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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (UTC+5.5)
Properties of Food from an Ayurvedic Perspective by Valerie Hwang
In Ayurveda, food can be as powerful of a healer as medicine, or it can be as harmful as the deadliest poison. The point is, what we put into our bodies day in and day out has an incredibly significant impact on our health. But how do we know how a certain food is going to affect our bodies? Do we rely on food lists, or is there a more intuitive and logical way to see whether food can heal or harm? In this talk, Valerie will introduce the Rasa Panchakas, an Ayurvedic system of understanding the qualities of food and other everyday substances and how they affect the human body. She will go over the basic building blocks of Ayurveda: the 5 elements, the 3 doshas, and the gunas (qualities of nature), the Rasa Panchakas – Rasa, guna, virya, vipaka, prabhav, and how to use this knowledge to make healthier choices in everyday life.