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Ayurveda for Stress Relief: 3 Simple Steps

Updated: Sep 4

Stress can take a serious toll on your health, which is why it's so important to find easy and effective ways to deal with your worries. Thankfully, you can get natural stress relief with Ayurveda. Ayurvedic practices can help you to manage stress symptoms before they cause problems for you.

Whether you're dealing with internal or external stress, Ayurveda can help. These are a few simple ways you can relieve tension and manage your stress.

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What is Ayurveda and Why Does it Work So Well?

Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that translates directly as the “knowledge” (veda) of “life” (ayu). Ayurveda is a branch of the Vedic tradition - an ancient Indian knowledge system, and the oldest wisdom tradition in the world - which is based on the idea that all of life, from the mundane to the majestic, is inherently connected and divine

Ayurveda is often thought of as only one component: Ayurvedic medicine. While Ayurveda is a profound approach to holistic health and healing, this is just one small dot on the vast map of this ancient tradition. Ayurveda is a path, a system of living, a spiritual journey that lasts a lifetime.

Ayurveda uses food as medicine, herbs, and lifestyle practices like meditation and breathwork to balance the dynamic energies within our body – creating harmony throughout our inner and outer worlds.

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Ayurveda for Stress Relief: 3 Simple Steps

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1. Use Ayurvedic Herbal Remedies

Ayurvedic herbs have been used for healing for centuries, and they can be particularly effective when it comes to relieving stress. Herbs that can help relieve anxiety include:

  • Jatamasi

  • Vacha

  • Brahmi

  • Bhringaraj

  • Ashwagandha

These herbs have proven health benefits and can help you find tranquility when you're feeling overwhelmed. Which herbal remedy is correct for your depends on your constitution, current condition, location, season and stage of life. Herbal remedies are best determined by an experienced Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.


“I have implemented small changes that you recommended. I'm ecstatic to report that all my anxiety has completely disappeared. It feels like magic! I was not expecting such a speedy turnaround in my overall outlook and mental wellbeing, but the best way I can describe it is feeling infinitely more balanced, which has seeped into all areas of my life - work, home, personal relationships, etc. I will keep implementing small changes and building healthy habits.” –Anonymous, Minnesota

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2. Find Friendly Dosha Balancing Foods

The mind and body are closely connected, and the foods you eat can have a significant impact on your stress levels. If you're trying to determine which foods you should include in your diet, you'll want to identify your predominant dosha.

Knowing your dosha will make it easier for you to choose foods that can keep your body in balance. For example, if you have a pitta imbalance, cooling foods can be a big help. Fruits and vegetables are especially important for people with a kapha imbalance. Find out more about your body so that you can identify the foods that it needs.

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3. Start Meditating and Learn Diaphragmatic Breathing

It'll change your life. Daily meditation is one of the most effective ways to keep your stress levels in check. Meditation can help you to focus on the present rather than worrying about the future. It can also make you more aware of what you're feeling, allowing you to keep your emotions in check.

Once you build healthy meditation habits, you'll be able to increase your patience and your tolerance levels. You'll have all the tools you need for stress management.

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There is a saying, "The mind is more in the body, than the body is in the mind." The Saumya 3 Step Meditation Process shifts us from fight-flight-freeze mode, to rest-restore-relax mode. Give it a try for forty days and observe the changes. The more grounded and relaxed we are, the smoother life flows.

"The breath is the connection between the mind and body, so by training the breath, we become calm, focused, and grounded, we slow down the aging process by decreasing stress. These practices are so simple and easy to have as part of our daily life. We actually feel and look younger."

- Veena, Saumya Ayurveda

1. Learn Diaphragmatic Breathing and Change Your Life. When we re-learn to breath diaphragmatically, we move from the flight-fight-freeze mode, to rest, restore, relaxation mode from where we want and need to live.

2. Daily Guided Practices: 11 minutes in the morning and in the evening, as anchors of your daily Ayurveda routine.

3. Ayurveda Daily Routines: --Ayurvedic Morning Routine | 6 Rituals for a Calm and Centered Day

--10 Ayurvedic Evening Rituals for a Calming Night

"Choose a couple of practices from the routines that provide you with the greatest support. Perform them while applying our two minute meditation technique and your mundane tasks, just transformed into a mellifluous meditation. This is meditation applied to daily life." - Veena, Saumya Ayurveda

“Veena was able to help me regain my energy in just a few months and I’m feeling like my “young” self again! I love the food plan she designed for me, and all the supporting practices (am/pm routines, breathing techniques, herbs, and spice mixes) are so enjoyable to incorporate into my day. I highly recommend Saumya Ayurveda if you want to feel better and have more vitality.”

-Molly Rossini, Minnesota

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“Veena has helped me several times at various stages of my life to rebalance my doshas, and to bring me back to greater vitality. Veena’s herbal protocols and food recommendations are easy to follow and effective.

Combined with her beautifully guided relaxation and meditation practices, Veena offers a truly holistic to achieving and maintaining harmony in body, mind, and spirit—and living more peacefully and joyfully in an increasingly more erratic world.”

--Gabrielle Allen, California


“Saumya Ayurveda has helped me beyond my expectations! Veena is a wonderfully astute and Ayurvedic practitioner. She’s exceptionally intuitive and empathic and can “see” me and accurately assess my conditions through virtual visits. Veena has been of immense value helping me to alleviate chronic health issues that my doctor could not. I highly recommend Saumya Ayurveda to everyone!” – Paul Kellett, St. Paul, Minnesota

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We all want to be heard, understood, and cared for as whole beings, not a set of isolated symptoms. True health is more than the absence of disease, which is why Western medicine so often leaves us feeling hopeless and unseen.

Deep down, you already know what you’re searching for: a new framework for living – one that brings your entire being back into balance. With Saumya Ayurveda, you’ll receive individualized guidance to create the physically, mentally, and spiritually vibrant life you crave.

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Veena at Saumya Ayurveda

Veena is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and meditation teacher, and monk.

She is President Emeritus of the Meditation Center and former staff member of the Minnesota Institute of Ayurveda.

Veena fell in love with the traditional medicine used in her family’s home learning herbal remedies at her grandmother's knee. She remains passionate for over 30 years, helping clients feel their best physically, emotionally, and spiritually with Ayurveda.

Veena individualizes treatment plans to each person, rather than offering a one-size-fits-all approach, so it fits your life and becomes woven into your daily life, naturally.


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