on the outside, the mind can also be tamed and disciplined. The beginning of this process is to be able to accept who we are and begin to take care of ourselves and truly appreciate ourselves.
As health maintains beauty, the guidelines for these choices should always correspond with techniques appropriate to their doshas, which aim to produce a natural beauty, with an emphasis on two factors: diet and massage. The diet nourishes all the tissues of the body creating healthy muscles, translucent skin, and a natural aura of well-being. The therapeutic massage works on all levels, improving the texture and tone of the skin, restores the energy balance. It rejuvenates and revitalizes, in addition it acts nourishing the inner being.
The massage begins distributing the selected oil throughout the body, head, feet or specific places that require attention, Abhyanga (anoint with oil). The oil keeps the body and skin supple. It is applied at room temperature in the summer and warm in the winter.
The vegetable oils that are used to make Ayurvedic mixtures are as important as essential oils. Each oil has its individual characteristic. The most indicated are the harmonizing vehicular oils of each dosha. Select preferably for Vata-Sesame, for Pitta-sunflower / olive and for Kapha-Sesame / almond. These are enhanced with appropriate essential oils for each dosha. With massage oil penetrates the epidermis, all tissues are nourished and the toxins they contain are eliminated mainly through the lymphatic system.
The secret aspect of beauty refers to the energy, introspection, and inspiration needed to balance the inner and outer beauties. Being able to develop this special quality takes time, patience and true desire to learn from experiences.