Ayur = life

Veda = science or knowledge

Ayurveda is our ancient life science that is commonly referred to as the sister science of yoga.

Ayurveda is also known as the first ever healthcare system.

Unlike western medicine that treats symptoms, Ayurveda is focused on healing the body from the inside out.

Ayurveda is all about nourishing the mind, body and soul so the best way to do that is through fresh and organic foods.

Now if you seasoned in the ancient science of aryuvedw you have heard this before. But for all the newbies… welcome!

Ayurveda an ancient system of healing focused on preventative practices and holistic approaches for balancing the body. If imbalance already exists in the body (which for most of us it does) Ayurvedas secondary goal is to treat disease.

Ayurveda helps us understand our bodies and the way we interact with things externally. It provides a system for us to use that is based on the five elements: air, earth, water, fire, and ether.

“Ayurveda is more than a science, it is a lifestyle.”

Unlike surgery and pharmaceuticals we see in the west, Ayurveda is allow lifestyle change rather than a quick fix. In the eastern cultures they study Ayurveda as a degree similar to becoming a doctor in the west.

Ayurveda is a holistic approach to the mind, body and soul.

The 5 Elements

The building blocks in nature and us humans.

  • Ether “Akasa’ - expansive space

  • Air “Vayu” - Flow of consciousness all which moves

  • Fire “Agni” - Heat and transformation

  • Water “Apas” - Liquid which flows

  • Earth “Pruthivi” - Structure and stability

The 3 Doshas

The Doshas can be described as the basic energy types or constitutions which are present in everybody and everything. The Doshas are the presence of the five element within us and help us understand what we need to maintain balance.

  • Vata - Air and Ether represent movement

  • Pita - Fire and Water which represent transformation

  • Kapha - Earth and Water which represent both lubrication and structure

Prakruti is the Dosha you were born with and is your original nature.

Vikruti is the Dosha you embody in the present moment which changes throughout life according to factors such as season, food, ect.

“The goal is to not have equal parts of all the dosas but to return to your Prakurti, your nature so that you are balanced.”

“General Rule: Opposites balance each other and like increases like. In other words, what we crave will take us out of balance, and what we don’t like or avoid will ultimately put us back into balance.

Qualities of the Doshas

  • Vata - cold, light, dry

  • Pita - hot, light, moist

  • Kapha - short, heavy, moist

Physical Attributes of the Doshas

  • Vata - active, tall, thin, pronounced joints, talkative, quick moving

  • Pita - medium build, defined muscles, and red flushed skin

  • Kapha - short, heavy, muscle mass, smooth skin, thick hair

Mental & Emotional Attributes of the Doshas

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  • Pita -

  • Kapha -

Location of the Doshas

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  • Pita -

  • Kapha -

Imbalances of Doshas

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  • Pita -

  • Kapha -

Stages of Life

Time of Day


Yoga to Balance Doshas

Daily Ayurvedic Routine for Healthy Living

  • Rise before the sun

  • look at something auspicious (not your cell phone or computer)

  • Daily Kriyas

  • Hot water, lemon and ginger (Kaphas)

  • Turmeric for Pittas

  • find for vatas?

  • Abhyanga - oil massage before the shower ( Vata= Sesame, Pita= Coconut, Kapha=Almond)

  • positive thoughts

  • movement (especially in the evening after food)

  • regular hydration

  • oiling feet

  • good night sleep which is before 10pm which is when the Pitta energy starts back up again

  • Eat mindfully and without doing other things

  • Triphala - tri dosais cleanse - take 1 tbs before bed to stay regular.

If you are interested in learning about the Ayurvedic morning routine click here.

Learn more about combining food in Ayurveda here