At 47, I've felt the rumblings of aging unease over the past few years.
If I don’t exercise for a few days, there is an unexpected stiffness in my joints. In certain light, I have noticed that those lines on my face that I used to consider cute now seem etched in stone. And what I eat now affects everything from my sleep and energy to unexpected trips to the bathroom and nasal congestion. What the heck is going on?
Aging is inevitable, and in our Western culture it's treated like something to fight. We prepare for the worst by putting on our battle armor and try to give it hell until our last Botoxed, overmedicated breath is expelled from our surgically enhanced body.
But what if it were possible to accept the aging process and travel more peacefully through our years? I decided to investigate how another culture and science, Ayurveda, deals with aging.
The word Ayurveda literally means "the knowledge of life." Developed thousands of years ago, Ayurveda focuses not only on the number of years we live but also on our ability to reach our full potential regardless of where we are in our lives.
There are three Ayurvedic types, or constitutions, to which we may identify: vata, pitta, and kapha. Known as doshas, they are responsible for the entirety of our being: