ABOUT AYURVEDA

WHAT IS AYURVEDA?

The word Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Ayu’ meaning ‘Life’ and ‘Veda’ meaning ‘Knowledge’. Ayurveda is therefore, the science of life and holistic well-being. The oldest documented body of holistic medical knowledge in the world, it is a system of herbs, oils and plants originating in India over 6,000 years ago. The fundamental philosophy of Ayurveda rests on the concept of harmony – in Ayurveda, true health and wellness can only result from perfect harmony between the mind, body and spirit.

We all are born with our own particular balance of doshas, which creates our constitution, and that remains unaltered throughout our lives. The predominant dosha (or doshas) determines our physique, our mental and emotional tendencies and our predisposition to certain health problems. We generally have a predominance of one or two of the doshas. To live balanced and healthy life we have to ensure that are doshas are in balance. Through meditation, healthy eating, inhalation and massages we can work upon ourselves to balance our doshas.


The following are doshas that are created:
● Ether and air create the air principle, Vata
● Fire and Water yield the fire principle, Pitta
● Earth and Water produce the water principle,Kapha

VATTA
 
PITTA
 
KAPHA
A combination of ether and air, Vata is the principle of movement. The word Vata means ‘Wind’, from the Sanskrit root va, meaning blow, direct, move or command. Vata is our life force (Prana), derived primarily from the breath.
  Pitta is a combination of the elements of fire and water. It is the principle of transformation and heat because it is responsible for all chemical and metabolic conversions in the body that create energy and heat. All Pitta’s processes involve digestion or cooking, including the ‘cooking’ of thoughts into theories in the mind.   Kapha is a combination of earth and water, the principle of potential energy , of growth and protection. Kapha is responsible for the body’s nourishment and makes up the bulk of our structure – the bones, muscles, tissues, cells and body fluids.

Qualities:

Dry, Hard, Cold, Mobile, Light, Subtle, Irregular, Rough, Sharp and Clear
 

Qualities:

Oily, Sharp, Hot, Soft, Light, Smooth, Subtle, Clear, Flowing, Malodorous and Mobile
 

Qualities:

Wet, Static, Cold, Dull, Gross, Soft, Dense, Cloudy, Smooth and Heavy