For this episode, we had the pleasure of welcoming Nathalie Geetha Babouraj .
Doctor of medicine, specialist in integrative health and Ayurveda, yoga therapist and founder of the ISI “Institute of Integrative Health”. Today she talks to us about integrative health, Ayurveda and traditional medicine, and gives us the keys to successfully reconciling more modern medicine with the benefits of a more holistic approach.
What is integrative health?
Integrative health consists of welcoming within a conventional care framework, approaches inspired by various wisdoms, such as Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine and psycho-corporeal practices such as yoga, tai chi, qi gong or hypnosis.
Ayurveda, the wisdom of life
Ayurveda is a holistic medical approach. Ayur” means life and “Veda” means wisdom. The person relearns to reconnect with the current wisdom of life and to listen to their body. Today, our accelerated lifestyle pushes us to listen less and less to our bodies. We tend to forget our sensory nervous system. However, as Nathalie Gheeta reminds us, “The more we listen to our inner signals, the more we will be able to navigate in a state of good health.”
Some tips for regulating your inner compass
Our specialist in Ayurveda explains to us that following the different levels of vigilance of the elements can help us regulate our inner compass and not force our body to function in moments when it is not optimal.
Until 10 a.m., these are the elements of earth and water : our physical body is awake, Nathalie Gheeta then advises starting your day by doing a physical activity, being connected to your body (jogging, yoga, qi qong ).
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., it is the energy of fire, linked to the sun : it is the time to analyze, organize yourself, do intellectual activities.
- In Ayurveda, the largest meal is at lunch , at midday.
From 2 p.m., it's the energy of the air : our nervous system needs to create, to go out, to get some fresh air.
From 6 p.m .: it's time to prepare for the night cycle.
Techniques for learning to listen to your body
Nathalie Gheeta recommends starting in the kitchen , by putting the colors of the rainbow on your plate. In Ayurveda, it is the basis for listening to your digestive fire , equivalent to all digestion processes.
“The more we awaken our senses, the more neurological and sensory information we send to our brain, and the more it will be able to synchronize with our second brain and balance the hormones of hunger and satiety.”
The colors of fruits and vegetables are phytonutrients, with antioxidant properties, which help clean our cells, and therefore slow down the aging of our system.
Nathalie Gheeta’s advice to apply in your daily life:
It is advisable to start your day by stimulating your preferred sensory channel (visual, olfactory, kinesthetic, auditory or gustatory). Generally speaking, Nathalie Gheeta says that everyone is very visual today. So to refocus and calm down, she advises doing yoga, or meditating, facing an element of nature.
For people who tend to think before sleeping, Nathalie Gheeta recommends:
To write in a journal , to unload the brain
End your day with sensory stimulation, like putting a soothing essential oil in your room.
Do breathing exercises , placing one hand on your stomach and lengthening your breathing.
To create a cocoon , a decompression chamber
- Avoid watching TV , and reading a novel that is too stimulating. .
“The ultimate goal is to ensure that the gateway to sleep is as peaceful as possible.”
For people undergoing medical treatment for a pathology:
In addition to the treatment, it is important to strengthen the field with integrative medicine practices (psycho-corporal practices) and also correct the diet, bringing our body back to its self-regulation capabilities.
With one meal, Nathalie Gheeta assures that you can already feel the difference. The body is able to digest when it is easy for it to understand what it is. Our body is capable of digesting processed products, but over time, this will cause it to lose its energy, and then create a favorable environment for the appearance of diseases.
Nathalie Gheeta gives you her recommendations thanks to our quick questions - quick answers game, called the “ Tonic Quiz” :
- A book to recommend : “ Perfect Health ” by Dr. Deepak Chopra
- An Ayurvedic gesture to do when you wake up : Say thank you by opening your windows
- An ingredient to always have in your cupboard : Spices
- A mantra to repeat to yourself : “Do good to your body so that your soul wants to stay there”
- An Ayurvedic recipe for summer : A refreshing mint chutney
- An activity recommended by integrative health : Napping
- A place to discover yoga : At home
- Next person to interview : Dr. Shamini Jain
- One last piece of advice : “Live your health journey by listening to the path of pleasure, treat yourself and trust your intuition”.
If you enjoyed this episode with Nathalie Gheeta, find it in her book, entitled “ My colorful Ayurvedic detox ”, published by Courrier du livre. Also very dynamic on her blog and her Instagram account, do not hesitate to contact Nathalie Gheeta, she will be happy to answer all your questions.
Very good listening and see you next week for a new episode of Club Bonheur!
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