the benefits of eating and living with Ayurveda, the “science of life”
What is Ayurveda?
Known as the ‘sister science’ of yoga, Ayurveda has been used as a healing practice for over 5,000 years. Ayurveda is an elemental theory based on our relationship with nature. The elements manifest themselves in each of us, and the world, differently, whether it is physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.
Ayurveda is not a one-size fits all approach to healing. Instead, we help clients understand their unique constitution, and then provide easily adaptable lifestyle choices to help people become more aligned, healthy and happy.
We believe everything can be used to heal your body.
From the way you walk down the street, the food you eat, the exercise you do, the people you have around you, all of these and more influence your health.
The 3 Doshas
Ayurveda views the world as a combination of five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and ether. These elements can be seen in nature, everywhere: solids, liquids, radiant energy, gases, and space.
The qualities that make up each element have certain affinities toward other elements creating relationships with each other known as the Three Doshas.
Vata (air and ether) – this dosha is related to things as they move through the body such as absorption of nutrients.
Pitta (water and fire) – this dosha is related to transformative qualities. In our body it can be seen in digestion and metabolism.
Kapha (earth and water) – this dosha manifests itself physically in our body as lubrication and protection such as mucus, saliva, and other fluids in our body.
The term dosha literally means “that which causes harm,” but they only do so when out of balance. Balanced doshas promote wellness, however it is when the doshas become aggravated or imbalanced that illness is likely to arise.
The most common ways doshas become aggravated are from the cycles of time, aging process, change of seasons, and varying climates. These aggravators produce stress on the body resulting in either an excess or depletion of one or more of the doshas.
When a dosha becomes aggravated the initial signs are in the digestive system.
Constipation and flatus denotes vata becoming disturbed, while burning indigestion and loose stools can signify pitta aggravation, and nausea with sluggish digestion points to kapha. When the first signs of imbalance are not treated, the doshas begin making their way deeper into the tissues and organs of the body.
Long term aggravated doshas relocate into these deeper places where they adversely affect your overall health and immunity to disease.