Are you trying to lose weight? If so, you are not alone. A new poll from Gallup, shows about 51 percent of Americans said they would like to lose weight, but only 26 percent say they are seriously making an effort towards that desire.
As many ways as there are to lose weight, there are also many reasons why weight is gained. In a conversation with Dr. Sarita Patel, she delved deeper into the reasons why, “According to Ayurveda, the causes of weight gain are either internal or external factors like the kind of diet, the food and how we process it. The internal is based on our constitution; we may be eating the wrong food, which the body is unable to process. Ayurveda actually takes care of the internal and external factors. It balances the digestive fire in such a way that you don’t accumulate the toxins that are coming.”
Dr. Patel is the Director of the Palliative Care Program at Kingsbrook in Brooklyn and is board-certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She has studied Ayurveda with particular regard to pulse assessment and lifestyle transformation. Dr. Patel is also a teacher with the Art of Living Foundation and is leading our weight loss program in September at our North Carolina Retreat Center.
“Be like water. It rises above the stones and flows. Similarly, rise above the obstacles in life and move through them with practice.”
Dr. Patel adds, “Most of the traditional, modern weight loss programs have not utilized the body’s self-healing ability to heal, and, for me, that is a very unique approach that is quite different from what we traditionally do with medical science. Going back to your genetic constitution, you decide the diet and allow the body to heal and lose the weight by itself, thus improving the metabolism. Panchakarma is one way to do this.”
Dr. Patel goes on to talk about the upcoming Ayurveda Weight Loss Program, “It’s not just a 10-day program where you lose weight and go home. It’s basically empowering the individual to take upon those commitments to reach to where they want to be. Taking care of the mind is extremely important. We teach unique breathing techniques that ease the mind. Plus, yoga, massage therapy, meditation and bringing out our creative energy; all of this is going to be part of this program.”
We’ll share more from our talk with Dr. Patel in our next blog. In the meantime, we invite you to begin exploring the Ayurveda Weight Loss Program. It’s set for Sept. 4-14 on our mountaintop. Check out more information about our weight loss program!
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