The Chopra Center Newsletter     June 2011 Edition 



Perfect Health is a 6-day healing immersion that combines the Chopra Center’s renowned medical staff, a time-tested detoxification and cleansing process known as panchakarma, and intimate, daily classes in meditation, yoga, and Ayurveda.

The Perfect Health program’s unique approach is based on the powerful principles of Ayurveda, India’s 5,000-year-old healing system. Ayurveda focuses on the whole person – the mind, body, and spirit – seeking to correct the imbalances that cause distress and, ultimately, disease.

Conscious Eating for Perfect Weight

By Sheila Patel, M.D.

What is perfect weight? It is tempting to think that there is a certain number on a scale that defines a person’s “perfect” weight. The problem with this, as many recognize, is that even when they reach their goal weight, they still don’t feel healthy and vital. On the other hand, some people may not meet the criteria for “ideal weight” by some standards, yet they still feel vibrant, healthy, and happy. Perfect weight isn’t a number. It isn’t about how someone looks. Instead, it is a natural state of balance, where we feel healthy and energetic.

The healing system of Ayurveda teaches that we each have a unique mind-body type, known as our dosha, that guides how we look and feel when we’re healthy. Since our individual state of health and balance is different from everyone else’s, the perfect weight for each of us will vary, and no single dietary regimen will be appropriate for everyone.

According to Ayurveda, by understanding our true nature, strengthening our connection to ourselves, and living in balance with our natural rhythms, our perfect weight is revealed. This knowledge doesn’t come from an external source, but comes from within each and every one of us. Once we understand this, we can begin to listen to our inner intelligence and engage in practices that strengthen our mind-body-spirit connection and lead us towards the weight that is ideal for us. Click to read the rest of Sheila's article>>

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