Which Ayurveda are You into?
There is an evolution gaining mometum in the Ayurvedic community. It's called Living Foods Ayurveda. Most schools aren't teaching it yet. Most practitioners aren't practicing it yet. The leaders in the community are Dr. Gabriel Cousens and Shantree Kacera. It's all living foods – enzymes intact – pranically intact, not dead food.
When I went to Ayurveda school I never heard mention of it. That's not entirely true. I heard mention of how the raw diet would render your Vata dosha out of the cosmos. I heard tales of IBS and colon disease due to Vata prakruti peeps going a little too far with their sprouted grain based diets. That was the '90's.
When India came to the US it came from a culture that had adopted a cooked foods diet. The US has a cooked foods diet, though our yoga culture is changing that. And our yoga culture is informing our Ayurvedic culture. This is rad. It's rad because it's how Ayurveda survives to be our oldest living holistic system of knowledge. She is build to grow with us. She always informs us from the inside out – and that is why it's the western yoga revolution that is leading the way. That same western yogic culture which is really hot about tantra over classical yoga philosophy. Hmmm – now it all makes so much sense, those full-picture-always expanding-you'r-not-going -to-tell-me-the-rules-rebel-yogis leading the way to the Ayurvedic Living Foods over Dead Foods revolution. (I'm always fascinated by the forces that actually turn the wheel).
Each year my Ayurvedic Living Course reflects this change. I've added both Cousens and Kacera to our text list. Of course we're sticking with Dr. Lad for our fundamentals, the poetic discourses that deepen our presence with each dissection, and his in-and- out-of-the-galaxy drawings.
So, here is the rundown. If you buy 'em used – you're out about $100. What you get is a pretty full picture.
- Textbook of Ayurveda: Fundamental Principles by Dr. Vasant Lad ($32 on Amazon.com).
- Eat, Taste, Heal by Yareda, et al
- Ayurvedic Beauty Care: Ageless Techniques to Invoke Natural Beauty by Melanie A. Sachs
- The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies by Vasant Lad (Paperback – Apr. 6, 1999)
- Rainbow Green – Live Food Cuisine by Dr. Gabriel Cousens
- Shantree Kacera's Ayurvedic Tongue Diagnosis