Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a 5000 yr old system of natural healing that originated in India

Ayurveda = Ayur-life and veda-science or knowledge

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Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga is rooted in Tibetan medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Greek medicine. Ayurveda is based on the basic principles in nature- like attracts and creates like.  
 
 
 Ayurveda places great emphasis on prevention and encourages the maintenance of health through close attention to the balance of one’s life, right thinking, diet, lifestyle and the use of plants (herbs). Knowledge of Ayurveda enables one to understand how to create this balance of body, mind and consciousness according to one’s own individual constitution and how to make lifestyle changes to bring about and maintain balance.  ayurvedic-supplements-xa2197
 

The two main guiding principles of Ayurveda are:

  1. The mind and the body are inextricably connected
  2. Nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind and the 5 elements (nature).
  3. Freedom from illness depends upon expanding our own awareness, bringing it into balance, and then extending that balance to the body.)
  4. 3 doshas- each is made up of the 5 master elements, mahabhutas. This makes up everything within our bodies and everything outside of our bodies:  space, air, fire, water, earth.

The ancient texts of Ayurveda identify three basic energies or functional principles (doshas, mentioned above) that are present in everyone and everything-vata, pitta and kapha.  These principles can be related to the basic biology of the body.

Energy is required to create movement so that fluids and nutrients get to the cells, enabling the body to function.  Energy is required to metabolize the nutrients in the cells, and is called for to lubricate and maintain the structure of the cell. Vata is the energy of movement, pitta is the energy of digestion or metabolism and kapha, is the energy of lubrication and structure. All people have the qualities of vata, pitta and kapha, but one is usually more primary, one secondary and the third is usually the least prominent. The cause of disease in Ayurveda is viewed as a lack of proper cellular function due to an excess or deficiency of vata, pitta or kapha. Disease can also be caused by the presence of toxins. 

Making your doshas happy will make you happy. This is the secret to balancing the whole mind-body system.” ~Deepak Chopra

The same patterns reproduced in all levels of the cosmos, microcosm vs macrocosm-the largest scale (macrocosm or universe-level) all the way down to the smallest scale (microcosm or sub-sub-atomic or even metaphysical-level).

5 master elements in ayurveda

Space – carries all the aspects of pure potentiality – infinite possibilities
Air – has the qualities of movement and change
Fire – is hot, direct, and transformational
Water – is cohesive and protective
Earth   – is solid, grounded, and stable.  

3 main doshas in ayurveda:

We are all made up of a combination of these doshas or constitutions.  
vata-wind-movement (Air and space)
pitta-fire-transforation (fire and water)
kapha-water-stucture (earth and water) 
 
Vata is dominant in our system, we tend to be cold, light, dry, irregular, rough, moving, quick, changeable, light, enthusiastic, energetic, and changeable. 
Pitta predominates in our nature, we tend to be hot, light, intense, penetrating, pungent, sharp, acidic, intelligent,goal-oriented and we have a strong appetite for life.
Kapha prevails, we tend to be heavy, slow, steady, solid, cold, soft, oily-going, methodical, and nurturing.
*Although each of us has all three forces, most people have one or two elements
that predominate.80f8ac930943920a3c7f95575bfaaa2d
 
 

Learn more about the doshas here

“I have learned through study and practice that Ayurveda is based on how we can use food, herbs and spice, lifestyle, exercise physiology, yoga and meditation to heal our bodies. Through Ayurveda we are given the tools based on ancient wisdom that is time tested and true to heal and deeply nourish our bodies.  The principles in Ayurveda teach us how to take personal accountability for our lives and live a more conscious life with ourselves, others, all beings and the earth.”   Tara