You are refreshing and vital as the air; graceful and tender as sparkling
Water; lustrous and consuming as flames of fire, generous and enveloping
As space and stable and deep as the earth… You, elemental woman, are
Perfect beauty itself.
When we talk about beauty in the context of Ayurveda, it should be perfectly clear from the start that we are not talking about market-driven ideals of the moment. In Ayurveda, inner and outer beauty are intimately related. The more we nurture ourselves, the more radiant we become physically and expressively – regardless of our particular body shape or proportions.
In keeping with the general orientation of eastern philosophy and healing, beauty can be viewed as having three aspects; an outer, inner, and secret aspect. When one balances the outer and inner, one has accomplished the secret aspect.
Outer beauty is what we most commonly associate with the field of beauty. It is the perfection of what is visually perceived. It includes the obvious traits such as contours of the body, texture of the skin, and the quality of the hair and nails. But in Ayurveda, it also includes grace in posture and movement and the subtle qualities of freshness, vitality and magnetizing brightness of being. Ayurveda has always understood beauty to be the product of general physical health and appropriate daily care. It is not just a cosmetic event. The emphasis is on self knowledge and development of positive routines and habits that literally bring out the best in ourselves.