Best Audience: Women and men who want to learn more about the practical application of Ayurvedic principles to daily life as well as those who enjoy Spiritual Memoirs
Early through my perimenopausal experience, I sought a connection to women who’d found a healthy, balanced way to get through the craziness The Change brought to their lives. Bri. Maya Tiwari’s The Path of Practice: A Woman’s Book of Ayurvedic Healing offered me ideas for how i could make my own passage easier by applying some of the principles of Ayurveda to my own life.
My own story is far less dramatic than Tiwari’s. Even so, her experiences offered me both some insights into my own struggles and an opportunity to heal some of the wounds and diseases I’d picked up through the first half of my life. I loved her strong and abiding connection to the Spiritual practices of her ancestors. The energy of that deep connection carried through her story and into the exercises and practices she offers.
For a Westerner like myself with very little understanding of the Ayurveda system, Tiwari does an excellent job of explaining what I really needed to know so I could make good choices about what to try or not try. She offered a sound Spiritual grounding without prescribing practices that felt like religion for working with the sub- and unconscious forces that shape our lives. Although her work is primarily intended to help women, men who want to explore their own feminine side or who want to support and nurture the women in their lives would benefit from Tiwari’s The Path of Practice.
My greatest frustration with The Path of Practice was that for a Kapha-Vatta type such as myself, I often found her diet and nutritional suggestions challenging to incorporate in my life. Some of her suggestions contradicted those of my Acupuncturist and TCM practitioner at that time in my life. Part of the path of the Western Woman is in reclaiming ownership of our health and well-being; Tiwari offers many opportunities to help us do so without insisting that we follow all her advice without question. For me, that meant choosing the practices that fit and setting the others aside for the future. I recommend you give The Path of Practice: A Woman’s Book of Ayurvedic Healing a try with that idea in mind as well.
Bottom Line: The Path of Practice: A Woman’s Book of Ayurvedic Healing has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf.
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