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Ayurveda & You

The word Ayurveda is a combination of the Sanskrit words "ayur" (meaning life) and "veda" (meaning science or knowledge). The literal translation is, therefore, the science of life.

Ayurveda has been practiced and taught in India since ancient times, but many other forces threatened to destroy it. Centuries of Muslim occupation introduced different medical practices to India, followed by European invasion. However, thanks to those who continued to practice and teach Ayurveda, we still have much of the ancient knowledge today.

What are the founding principles of Ayurveda? 

Ayurveda's complete knowledge, science, and practice are based on the theory of the five elements. These five elements are the building blocks of the universe and all life, including human bodies. 

The five primal elements are: 

  1. Earth

  2. Water

  3. Fire

  4. Air

  5. Space or ether

The five elements all play their role in the health of our body and mind. So, Ayurveda was developed as a science to balance these elements in our bodies. 

Ayurveda's primary purpose is to maintain good health. Ayurvedic medicine does offer treatments for health problems, but treating disease is a secondary function. The primary intention of the Ayurvedic practice has always been to prevent disease or health problems from arising in the first place by balancing the systems in the body.

Understanding Dosha

Doshas are responsible for a person’s physiological, mental, and emotional health, which is why it’s so important to keep them in balance. Each dosha represents a different archetype of a person, and along with that, signifies different types of foods to enhance our lives, and activities that reinforce our strengths and balance out our weaknesses.

Vata

Dosha of air and space (ether) elements.

  •  lightweight & cool with dry skin

  • light and thin bone structure

  • often feel cold

  • often have food allergies

Pitta

Dosha of the fire and water elements.

  •  moderate bone structure and body weight

  • enjoy high-energy activities. 

  • Often drinks a lot of water

Kapha

Dosha of water and earth elements.

  • large muscular body type

  • cool to touch

  • organized and easy going

Vata

Pitta

Kapha

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