Studying Ayurveda is both exciting and lucrative in the modern day. After all, this ancient medical art of Indian origin fits in perfectly with the growing trend toward alternative and holistic medical practices in the western world. The best thing that hopeful Ayurvedic practitioners can do is to find a school of natural medicine offering education in the subject; there are many great places to get your Ayurveda certificate in Los Angeles, California. However, there are also many wonderful, engaging and informative books on the subject, and it would be a mistake to miss reading them along your journey toward professional Ayurvedic practice. Here are just a few of the best choices for your reading list:
The Chopra Center Herbal Handbook: Forty Natural Prescriptions for Perfect Health
Perhaps one of the foremost names in the holistic healing world, author and doctor Deepak Chopra offers readers a look at how herbal supplements and concoctions make for a better life. Partnering with fellow author and doctor David Simon, Chopra shows us in this comprehensive handbook just how easy it can be to heal the body with the gifts nature has given us.
Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing by Dr. Vasant Lad
An affordable option for those looking to add to their current understanding of the many applications of Ayurveda for modern life, this so-called "practical guide" is exactly that. Offering advice on the application of Ayurveda to everyday life as well as plenty of information on the practice itself, there is much to be gained through giving this book a read!
Ayurveda and the Mind by Dr. David Frawley
One of the primary principles of Ayurveda is that the mind is a powerful tool for healing. In keeping with this idea, Dr. David Frawley teaches readers how to apply the teachings of Ayurveda to the proper training of their mind to build a strong and healing consciousness.
Ayurveda For Women by Robert Svoboda
Don't let the fact that this book was penned by a man stop you from reaching for it; the title is a wealth of information about how to apply Ayurvedic teaching to the lifestyle demanded of the modern woman. With information on everything from diet and exercise to sex, motherhood and socialization, there is little a woman could hope to learn about Ayurveda in their own life that can't be found here.
The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook by Kate O’Donnell
Ayurveda is a lifestyle, and one of the most important aspects of that lifestyle is the diet. Eating the right foods in the right amounts will help maximize the effectiveness of your Ayurvedic practice, so add to your recipe repertoire with this Ayurvedic cookbook! (The author even offers follow-up cookbooks for more ways to enjoy delicious Ayurveda-friendly meals!)
Pick up a copy of each of these books as you make your way through the study of Ayurveda, and enjoy a deeper, more well-rounded knowledge of the art. With so many ways to add to that understanding, there's nothing holding you back from enjoying everything Ayurveda has to offer!