Ayurveda, translated in Sanskrit, is "the knowledge of life", it is an Indian holistic healing modality that dates back thousands of years.
Ayurveda exists to keep one in an optimum state of health in body and mind while we seek enlightenment. Our state of health each day is based upon how we interact with the world, in terms of our beliefs, thoughts, and feelings, which then determine our actions. Actions in harmony with our inner nature create health, while those disharmonious with our inner nature create disease. Your inner nature is called your constitution or Prakruti. This unique balance of energy was determined at the moment of conception and is with you the rest of your life. It determines what is in harmony with your nature and what will cause you to become out of balance, sick, and diseased. The philosophies of Ayurveda respect the individual within everyone by addressing the unique elemental influence in each person's constitution with combinations of air, ether, fire, water & earth and using this knowledge to heal through balancing those elements. Your constitution is the fundamental and unique balance of three basic energies called doshas. They are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. For this reason no two programs are identical, and each person’s path toward optimal health is unique.
The Vata dosha is made up of the air and ether elements. Vata has qualities that are similar to these elements. Vata is very much like the wind. It is light, cool, dry and mobile. Vata bodies tend to be light, their bones thin, and their skin and hair dry. They often move and speak quickly. When out of balance, they may loose weight, become constipated, and have weakness in their immune & nervous systems. Those with a Vata nature tend to be talkative, enthusiastic, creative, flexible, and energetic. If out of balance, they may also become easily confused and overwhelmed, have difficulty making decisions, and have trouble sleeping. This becomes more apparent when they are under stress. They are challenged by worry, fear and anxiety.
The Pitta dosha is said to be made up of the fire and water elements. Fire is more predominant. Pitta tends to be hot, sharp and penetrating. Pitta predominant people tend to feel warm, have somewhat oily skin, penetrating eyes, and sharp features. They tend to be of moderate weight and good musculature. When out of balance, they tend toward diarrhea, infections, skin rashes, and weakness in the liver, spleen and blood. Pitta people tend to be highly focused, competitive, capable, courageous, energetic, and clear communicators who get right to the point. However, they can also become overly intense and speak with a sharp tongue. They make great friends but feared enemies. Emotionally, they are challenged by the heated emotions of anger, resentment, and jealousy.
Within the Kapha dosha there is a predominance of the water and earth elements. Like these elements, Kapha tends to be cool, moist, stable, and heavy. In the body, these qualities manifest as dense, heavy bones; lustrous, supple skin, low metabolism and stocky frames. In addition, those with a Kapha nature tend to feel cool. When out of balance, Kapha individuals are prone to gaining weight and tend to have weaknesses in their lungs and sinuses, where there is an accumulation of mucous. Those with a Kapha nature handle stress very well, often not even noticing that it exists. They don’t like change, are generally conservative, and would prefer to keep things just the way they are.Those with a Kapha nature are also comfort seekers. When Kapha is out of balance, the heavy emotions of depression and lethargy result.
The awareness gained from having an Ayurvedic consultation allows one to create balance and harmony, thus avoiding the onset of symptoms. If you are already ill, Ayurveda helps you to create the optimum environment in your body for healing to take place! Ayurveda will help you feel better about life and have greater energy and enthusiasm. Healing with Ayurveda may include lifestyle adjustments, dietary changes, herbs, color therapy, aroma therapy, massage therapy, sound therapy and many other unique treatments.