What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a science of life, found in ancient Indian texts called the Vedas. It's a health system rooted in living life in harmony with the earth and the energies that guide all of life.

Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of creating and maintaining positive health with a focus on preventing the imbalances that lead to dis-ease. It looks at all things as combinations of the five elements of life: space, air, fire, water and earth. These five elements combine to create three guiding energies of life, called Doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. While everything and everyone has all three energies making us whole, the way the three doshas combine is unique– think of it like your fingerprint – called Prakriti.

The beautiful thing about Ayurveda is it's a system that believes our bodies have a self-healing nature and therefore if we know how to live in harmony with our individual make-up (Prakriti) and with the seasons through our food and other intakes we can prevent all diseases from happening in our bodies.

In places like the U.S. we are raised to look at our bodies and our health in a totally different way. In fact, we are taught the opposite. We are removed from our food sources, are constantly bombarded with extreme diets and lifestyle challenges and are given medicine to treat symptoms & specifics, instead of getting to the root and treating the whole person.

When we learn the basic qualities of the Doshas and understand how they guide everything from our mental state to the rhythm of time we are more empowered to make gentle, long-term lifestyle changes, which sustains our health and ability to prevent diseases from entering our bodies. There are two fundamental principles in Ayurveda – like increases like and opposites balance. Therefore, when we introduce things into our life, which have the same qualities we are increasing those qualities in our bodies (like increases like), yet when we integrate things with the opposite qualities, we find balance.

Here's a quick overview of the three Doshas:

•    Vata – the one that gives energy, is created from the elements of air and space. Its qualities are dry, light, cold, rough, subtle and mobile.
•    Pitta – the one that produces heat, is created from the elements of fire and water. Its qualities are oily, sharp, hot, light, acidic, spreading and liquid.
•    Kapha – the one that helps to adhere, is created from the elements of water and earth. Its qualities are moist, cold, heavy, static, sticky, soft, cloudy, slow and smooth.

 

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