Ayurveda is the world’s oldest holistic health science and offers a classical model of re-balancing cellular metabolism. It’s foundations are based on the science of nature. Everything has its cycle- including us. Cause and effect is well-understood in Ayurveda, and still today is the most comprehensive approach to health.
Ayurveda helps us to live a healthy life which fosters a sense of wellbeing and a feeling of harmony. Being healthy makes us happy, and when we feel happy we can’t help but radiate a sense of positivity. This positive energy creates a healing cycle within us and out into the wider community. Collectively, we all benefit from this never ending healing cycle: it is a direct reflection of our collective wellbeing, and is underpinned by our health.
How can I find better health?
“Balanced” health is like finding the Holy Grail. We live in a state of perpetual change.
Understanding more about Ayurvedic principles can help tremendously in finding optimum health. The wisdom of Ayurveda provides a framework that everyone can understand because it comes from the science of nature. A lot of it is common sense. Ayurveda reminds us we are responsible for how we feel body, mind and emotionally. What we expose ourselves to on a. day to day basis through food, environments, relationships etc directly impacts how we feel. We have a choice to continue with a mindset and life that depletes our overall well being, or gradually make shifts to bring a healthier, happier way of existing.
Basics of Ayurveda
What the Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space/Ether is this all about?
In your body you have a combination of these 5 elements that is unique to you. This is your DNA or prakriti as Ayurveda would describe it.
As an individual you are seen as a unique microcosm of the macrocosm (the greater environment).
“As is the atom- so is the universe”
Just as your body is made up of trillions of cells, your whole body/organism is part of a vast universal organism.
What’s a Dosa - Dosha? (…Can I have coconut chutney with that?)
Dosa or “dosha” as it is pronounced is not a yummy South Indian style pancake (my favourite!) it’s the organising of the elements in our human organism. Ayurveda splits the five elements into 3 doshas – vata (air and space), pitta (fire and water) and kapha (earth and water). Each of us has all 3 of these doshas within us, in unique and varying combinations.
Dosha actually means excess and what this signifies is that we all have one (dosha) that is more prominent in us at birth. This is known as our prakriti and the idea is to live in a way that keeps our unique prakriti stable, in a life of continual change.
Think of it as a bit like surfing a wave: moving with it, and ideally staying on top without getting pulled down beneath, as the wave moves towards the shore.
What is my type (prakriti)?
We determine this through your one to one sessions.
N.B: It is not as black and white as some books/sources may like you to think!
There are many ways to determine prakriti, and a very basic summary of the physical and mental qualities of each dosha are outlined below. During your session I read your pulse, eyes, ears, tongue (as well as a detailed discussion of your bowel movements!).
The three dosha types:
Remember: You have all 3 in you.
VATA "The Visionary” (creative, communicator, multi-tasker)
Vata people are usually: of a slim frame, whether tall or short (think small boned) with (generally) dry skin and hair. Vata types are always “doing”/multitasking, walking and talking fast! Can be prone to constipation, bloating and gas.
When balanced this type is creative, light, inspirational and communicative.
When imbalanced, can become addictive, fearful, scatty, prone to insomnia, nerves and distraction.
PITTA "The Leader” (analytical, ambitious, natural competitive)
Driven, ambitious, love knowledge/understanding how things work, of athletic build and prone to get hot easily. Pitta types tend to have a fast metabolism.
When balanced they are warm, courageous and exhibit leadership qualities.
When imbalanced they can be prone to inflammation in body and mind! (Anger, jealousy, envy, competitive and aggressive).
KAPHA “The Consistent Manager” (nurturer, loyal, steadfast business partners)
Typically there are heavier frames with large solid bones, soft skin and plentiful thick hair. Slower to move in contrast to the other two doshas. Can have a slow, sluggish digestion/metabolism but are steadfast, loving and of good stamina. Prone to mucus infections, sinuses issues and chesty coughs.
When balanced (sattvic) they are supportive, loyal, loving, nurturing (think the earth mother/father types), steadfast.
When imbalanced they can become too attached, materialistic, lazy, greedy, and prone to weight gain; with too much mucus in the system.
By determining your unique “type”/stamp (prakriti) you can start to make healthier choices to help you be the most productive, creative, successful, healthy being you can be.
Learn more about Ayurveda, how to create better digestive health, understand more about your constitution and how to align your daily routine and diet to optimise your health.