Sunday, June 5, 2016

Ayurveda: the Sister Science of Yoga

Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that literally means "ayur" life "veda" knowledge.  It originates from India and focuses balancing the mind body connection to bring health to ones body.

In Ayurveda, each of us has a dosha, this is our constitutional make up.  We may have one (or more) dosha(s) for our mind and another for our body.  There are many tests online that you can take to discover your dosha.  Here is a link to one dosha quiz.  Basically, there are three different doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha.

Vata leads the other doshas.  Usually, vata will go out of balance before the others.  It controls all movement in the body.  People with high vata dosha tend to be thin and have difficulty gaining weight.  As a result, they can wear themselves out and need to make sure they have sufficient rest.  Maintaining a regular routine can help with this. They also tend to feel cold so they should make sure they are warm and comfortable.  

Pitta is characterized by fire and usually feel warm.  They need to keep an eye on their temper.  They usually are ambitious and have a decent amount of energy.  In order for them to sleep well, they should maintain a regular bedtime routine which allows them to unwind in the evening.

Kapha dosha controls the moist tissues of the body.  They have a sturdy frame with a healthy reserve of strength and stamina.  They tend to have a positive outlook on life.  They do need stimulation to bring out their vitality.

Once you know what your dosha, then you can work with balancing it.  There are different ways to balance one's dosha.  One way is thru the practice of yoga.  This is where the 5 Elements come in.  We're be exploring the 5 Elements in my next blog.

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