Even though there is currently a trend toward healthy living and this is also being taken up more and more by men, women are more willing to take care of themselves and their health. On the one hand, this is also due to the fact that they have fewer problems with getting help or simply reflecting on their own worries by means of therapy or coaching. Heart problems, burn-out, high blood pressure, too much weight and stress in general are the most common illnesses that men have to deal with. We have selected for you 3 Ayurvedic practices for men, which are particularly helpful for a long-lasting, healthy lifestyle.
1. deal with the nutrition
Especially for people - regardless of gender - who don't like to cook, a deeper engagement with food can be a real hurdle. On top of work and other responsibilities, mindful eating can quickly become a distant memory. Men in particular tend to fill up on junk food and soft drinks with enormous sugar content during their lunch break. With the result of eating too much meat, grain products, fat and too few fresh vegetables. According to Dosha teachings, such eating behavior quickly throws the bioenergies out of balance. Even if the masters of creation are not directly aware of it: The food consumed is more of a burden than an energy supply for the body.
The Tridosha cuisine according to European Ayurveda® does not only refer to the balancing of Vata, Pitta and Kapha, but goes one step back. For reasons of sustainability and compatibility, mainly food from the region is used. In your own examination of your diet, you will learn not only which foods are good for you, but also which are seasonal, which are organic, and which herbs and spices are even available. All it takes is some initial motivation. A cookbook, for example, video tutorials, vlogs or cooking together with your partner or children quickly connect cooking with quality time that is also fun. Our European Ayurveda® cookbook with delicious recipes is the perfect source of inspiration.
2. yoga for more body awareness and less stress
Many men like to push their performance limits through sports and push them higher and higher. Of course, sports activities are an excellent way to move the body, train muscles and - if outdoors - get fresh air in nature. Yoga, however, is a particularly sensual way to get to know one's own body, to look at one's own breath and, through stretching, twisting, balancing or stretching, to feel focused into one's own muscles.
Yoga - although it can be challenging at times - is not about achieving performance goals. You don't have to prove anything to yourself or others. On the contrary, you accept your limits and give yourself time to slowly expand them. More importantly, your mental presence during the practice steers you in your direction and away from stress and distraction. Yoga helps you understand yourself and your body better. Through this kind of empathy, you automatically become more generous, appreciative and loving to yourself. Get more inspiration from our blog on yoga for men.
3. take care of your mental health and strength
To live according to Ayurveda means to develop an awareness of oneself and thus the ability to make the right decisions for one's own mental and physical health. This refers to all genders. Men, however, have a tendency - despite their much-loved independence - to feel lonely and empty in old age, when professional obligations fall away. A strong social network is therefore very important and should be maintained or built up. Of course, the family is part of it, but also the circle of friends is very important for the psyche. In addition, it is good for personal development and balance if men devote themselves to a hobby - away from their job - and pursue it regularly.
As mentioned above, getting help is still a problem for many men today.
Coaching can help you very well to disclose the things that are bothering you, to talk about them and then to find a solution. Our empowerment mentoring can be the right support for you. A positive mindset, the ability to spend quality time with yourself, to eat well and to stay with yourself are Ayurvedic practices that make life healthier and more enjoyable for men.