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The Everyday Ayurveda Guide to Self-Care: Rhythms, Routines, and Home Remedies for Natural Healing

Shambhala. Jul. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9781611806519. pap. $29.95. HEALTH
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O’Donnell (The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook) introduces a third beautifully designed title in her well-received “Everyday Ayurveda” series, which boasts stunning photographs by Brostrom and begins with an overview of the ayurvedic approach to health. Along with the energies known as the three doshas (vata, pitta, kapha), O’Donnell explains the balance of qualities (e.g., smooth/rough, soft/hard) that affect the body. The holistic methods she presents for health and self-care are comprehensive and include step-by-step instructions and recipes. Some practices, such as massage, are familiar, while others, like oil pulling, may be new to readers. As with the author’s previous titles, the book contains charts, a glossary, and a detailed index, enhancing its quality as a reference for those unfamiliar with ayurvedic concepts. The resource guide and reading list provide beginners with points to explore further.
VERDICT There’s much to learn from O’Donnell, and her book makes it easy for readers to enhance learn new ways of self-care as well as balancing and healing the body, mind, and soul.

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