In this week’s article of our Rediscovering Ayurveda series, we interviewed Greesha Dhingra.
Greesha's journey toward a Yogic life started with a slight disruption in her health in the form of indigestion and weight gain. In search of a cure, she found Yoga. Practicing it helped her feel healthier and more complete.
It was at this point that she decided to do a little more research and couldn't resist falling in love with the beautiful depths of yoga.
Experiences of a Yogic Lifestyle
Greesha believes that Yoga can change a person's life and make it simpler when implemented in the right way. In her case, Yoga has helped her to become more patient, live more mindfully, control her stress levels, learn how to respond to situations instead of reacting to them, and be thankful for little things in life even if they are the struggles she has faced.
When asked what keeps her going she answered, "It’s my consistency. Yoga has become a lifestyle for me. Just as you don’t need the motivation to eat food or sleep. I don't need an external source for motivation. My body lives Yoga Day in and day out."
Habits & Achievements
In addition to making one more mindful, yoga also helps one maintain healthy habits. Following are some practices Greesha adopted from Yoga:
- Mindful eating in moderation and portion control.
- Eating everything on a seasonal basis, be it fruits, nuts, grains, or vegetables.
As much as Yoga is helping her live a healthier life, Dr. Rujuta Divekar and Dr. Avantika (owner of Satyayurveda) have had a big impact on her decision to consider and reinforce this lifestyle.
When asked what is one achievement she is proud of? Greesha smiles and says, "Knowing myself and living a simple life without the fear of missing out on anything makes me happy."
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A typical day in Greesha's Life
Greesha's day begins with a morning shower at 5 am, followed by mantra chanting and pranayama exercises. Immediately before starting her Yoga classes, she likes to eat overnight soaked nuts, and then after the classes, she enjoys a light and simple breakfast.
We all love taking naps, and Greesha is no exception. Around 11 am, you will find her taking a rest, while around 12 pm, she will be ready to do her Japa or Sadhana. Following this, she designs the next day's lesson, reads, and performs some research while enjoying some seasonal fruits an hour before lunch. Around 1:30 pm, she has lunch, and by 3 pm, she is back to client calls, consultations, or special classes.
Around 4 pm, she spends time self-practicing, and from 5 - 7:30 pm, she conducts classes again. By 8 pm, you will find her enjoying a healthy dinner, and by 10 pm, you will find her ready to retire to bed while reading a book at the company as she ends the day perfectly.
The Significance of Ayurveda and Yoga
Greesha mentions that even now we live in complete unawareness of our surroundings and our inner selves. We don’t know how to listen to our bodies. All of us are focused on cosmetic changes in the body. Our homes are filled with products that may make us feel good about our outer selves but we forget that all this is temporary.
Hence she says that we must adapt Yoga and Ayurveda not just for ourselves but for the generation to come. Yoga and Ayurveda are based on nature. The more you come close to nature, the more you stay happy and healthy.
Tips from Greesha
As someone who has been part of this lifestyle, Greesha has acquired a few tips that might just help our readers:
- Drink Lukewarm milk with a pinch of turmeric the night before sleeping as there are numerous benefits. It can help you relieve those biting joint and back pain. Turmeric Milk also helps in easing menstrual cramps and pain because of its antispasmodic properties. Turmeric Milk can also helps in reducing skin rashes, Cleopatra the Egyptian Queen used to bathe in Turmeric Milk to nourish her skin.
- Never add salt to curd
- Walk after 15 minutes of every main meal, as this helps to digest the meal better.
- Take 1-2 spoons of ghee every day. Preferably one spoon straight up in the morning as it helps to improve the process of cell rejuvenation.
- Practice yoga every day. No breaks.
- Make pranayama a practice to swear by
- Eat sweets before a meal
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For all Ayurveda, Spiritual, Yoga, and healthy living enthusiasts, this is Greesha’s message for you!
"We are here for a bigger cause and the divine has chosen all of us. Be thoughtful of your actions and have the intention of genuinely helping people through these practices. And the divine will take care of you. Always research what you teach to your students. Explain to them why they should do this. Inculcate the importance of these practices in the right way. Even the content you create for social media ensure that it is intended for the betterment of people and not just a tool to gain followers. Hari Aum Tat Sat"
We are so thankful to Greesha Dhingra for the wonderful work she has been doing and are beyond grateful to have her as part of our #AmrutamFamily!
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