by : Yogi Cameron

Q. Do I have to completely change my lifestyle to follow Ayurveda?
A. One thing that is important to remember about Ayurveda is that, while it can form the basis of a lifestyle, it is ultimately a body of information about how to attain balance in the body on any given day.  Two people could live particularly unhealthy lives filled with processed foods, late-night eating, multiple forms of medication, and the use of any number of chemical-based products in their day-to-day life, and the extent to which they forsake that lifestyle for the ideals of Ayurveda will directly affect how much balance they find.  One person could simply decide to cut out late-night eating, but do everything else the same.  The other person could cut out late-night eating but also start eating exclusively from the natural food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, etc.), forsake over-the-counter medication for the sake of herbal remedies, and use oils on their skin instead of chemicals.  Both people will benefit from making their respective changes, but the one who does more will have all the more satisfying an experience.  In other words, when it comes to using Ayurvedic information, you get out what you put in.  In my next book, I’ll be addressing the value of incremental change, so making large changes to one’s lifestyle won’t be quite so overwhelming.

Yogi Cameron is a former super model turned Ayurvedic healer and yoga master who uses ancient healing treatments to help people recover from their health issues in Z Living's TV show Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru. He left the world of high fashion in 1998 to seek the higher path available to all of us. He began his ongoing studies in Ayurveda at Arsha Yoga Vidya Peetam Trust in India under the guidance of his guru Sri Vasudevan after training at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City and Yogaville of Sri Satchidananda. Since then, Yogi Cameron has worked with individuals throughout the world to provide them with these ancient methods to live healthier, greener, more spiritually-minded lives in accordance with the Ayurvedic and yogic path. Using a combination of treatments, meditation, herbal remedies and diet guidance, Yogi Cameron helps treat specific conditions and set his clients on a path to greater mental, physical, and spiritual health. A primary goal of this path is helping each person find their purpose and practice. Yogi Cameron has also brought Yoga and meditation to Afghanistan as part of the reintegration program to prepare the country for troop withdrawal in the coming years, and works with young girls rescued from sex trafficking practices in Cambodia in coordination with the Somaly Mam Foundation. Yogi Cameron has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, Extra and Martha, amongst others. He has also been featured in The New York Times, Men’s Journal, Wall Street Journal, The London Times and ELLE magazine, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Sharecare, a health portal which is part of Dr. Oz’s outreach program for health and lifestyle experts. The Guru In You, his first book, was published by HarperCollins in January 2011. His latest book, The ONE Plan (HarperOne January 2013) provides a realistic approach to the Patanjali teachings designed to penetrate one’s entire being to result in a positive transformation of one’s life. Through The ONE Plan, Yogi Cameron translates these complex, intricate teachings into practical daily tasks, routines and systems that can easily be incorporated into everyday life for an improvement in one’s overall physical, mental, and spiritual health.