What is Ayurveda?
‘Ayur’ – life
‘Veda’ – learning/science
Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga, it is an ancient science that is holistic and natural. Ayurveda is about nature and understanding that we are connected to nature. In Ayurveda, everything (mind, body, nature, food, energy) consists of a mix of five basic elements, ether (space), air, fire, water and earth.
What’s Your Dosha?
From the moment of conception each person has a unique balance of these elements that remains in place throughout their life. This is their dosha or Prakriti. Combinations of these elements make up the three doshas in Ayurveda: Vata, Pitta and Kapha as shown.
Each dosha has a particular relationship to body functions and can be upset for different reasons. The elements are constantly changing due to food, activity, environment and bodily processes. They are also affected by the time of day, season and time of life. An imbalance in a dosha will manifest in the body in different ways according to the element or elements that are out of balance. When we practice Ayurveda we change at the same rate as our environment.
Ayurveda is the oldest example of ‘Prevention is better than cure’ philosophy. Ayurveda uses the body’s natural intelligence. It is a common sense philosophy that intuitively we know, a philosophy of listening to, understanding and interpreting what your body is saying to you. Although Ayurveda originated in India, it is universal and eternal in Nature, it can be practiced anywhere at any time. It is a down to earth and practical science.
What determines our wellbeing?
The way we feel, our diet, exercise, how much stress we are under, what illnesses our parents suffered etc.
Ayurveda takes a holistic view of a person, believing that illnesses affect both mind and body. If we are emotionally or mentally distressed there will be an effect on the physical body. In Ayurveda the body is a map of the subconscious mind.
What happens in an Ayurvedic consultation?
An Ayurvedic consultation involves both interrogation and observation to determine your unique mix of elements. This will help to create lifestyle, self-care and eating suggestions based on your body type that will help balance the energies of your dosha. If you are interested in exploring this please contact Justine for a booking.