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An Introduction to Ayurveda

'Ayu' means life and 'Veda' means science or knowledge

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Bringing you back to balance

Ayurveda is beautifully known as the “mother of all healing”, and with good reason. This holistic science originated in India well over 5,000yrs ago, during a period where philosophy and medicine were not separated like they are today. It has stood the test of time as the oldest medical health system, and is still practiced all over the world. Ayurveda demonstrates an intelligence and comprehension of the body in a very unique way. It doesn’t work on a ‘one size fits all’ approach when looking at an illness or an imbalance. Instead, true health is achieved by adopting specific diet and lifestyle approaches according to your unique body/mind constitution.

Discovering and understanding your body-type, otherwise known as your 'prakriti', places you back in touch with who you really are. There are 3 basic dosha types; Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These reside in all of us in varying degrees, naturally moving in and throughout the system, playing their part in the bodily systems, functions and our emotions. The balance of our natural constitution can be affected by stress, the seasons, emotional upsets, lifestyle and dietary choices. Hence, they will need rebalancing before the formation of illness and disease. The importance of strengthening your digestive fire (known as your ‘agni’) and reducing toxins (known as ‘ama’) throughout the body is also a major component in Ayurveda. Being nourished by what you take into your body is imperative to your mental and physical state of health. 

 

A brief look at the doshas

Nature is both in us and all around us. Everything we see, taste, smell and feel are made up of the 5 universal elements; space, air, fire, water, earth. The five natural elements then combine with each other to give rise to three biophysical forces known as doshas - Vata, Pitta + Kapha:

Vata: This dosha is all about the energy of movement. It's linked with flexibility, creativity, and free-flowing spirit. It's also associated with bodily movements like breathing, muscle contraction, and heart function. Someone who is vata dominant might be thin, feel cold often, have dry skin, or experience racing thoughts. An imbalance in the vata dosha can result in anxiety, fear, and digestive issues like constipation.

Pitta: This dosha is linked to fire and controls the endocrine, metabolic, and digestive systems. People who are predominantly pitta can have a medium build, tendency to overheat and have acne-prone skin. They tend to be busy, high-achieving, and always on the move. An imbalance in pitta can lead to anger, overexertion and burnout, skin irritation and rashes.

Kapha: This dosha is a stabilizing energy responsible for nourishing the body, supplying water to the body and upholding the immune system. Someone who is kapha dominant is calm, grounded, and forgiving. But an imbalance in kapha can lead to jealousy, sluggishness, and weight gain.  

 

How Ayurveda Can Help You

Holistic Approach

= Mind + Body + Emotions

Ayurveda uses a holistic approach which assists the body regain balance from many issues, both physically and mentally.

 

Here are just a few:

  • Menopausal symptoms

  • Maintaining natural healthy weight

  • Anxiety

  • Stress reduction

  • Restoring general health + wellbeing

  • Arthritis

  • Digestive issues

  • Eczema + psoriasis

  • Reducing inflammation

Feel free to get in touch at dorsetayurveda@gmail.com to see if I can help.

 

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