Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word translated into English means "the knowledge of life". It is a 5000 year old holistic healing modality that views people as a unique combination of doshas. These doshas present with different challenges as they become out of balance. As an Ayurvedic practitioner it is my pleasure to decipher that special harmony in a client and brings balance through diet and lifestyle adjustments. We look to the cause of dis-ease not just the symptoms. The following is an outline of the doshas and how they present themselves.
Vata (air & ether) governs all movement in the mind and body through blood flow, defecation, sexual function, menstrual cycle, breathing and the movement of thoughts in your mind. Vata governs the senses, creative thinking, reasoning, enthusiasm, memory and the sense of touch.
Since Pitta (fire & water) and Kapha (earth & water) cannot move without it, Vata is considered the leader of the three Ayurvedic doshas. It's very important to keep Vata in good balance. Is your skin dry, rough, thin? Is your mind constantly in a whirl? Do you worry? Are you restless? Do you experience constipation? Do you suffer from dryness? Are you forgetful? Do your joints crack and pop? Are you easily fatigued? Then you may need to align Vata.
Ways to balance Vata:
Pitta manages all heat, metabolism and transformation in the mind and body. It controls how we digest foods and how we metabolize our sensory perceptions. Pitta governs the important digestive "agnis" or fires of the body, functioning of the eyes, healthy glow of the skin, desire, drive, decisiveness, spirituality and blood.
Answer these questions to see if you need to balance Pitta. Do you tend to be critical? Are you often frustrated, angry or intense? Is your skin ruddy and prone to rashes and eruptions? Are you often irritable or impatient? Is your hair prematurely gray or thinning? Do you wake up in the early hours and find it difficult to fall asleep again? Do you feel discomfort in hot weather? Are you a perfectionist? Do you experience hot flashes? Do you have excess stomach acid? Do you experience loose bowel movements?
Tips for Balancing Pitta
Kapha governs all structure and lubrication in the mind and body. It controls weight, growth, lubrication for the joints and lungs and an assortment of the body's fluids such as the moisture for nose, mouth, eyes and brain, the sense of taste, moisture of the stomach lining, lubrication of the joints and soft and supple skin.
You may need to balance Kapha if you exhibit the following problems: Are you overweight? Do you feel lethargic or stagnant? Do you experience congestion? Is your skin and hair too oily? Do you feel that you are possessive and are overly attached? Do you feel lazy or complacent? Do you feel bloated?
Ways to balance Kapha:
Ayurveda is a fun way to began seeing our relationship to the elements and their influence over the many aspects of who we are. It can be hard for some to see that we live with all three doshas because we become attached to the predominant dosha within us. When all doshas live in balance we can easily recognize the harmony of the elements and appreciate the seasons of the mind, body and soul.
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