Hello, and welcome to this article in which I will help you to understand what is Ayurveda therapy.
Have you ever heard of ayurveda?
Maybe you’ve seen videos on YouTube, or read articles online about herbal remedies for various ailments.
Remedies ranging from skincare, haircare, and remedies for the internal systems of the body.
Many of these platforms of information adopt principles and techniques from Ayurveda
What is this ancient system of healing?
The term Ayurveda is derived from two Sanskrit words; ‘Ayur’ which means life, and ‘Veda’ which means science. Therefore when combined Ayurveda means the science of life.
Ayurveda was developed in India, and it’s considered to be the world’s oldest healing science. Its coverage is vast and applies to many aspects of health and well-being.
The Ayurveda system of healing aims at treating health issues holistically by addressing the root causes.
Doing so, by bringing the mind, body, and spirit into balance.
Ayurveda employs the use of herbal compounds, and minerals to help us return to a state of equanimity, and bliss.
It also emphasizes the need for a balance between the doshas(energies) of the body, and it is integrated into general wellness and medical practices throughout the world.
What is the importance of the doshas?
In Ayurveda, the doshas play an integral role in governing the physiological functions of the body.
The doshas are forces of energy that circulate through the body and determines our physical constitution, mental faculties, and overall character.
There are three doshas in Ayurveda, namely; Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
Did you know that there is one dominant dosha within each of us?
Try this dosha quiz to learn which dosha is your most dominant dosha. You’ll learn so many things about yourself by doing so.
However, we all have aspects of the three doshas that interact with each other to keep our systems functioning properly.
When aspiring to achieve optimum health, it is necessary that these doshas are balanced.
Because any imbalances may cause upset within the body, and eventually lead to diseases if neglected.
The Vata(Air) dosha
Vata means air in Sanskrit, and this dosha is responsible for the functioning of the nervous system, and the process of elimination.
Vata dominant people can be identified by their slender frame and energetic nature, and tend to have dry skin and hair.
They have excellent agility, sleep lightly, and experience short bursts of energy.
When out of balance they may suffer from constipation, arthritis, digestive issues, fatigue, and restlessness.
When balanced, Vata dominant individuals are highly creative and full of energy. They are natural communicators and enjoy new experiences.
Vatas are full of enthusiasm for life and take initiative in accomplishing their goals.
When out of sync, they tend to become worrisome, anxious, and have difficulty sleeping.
- In order to balance Vata, it’s best to establish a consistent routine in order to remain grounded. This could include eating meals at a set time daily and sleeping earlier, and regular meditation.
- Engaging in activities that enhance balance and flexibility is also beneficial. Activities like Yoga, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi.
The Kapha(Water) dosha
Kapha means water in Sanskrit, and this dosha is responsible for the structure of the body, and it’s the energy that creates tissues, muscles, and bones.
Kapha dominant individuals have a strong physical frame, exceptional stamina, thick hair, and glowing skin.
When in alignment, Kaphas have excellent digestion, maintain a healthy weight, and sleep really well.
When out of alignment, they tend to overeat and gain excess weight easily. They may also suffer from diabetes.
On an emotional level, Kapha types are very caring, thoughtful, and calm.
They are very reliable, patient, and supportive. When out of balance, they can become stubborn, reluctant to change and suffer from depression
In order to balance Kapha, here are some tips that could help to achieve this.
- It is important that the individual avoid being stagnant, and try to have new experiences.
- Regular exercise is a great way to keep active and release toxins and all the blood to circulate properly.
- They say cleanliness is next to Godliness, so spaces should be kept clean and clutter-free.
- Because kaphas are sensitive to cold and damp conditions, they should try keeping warm and dry.
The Pitta(Fire) dosha
Pitta means fire in Sanskrit, and this dosha is responsible for digestion, and metabolism, and energy production.
Physically, pittas can be characterized as having a medium built. They generally have excellent digestion, a warm body temperature, and strong libido.
When in balance pitta dominant people have perfect digestion, radiant complexion, and a storehouse of energy.
On the other hand, whenever they are out of sync, they may suffer from stomach ulcers, indigestion, and skin rashes.
On an emotional and mental level they have a really impressive intellect.
In a state of balance, they are sharp thinkers, great decision-makers and compelling speakers.
However, when out of sync, pittas are contentious and short tempered.
Here are some of the way for balancing pitta within the body;
- Strike a balance between being active and being restful.
- Avoid skipping meals as best as possible
- Doing aromatherapy using aromas that are cooling and sweet is very beneficial . Aromas like Chamomile, Jasmine, and sandalwood.
- Pitta dominant individuals may see benefits by spending quality time in nature.
What are some benefits of ayurveda?
There are many ways in which you can benefit from ayurveda, they include;
- Great for maintaining overall health: Ayurveda assists with weight loss, cleanses the body, lowers cholesterol, and blood pressure. It is anti-aging, improves digestion, reduces inflammation, and many more.
- Ayurveda is easily integrated into wellness practices and even medical practices.
- With in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of Ayurveda, you can start your own Ayurveda therapy business helping others to live more balanced lives.
- You gain a wealth of knowledge about digestion and nutrition
Ayurveda is a very dynamic system of healing that has been in existence for thousands of years. It has the potential to restore health and well-being to us all, once we understand the application of certain core principles.
Through knowledge of the doshas, an individual or practitioner can realign the systems of the body to their natural state of vitality.
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