This book reads like sitting down with the author and having a series of deeply engaging and memorable conversations. It is by far the best resource I have found on understanding Ayurveda and how it is a powerful, accessible, and uplifting lifestyle.
While the book is rich with recipes, remedies, and wise counsel on how to be healthy and happy, what I found outstanding and absolutely unique is how the context for each section is created through evocative and deeply informative stories from the author's young days studying with her grandfather, who was a learned yogi and insightful traditional healer. These stories are vivid, endearing, and deeply spiritual, and invite the reader to contemplate and experience the many dimensions of the state of health that the author and Ayurveda focus on.
The author then illustrates how these same teachings are so beneficial and surprisingly easy to apply for those of us who live in Western cities and not on the banks of holy river in the India of a generation or two ago. I found the stories of the author's students very encouraging: how their health and state of mind improved dramatically just by applying this knowledge one step at a time.
The style of the book is inviting and fascinating to read, and consistently positive - quite a feat to maintain in a long chapter on constipation and diarrhea! The book has a wealth of very accessible advice laid out in ways I know I'll be able to keep referring to easily. The recipes are…