Ayurveda – They say it can help me live a great life. WHAT IS IT?
The practice of Ayurveda is based on the understanding that a state of mental, emotional, and physical equilibrium is available to each of us and that it is achieved by living a balanced life that is in harmony with the elements found in nature.
The Ayurveda Master Dr. Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc tells us that “Ayurveda is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life.” Ayurvedic knowledge originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is often called the “Mother of All Healing.” It stems from the ancient Vedic culture and was taught for many thousands of years in an oral tradition from accomplished masters to their disciples. Some of this knowledge was set to print a few thousand years ago, but much of it is inaccessible. The principles of many of the natural healing systems now familiar in the West have their roots in Ayurveda, including Homeopathy and Polarity Therapy.”
It is a system and a method for living in harmony with the natural elements.
These elements – air, water, fire, earth, and space - are found all around us. They are the elements of nature, and they exist within us too. Ayurveda groups these five elements into three basic categories of energy, called doshas. The doshas represent the functional principles of life that play out in our bodies everyday. They are expressed uniquely through everybody and found in everything. When we understand how these principles, or doshas, are expressed within us, we can make informed choices regarding beneficial lifestyle practices in order to keep the expression of these energies integrated and harmonious.
I'd like to share a brief overview of the doshas and a few of their inherent qualities in this article. To gain deeper insight into how these energies are expressed through your body, mind, and emotions as your unique wellness personality, please schedule a wellness consultation with me. At that time, I will assess your wellness personality and offer a wellness prescription designed to support you in bringing your best (healthiest and most integrated) self into all you do, and be exactly who you are meant to be, regardless of the challenges you face in the outer world.
The Ayurveda Doshas: Vata, Pitta, Kapha
Vata – the subtle energies associated with movement and comprised of air and space. Cold, light, mobile and changable.
Pitta – the energy of transformation, comprised of fire and water. Hot, intense, competitive, intelligent.
Kapha – the energy the holds things together and is comprised of earth and water. Cool, slow moving, unctuous and retaining.
Those qualities, situations or conditions in our environment that are similar to the doshas can exacerbate them. Thus, to balance the expression of the doshas in your body, mind, or emotions you would be wise to consider and embrace their opposing actions. For instance, a person whose personality is predominantly comprised of vata characteristics (one with a quick mind that easily grasps information and forgets it just as easily, has a thin skeletal frame, tends to run on the cold side, and may suffer from anxiety and even fear) would benefit from daily practices that soothe, warm and ground her energy. This would include eating several small meals throughout the day of highly nutritious, lightly cooked and warm foods.
The value of understanding how the elements found in nature express themselves through you is that it can help you make wise choices about your diet, daily activities, the way your breathe, and even the thoughts you think. Does this interest you? Are you curious to learn more about how the energies of nature express themselves through you in a unique and individual way? Would you like to deepen your understanding of how you can manage the doshas to elevate your overall well-being? Schedule an appointment with me so I can help you assess your Ayurveda Dosha.
I offer wellness assessments designed to help you take the reins of healthcare into your own hands. By balancing the energies inherent within you, you may enjoy greater vitality, improve your digestion, enjoy more sound sleep, and experience more joy in your relationships while comfortably pursuing the life of your dreams. Why wait?
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Sharon Harvey Alexander, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist, Reiki Master Teacher, and Breath Coach
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