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 means taking responsibility for our health and life! Ayurveda is mainly a preventive medicine and health system.
Most people are born in balance. Ayurveda helps us remember that state and find our way back to it.
The word Ayurveda 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 from generation. Much of the information was also taught verbally.
It is a constitutional medicine. It means what 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. They are some of the oldest sciences on the planet. Today TCM treats 1/3 of the earth's population. The UN is estimation that 70% of the 900 million people living in India are treated by Ayurvedic Medicine.
An healthy person according to ayurveda:
"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
The three doshas
Vata, Pitta and Kapha are 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 life in a sustainable way and prevent misalignment. Such imbalances can eventually lead to disease. The qualities of the doshas relate both to out physical body and our mental state. Different kinds of food, exercise and lifestyles suit different doshas.
Like attracts like and the opposite brings balance.
For example, if you drink excessive amounts of water – you will get thirstier.
After completing the dosha questionaire, start becoming aware of how the doshas show 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 and Water) they will need to cool down with foods and oils of an cooling nature. Non agressive activities that counter the fiery nature of Pitta, are also necessary to bring balance.
Prepaire for your consultation
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 be helpful, but the information it gives us is limited and it doesn't necessarily aplly to you personally. Your personal experience is valid, and should be taken into account.
Remeber that the questionaire 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 ost people have tendencies towards imbalances in their dominating dosha, your environment and many other factors can cause an imbalance in a different area.
Dosha questionare – Find out which dosha is predominant in you.