" In this beginner's guide to Ayurveda, Claire simplifies this topic with her unique approach to this very current but often confusing subject: 'When my publishers Penguin Random House first approached me to write the book I found people were drawn to Ayurveda but didn’t know how to apply it to their lives and were confused by so much conflicting advice and emphasis on understanding one’s ‘Dosha’ (Ayurvedic Body Type), so I decided to write a book that incorporated these elements but put the focus back on Agni - or digestive fire. This was the key principle that made sense to me, more than trying to figure out my dosha!'"
"In her first book 'Balance Your Agni – An Essential Guide to Ayurveda' Claire asks the reader to focus on their Agni or ‘Digestive Fire’. Taking one verse from the ancient Ayurvedic texts as her starting point “An imbalanced Agni is the root of all disorders” she explores this theme through fresh eyes in a way that is simple to understand and follow.
Claire strikes a balance between explaining the fundamentals and sharing knowledge (if you are Vata type, you may not want to eat breakfast but if you are Pitta, you’ll need a meal to sustain you through the morning) while providing daily and seasonal rituals, practical routines and remedies, in order to recognise what imbalances an individual’s body might have, and how to go about fixing them.
For example: “A balanced digestive fire will allow you the freedom to enjoy a wide variety of food groups, but if it is weak you will suffer from bloating, wind, digestive discomfort or allergic reactions”.
'Balance Your Agni addresses the important connection between gut health and mental health and how balancing digestion and boosting immunity (known as Ojas) will help you sleep better, reduce stress and anxiety, have more energy, soothe skin conditions, maintain a healthy weight, balance your hormones and even improve the way you understand yourself and your relationships with family and friends.
Claire states that Ayurveda has blessed her with a health and contentment that she didn’t think she would find, and quite simply, she hopes her reader will find the same. With a clear tone and warm manner, she shows us how to take a 5,000-year-old medicinal system (known as the sister science to yoga) and use it to achieve that very modern goal: mind/body balance."