Use the ancient knowledge of Ayurveda to increase your health and happiness
Ayurveda is a holistic healing system that originated thousands of years ago in India. It is based on the notion that good health depends on the balance between mind, body, and spirit. Ayurveda emphasises good health, prevention and treatment of illness through lifestyle practices such as diet, meditation and yoga.
Three dosha theory
According to Ayurveda, the universe is made of five primordial elements, namely earth, air, fire, water and ether. When these five eternal substances combine to form the human body, they do so by creating three vital energies, or doshas. These are the forces that govern all psycho-physiological functions in the body and mind respectively. They construct the body and serve to maintain it in a dynamic state of health.
Vata translates as “that which moves things”. The elements associated with Vata are air and space. The characteristics of Vata are dry, rough, light, cold, subtlea and mobile. Vata is often called the “King of the Dosha's,” since it gives motion to Pitta and Kapha.
Pitta means “that which transforms and digests.” The main element associated with Pitta is fire. This is reflected in the characteristics: hot, sharp, penetrating, and somewhat volatile and oily. The oily nature of Pitta is related to the secondary element of water.
Kapha represents growth. The elements associated with Kapha are earth and water. The Kapha-dosha characteristics reflect Kapha’s earthy qualities: unctuous, cool, heavy, slow, smooth, soft, and stable. It is also dense, cloudy, and viscous.
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