Ayurveda, "the science of life"
Ayurveda, 'the science of life', is a system of healing that has its roots in ancient India. It is thought to be the oldest healing system known to man. It is the only knowledge in the world that explains the human being and gives instructions to heal and maintain the quality and longevity of life. It is a simplistic art of living in balance whether you are healthy, living with disease, or trying to find your ideal balance. It offers a profound understanding of each person's unique body, mind, and soul, which is the foundation of health and happiness. Ayurveda treats the whole person, not just the symptoms involved, understanding that there is a root cause of every problem.
Whatever is present in the cosmos, the same is present in human beings. Man is a miniature reflection of nature. Five elements (space, air, fire, water, and earth) exist in everything, organic and inorganic. These five elements also exist within us, as individuals. Our psychological tendencies, as well as our five senses and the various aspects of our body's functioning, are all directly related to the five elements.
These five great elements rule the way we function, and how we preserve our existence, they make up who we are, and because of this it can be determined what we may need more of, or less of, in life to maintain a healthy balance. According to Ayurveda, these principles, or doshas, that govern the function of our bodies on the physical, mental, and emotional levels are known as vata, pitta and kapha.
- Vata is composed of the elements SPACE & AIR and governs MOVEMENT
- Pitta is composed of FIRE & WATER and governs TRANSFORMATION
- Kapha is composed of EARTH AND WATER and governs COHESION
In our bodies these three doshas govern our functioning. Vata-pitta-kapha are present in every cell, tissue, and organ. When in balance, they create health. When out of balance, they cause disease. These three doshas are responsible for a huge variety of individual differences and preferences, and they influence all we are and all we do. They also balance our emotions. When in balance they generate genuine qualities such as compassion, understanding and love. When their balance is disturbed by stress, improper diet, environmental conditions, etc, they can give rise to negative emotions such as anger, fear, jealousy and greed. All people have these three doshas, as we are all human, but one of them is usually most prominent, one secondary, and the third least prominent. Therefore, each person has their unique pattern of energy, an individual combination of physical, mental, and emotional characteristics that make up their constitution, who they are.
The goal is to find your balance
Krista is Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association http://www.ayurvedanama.org/search/custom.asp?id=945