WHAT IS ARYUVEDA?
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
Location of the Doshas
Imbalances of Doshas
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)
Hot water, lemon and ginger (Kaphas)
Turmeric for Pittas
find for vatas?
Abhyanga - oil massage before the shower ( Vata= Sesame, Pita= Coconut, Kapha=Almond)
movement (especially in the evening after food)
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