There is no other way to begin this review but with: WOW!
I usually read books in a couple of days when I love them, but this took just a couple of hours. I was unable to put it down for an entire afternoon, diving deep into the multitude of lessons and inspirational connections that are outlines in this beautiful book by Emine and Paul Rushton.
This book encompasses all that I believe in and the path towards Sattva that Yoga allows me to explore.
Am I always in a Sattvic state? Oh God no, I honestly wish I were (which would probably entail me living on a mountain with nobody around meditating all day long), but I try to have Sattvic moments daily.
Hay House facilitated the release of a book that can change people’s lives. The beauty of this book is that by understanding the basics of Ayurveda as they apply to our mental, spiritual and physical bodies, and to the world in its entirety, we can perhaps find our own personal healthier rhythm to cope with life.
What I loved most about Sattva, is that it prescribes values that are universal, in a way that can be applied by anyone. We can decide the degree to which we feel we can use those values into our lives and, from personal experience, starting with one or two can lead to more.
The beauty of self-discovery, consciousness and awareness, is that once it is initiated, we cannot turn a blind eye and unknow what we now do know.
There are seven chapters in the book (seven is also a sacred number which makes complete sense in this book too), and each endorses qualities and “dharma” to live by.
- Unity, which I found prominent in Yoga (after all Yoga means Unity) and that allows me to look at the world as holistically as I do my body and health, as a result. A lot of the steps from this chapter have been poured into the creation of Eco Dharma Village, so I feel they are very personal to me.
- Harmony: Just like with Unity, Yoga allowed me to really invest in the notion of “Harmony” with space around and within myself. I created my yoga practice, Elements Mandala Flow, to honour this connection and commitment to the elements that, although might feel abstract when outwardly, they are personal and incredibly intimate. I worked on connecting to moon cycles by understanding my own cycles, to the seasons within as well as my reaction to nature itself and her seasons. It is a fascinating journey, and the tips in this chapter are mind-blowing!
- Purity: the need to clear energies within and around us! I always believed in the power of energetics and how stagnation can impact us negatively! This chapter offers a natural and mindful roadmap to clearing spaces using the best nature can offer. The Ayurvedic remedies for internal cleansing are also impactful. When applying, it is necessary to understand if we are able to undertake all the steps alone or with supervision by a qualified practitioner.
- Vitality: this chapters mostly refers to energy and its different forms to keep us healthy! I loved this chapter as, once again, it offers the tools for me to work on what needs it the most. I love the understanding the functions of the subtle energies within with Prana, Tejas and Ojas working together! To me, they make sense as I am susceptible to how I use and move these around and the ay I feel. This chapter also speaks about how to balance energy throughout our lives; which makes sense, as we change with age. Ayurvedic Herbs are in use here too, and all come with a comprehensive explanation.
- Clarity: Another one of my favourite chapters, encompassing the need to find internal stillness to see the path ahead in a more definite way. With tools like Meditation, this chapter promotes listening to our hearts as much, actually more than our heads. Not because rationality is not necessary, but because our intuition is perhaps an even more reliable tool to follow if we know how to use it.
- Gentleness: I found this chapter to be perhaps the most practical one yet. With the Ayurvedic tips to use to create Sattva in our body through movement as well as stillness and to work with the different qualities related to each action, thought, task etc… This chapter will probably be helpful to those who need an objective approach the most. I find it very easy to visualize and apply. It also offers routine advice and diet, which is always a great, practical way, to start when we don’t know better! We all eat, right?
- Serenity: I must admit, I was a little confused when it came to this last chapter as I wondered if it would be synonym with Harmony. But here I feel it was a more spiritual approach, and hence, it needs an open mind an heart to understand. From sleep to Daydreaming and going to the subconscious, this journey to Serenity can be quite exciting and healing at the same time
The entire book is healing, and it aims at teaching the principles of Sattva through Ayurveda, and it offers wisdom we seem to have lost as we progress with technology and leave our sixth sense behind.
Thousands of years of knowledge and wisdom cannot get lost through our modern ways, so I am glad Hay House created the right platform to continue sharing essential lessons of life.
I could not recommend this book more; it was a real joy to read and review it, and it will become a staple on Eco Dharma Village‘s shelves for our guests to read.