Ayurveda, the holistic approach to health. Ayur = Life Veda = Knowledge.
Ayurveda is the practice and guiding principals for health and wellness developed in India thousands of years ago and recorded in ancient Sanskrit texts. It is one of the earliest written doctrines for healing. Ayurveda is based on the mind/body/spirit principles of health. One must have a balance of all three to have a healthy happy life.
There are three distinct categories or Doshas (you may have traits from more than one dosha) It is the energy that controls different bodily functions. These patterns of energy determine how and what one must do and eat. When balance is disturbed via food, stress or emotional issues, health problems can occur.
By assessing ones personality, body type, mental and emotional characteristics, one can determine which dosha is present.
Vata – circulation, breathing, heart and blood
Pitta – metabolism, digestion, nutrition
Kapha – Energy, immune system
We all have some of each dosha but there is usually one or two that are dominant.
Once your dominant dosha is determined, you can follow a specific list of of foods to eat or avoid as well as treatments including herbs, yoga, meditation and breathing or cleansing and mantras.
While rebalancing the dosha’s can correct or improve physical health, the intent is actually to prevent imbalance or disease. The fresh food based diet, along with exercise and meditation have been shown to reduce stress as wells as curing disease.
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