What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is the science of daily living in harmony with the laws of nature, providing diet and foundational lifestyle practices to balance body-mind-consciousness with the elemental energies of your body. It is the sister science to yoga, combining for a powerful self-healing and self-realization system. The definition of wellbeing in Ayurveda is “healthy body function, strong digestion and elimination, peaceful mind and senses, as well as a joyful soul.” And because each of us are unique beings of nature, the feeling of wellbeing is unique to each one of us. According to Ayurveda, every individual is comprised of the 5 elements: ether, air, fire, water, earth. These elements play out differently in every one of us. Dosha refers to our constitution, or the combination of each element within us. There are 3 doshas: vata (ether and air), pitta (fire and water), and kapha (water and earth). Each of the doshas is present within you, with one typically as the primary or dominant force. The approach to identifying your dosha is based on physical, emotional, and behavioral traits that you can identify or sense from as far back as you remember. A dosha quiz, or checklist, is the most common method to determine your dominant and secondary doshas. Determining your dominant dosha provides insight to individualize your diet and foundational lifestyle practices such as fitness activity and self-care rituals. Understanding your constitution puts you into perspective. And when you become unbalanced, gives you a place to return.
Energy of movement: ether & air
Energy of lubrication and structure: water & earth
Energy of transformation: fire & water
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Diet and foundational lifestyle practices refer to what you eat and the things you do to support your physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being. Because you are a unique being, your body has specific needs in order for it to function at it’s best. Remember we’re all a unique combination of the elements, fundamental energies that pair up to create our individual self. When your personal constitution becomes imbalanced, meaning you get too much activity from one of the elements and not enough from another, problems ensue. And that’s where Ayurveda and yoga come in. Ayurveda particularly is an intuitive complement to our lives. As embodied nature, our bodies, minds, and hearts represent a microcosm of wildness itself. When we understand and care for the relationship we as individuals have internally with each element, our understanding of and care for the external nature is enhanced. Nature is us, we are nature. Your prakriti (inborn constitution) remains the same from birth to death, your vikriti (current state of imbalance) changes based on stress, seasons, diet fluctuations, schedule fluctuations, and everything else life presents us. And because our lives are full, with responsibilities and demands that often push us physically and emotionally, knowing how to care for ourselves when the well gets depleted, as well as how to maintain our balance once we’re replenished, enables us to live fully and joyfully.
How can Ayurveda heal me?
If you ever experience constipation, low energy, irritability, bloating, gas, heartburn or indigestion, struggle to maintain a healthy weight, inflammation, anxiousness, sleep disruptions, then Ayurveda has the tools for you! Symptoms we feel and complain about are an indication of an imbalance. If left unattended to, dis-ease can set in. And there is too much for us to enjoy to be bothered with dis-ease! Because Ayurveda is a science that treats you as an individual, personal sessions are the best method of learning how to implement the principles of self-healing into your life. Initial sessions include compilation of your typical daily schedule, from rise and shine to hitting the hay as well as current diet, digestive patterns, energy shifts throughout the day, typical mood, self-care practices, exercise and fitness routines. Together we'll discuss some immediate additions, reductions, or transformations to implement. Follow-up sessions will be for us to discuss what’s working, what’s not, and how to refine for more success and maintenance.