In Ayurveda a healthy person is defined as:
"One who is established in Self,
who has balanced constitution (doshas),
balanced digestive fire (agni),
properly formed bodily tissues (dhatus),
proper elimination of urine, stool and sweat (malas),
well functioning bodily processes and
whose mind, soul and senses are full of bliss, is called a healthy person."
Sushrita Samhita 15:38
Ayurveda is not a trend or a diet. It is a sustainable way of living and finding balance. It is flowing with nature, remembering our natural state, and stepping away from the things that bring us out of balance.
It is mainly a preventive medicine and health system. Most people are born in balance. Ayurveda is about remembering that state and finding our way back to that.
The word Ayurveda is Sanskrit and means the science of life – it’s really just about understanding nature and life.
Ayur – means life and Veda – knowledge or science
Ayurveda is a 5000-year-old health science that originates from India. The teachings are a part of the Veda books if you have heard of them. They were acknowledged, written down on palm leaves, and then passed on from generation to generation.
It is a constitutional medicine. It means that we look at the body as a whole, not at different separate parts of it. We all have different constitutions, and therefore we should be treated in different ways.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine both sprung out of Ayurveda, and these are some of the oldest sciences on the planet. Traditional Chinese Medicine treats 1/3 of the earth’s population. Today the UN is estimating that 70 % of the 900 million people living in India are treated by Ayurvedic medicine.
The three doshas
Vata, Pitta, and Kaphaare different kinds of energies that we, and the entire universe, are comprised of. They are based in the five elements. Vata represents air and ethers, Pitta mainly fire but also water, and Kapha water and earth.
We all constitute of a bit of every dosha. Usually one or two dosha’s are the dominant ones, and their qualities will show up most. The dominant ones are also the ones which most easily get imbalanced.
If we know the dominant doshas, we can live in a sustainable way and prevent misalignment. Such imbalances can eventually lead to disease.
The qualities of the doshas relate both to our physical body and our mental state. Different kinds of food, exercise, and lifestyles suit different doshas.
After completing the dosha test, start becoming aware of how the doshas shows up in you. Diseases arise from a dosha imbalance and we need to take the appropriate action to counter the imbalances. For example, if someone has an excess of Pitta (Fire) they need to cool down with foods and oils of a cooling nature. Activities that counter the fiery nature of Pitta are also necessary to bring balance.
Like attracts like and the opposite brings balance.
For example, if you drink excessive amounts of water – you will get thirstier.
To find out what works for you, it is best to arrive at your consultation with an open mind ready to explore your truth. A scientific study can only give so much information. Your personal experience is valid and should be taken into account.
Dosha self test – Find out which dosha is predominant in you.
Remember this is only one of many tools that are used to conclude which constitution and imbalances you might have. It cannot be used for self-diagnosis. Even though most people have tendencies towards imbalances in their dominating dosha, your environment can cause an imbalance in a different area.
Go to Halepule and my teacher Myra Lewin's self test here