Ayurveda

Definition

Ayurveda: focuses on the prevention and maintenance of health through balance in one’s life, right thinking, nutrition, lifestyle, and the use of herbs.

Ayurveda shows how to create a balance of the body, mind, and consciousness according to one’s constitution and how to make lifestyle changes to bring about and maintain this balance

Examples of things that disturb the balance: stress, injury, diet, emotional state, work, relationships, weather

Common Questions

What is an individual’s constitution comprised of?

There are three types of energy or doshas present in every person and thing.

  1. Vata
    1. Composed of the elements of space and air
    2. Controls breathing, blinking, muscle and tissue movement, pulsation of the heart, and all movements in the cytoplasm and cell membranes
    3. In balance, Vata promotes creativity and flexibility
    4. Out of balance, Vata produces fear and anxiety
  2. Pitta
    1. Composed of the elements of fire and water
    2. Controls digestion, absorption, assimilation, nutrition, metabolism and body temperature
    3. In balance, Pitta promotes understanding and intelligence
    4. Out of balance, Pitta arouses anger, hatred, and jealousy
  3. Kapha
    1. Composed of the elements of earth and water
    2. Controls lubrication of joints, moisturizes the skin, and maintains immunity
    3. In balance, Kapha is expressed as love, calmness, and forgiveness
    4. Out of balance, Kapha leads to attachment, greed, and envy

Everyone has Vata, Pitta, and Kapha within them, but there is primary dosha, secondary dosha, and a dosha that is the least prominent. Disease is caused due to an excess or deficiency of Vata, Pitta, or Kapha.

What does Ayurveda mean?

In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life” or “Knowledge of Life”.

History

  • Over 5,000 years old
  • Stems from ancient Vedic culture in India
  • Originally an oral tradition that was communicated from the gods to the mystics

Resources

If you are interested in balancing your doshas or participating in a panchakarma (deep detox and cleanse), search for a local Ayurvedic practitioner.

There are also many wonderful books, podcasts, and blogs that explore Ayurvedic medicine and how to balance the body.