The lifespan for today’s era according to Ayurveda should be around 120 years old.
This doesn’t mean living into old age feeling frail and in a state of cognitive decline, it means feeling vital and able to share your wisdom and joy with full cognitive function for all to enjoy.
At 65, Dr. John Douillard is an exemplar of what it means to be healthy in the second half of life.
Dr. John is a globally recognised leader in the field of natural health, Ayurveda and sports medicine and practices what he preaches.
He has personally been a significant inspiration to me (Dylan) and has taught me a lot in my years, along with thousands of other practitioners of Ayurveda.
Dr. John’s specialty is integrating ancient Ayurvedic wisdom with modern science, which he shares generously through Lifespa.com - the leading Ayurvedic health and wellness resource on the web.
About our guest: Dr. John Douillard
Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP is a globally recognized leader in the fields of natural health, Ayurveda, and sports medicine. He is the creator of LifeSpa.com, the leading Ayurvedic health and wellness resource on the web with over 9 million views on YouTube and over 130 thousand newsletter subscribers. LifeSpa.com is evolving the way Ayurveda is understood around the world, with thousands of articles and videos joining ancient wisdom with modern science.
Dr. John is the former Director of Player Development for the New Jersey Nets NBA team, author of 7 health books including his newest Amazon bestseller Eat Wheat, a repeat guest on the Dr. Oz show, and newly released Yoga Journal video course Ayurveda 201 on Ayurvedic Psychology.
He directs LifeSpa Ayurvedic Clinic, the 2013 Holistic Wellness Center of the Year in Boulder, CO.
In this Episode we Discuss:
Dr. John’s Journey of Adopting Ayurveda in the Early Days
Studying with the Raju Vaidyas
His own personal journey as a practitioner & how his relationship with Ayurveda evolved to what it is today.
Blending Ancient Wisdom With Modern Science
The fine balance between surrendering to a higher intelligence that appears to be less tangible and more unknown, while striving to intelligibly cognize the How’s and Why’s behind the ancient principles of Ayurveda.
The Promise of The Second Half of One’s Life
“The Wisdom Years” or the Vata stage of life. It’s a time to apply the wisdom attained during one’s lifetime.
Approaching life with a more mature and self-aware perspective. Knowing what our purpose is, what serves that purpose and what doesn’t; and acting accordingly.
Having more time to be fully immersed and devoted to one’s own sadhana, dinacharya and ritucharya.
The True Purpose of Ayurveda
Allowing not only for the physiology to be in optimum condition, but to also achieve a still & fulfilled state of mind that empowers one to engage with life wholeheartedly.
Aligning one’s actions not only with mother nature, but with the essential nature of the Self (atma), so that the inner light that each of us hold comes to the surface for all to enjoy and thrive upon.
Ancient Techniques That Refine Our Capacity to Live Life to The Fullest
Using pranayama, mantra, asana, meditation, nasya and other techniques to cleanse & purify the mind of the different samskaras or impressions that have been imprinted on us during our life, especially our childhood.
The Often Overlooked Benefits of Nasya Therapy & Panchakarma
The Nasya technique was not only intended to heal the sinuses on a physiological level, but rather to cleanse the mind and heal it on a higher vibrational and spiritual level.
Panchakarma cleanses the body of gross impurities and samskaras, so that it can have more clarity on the subtlest levels of perception - allowing for the letting go of patterns of deep-rooted emotional behaviour.
The Science Behind Pranayama
The relationship between oxygen assimilation and carbon dioxide levels.
Why it is essential for us to practice intermittent hypoxia.
To learn more about the science of breath & its therapeutic applications, listen to "Just Breath: Science of Breathing for Optimal Health | The Breathing Diabetic (Nick Heath) #072"
Recommended breathwork techniques:
Pratiloma (a.k.a. Inspiratory Muscle Training).
Seasonally Drinking Cow's Milk
In Spring cows are having their calves, so during the spring & summer their milk should be for them.
During the fall & winter there is a window for the dairy farmer to step in and take some of that milk to drink, make ghee, etc.
Food Intolerances & The "Gluten Free" Concept
It is not advised to stop eating gluten.
Studies show that people who eat gluten-free have:
Four times as much mercury in their blood as people who eat wheat.
A less rich gut microbiome
To learn more about the gut microbiome listen to "Gut Health for Mental Health + Microbiome Wisdom | Kriben Govender #032"
Fewer killer T-cells and natural immunity than people who eat wheat.
The hard-to-digest foods (wheat, dairy, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, nightshades, etc.) are irritants to the intestinal lining, and one of their many benefits is that they significantly stimulate gut immunity, which in turn represents 70% of your immune response.
If intolerant to some type of food, there’s work to be done so that you can overcome the intolerance and allow your body to properly digest said food.
To stop eating certain foods is never the solution; the underlying imbalance that prevents you from eating them is still going to be there.
To read more about how the Ayurvedic view on food intolerances & how to overcome them click HERE.
Please seek advice from a qualified practitioner before starting any new health practice.