An Ayurvedic tailor-made program for you will include specific lifestyle and nutritional suggestions to help reduce an excess in a dosha through: diet, exercise, daily activities, positive thinking, breathing and relaxation techniques etc. Simple and natural recommendations will be given, staying close to the concept of simple and natural living.
Origins of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as an effective traditional health care system. It is one of the oldest forms of healthcare in the world, originating in India thousands of years ago. It is continued to be used today due to its natural and effective means of prevention, restoring and maintaining perfect health. This timeless wisdom of Ayurveda offers a comprehensive guide in following the laws of nature and believes fundamentally that “prevention is better than a cure.” How can Ayurveda help you?:
A healthy person, is “He whose doshas are in balance, appetite is good, all tissues of the body and all natural urges are functioning properly, and whose mind, body and spirit are cheerful…” is defined in Sushrut Samhita, a main Ayurvedic text.
Ayurveda considers that there is an inseparable connection between mind and body through Yoga postures and the connection between physiology and consciousness through Meditation.
The aim of Ayurveda is to establish a balance between the three doshas, (Tri-dosha) Vata, Pitta and Kapha, to create a healthy and happy person on all levels: physically, mentally and emotionally.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda consists of two words in Sanskrit (ancient Indian language):
“Ayurh”: Means life, comprising the mind, body, senses and the soul.
“Veda”: Means pure knowledge or science. The term “ayurveda” then means ‘the pure knowledge of life’ or ‘the science of life’. It not only works with the physical but also the mental and emotional aspects of each human being to restore balance.
What are Doshas?
In Ayurveda, there are three “doshas”, or energies: Vata, Pitta and Kapha, that govern all the activities of the mind and body. When these are in balance, a person is healthy. Every individual has their own unique balance of these three doshas, however when they are not in balance our health and well-being are not at their potentially prefect state, leading to dis-ease. Ayurveda believes in an intrinsic relationship between the universe and our bodies with the five elements:
Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth.
These elements are represented in our bodies by the three doshas and when any of the doshas accumulate in the body beyond the desirable limit, the body loses its balance, thus we need to balance the ‘Tridosha’.
The Three Doshas
- Vata (air and ether elements)
- An imbalance can relate to bladder, kidney, rectum, colon, waste, feet and bone disturbances, such as reproductive organs, fertility, gas, swelling and chills in hands and feet, emotional disturbances, depression, anxiety, dry skin.
- Pitta (fire and water elements)
- An imbalance can be seen in the lymphs, blood, small intestine, lower part of stomach, such as digestion problems, reflux, high and low blood pressure, stress, sleeplessness, skin redness/irritation, eczema, poor blood circulation.
- Kapha (water and earth elements)
- An imbalance can be seen in the chest, neck, head, joints, upper part of the stomach, fat tissue, such as fatigue, cold and cough, obesity, headaches, migraines, arthritis, joint pain, asthma, back pain, allergies, snoring, low energy.