What is Ayurveda and How can this help you become a healthy person
Do you have bad eaten habits?
Do you feel like you could be a healthier and harmonized person, but you’re not?
Do you want to learn how to take care of your physical and emotional aspects?
This is all reachable. And you can trust the fact that Ayurveda is definitely the answer to all your questions.
The three dimensions of health
Ayurveda is a five-thousand-year-old herbal health science from India, that started with one single question:
“What is health”
The answer to this question marked the beginning of the tradition of holistic health care. According to Ayurveda, life is a symbiosis of body, mind and soul. Therefore health is three dimensional:
Physically: Where health is the state of Harmony between functional humours, gross and subtle metabolism, structural refinement and evacuation
Mentally: Where health is the Harmony of thoughts, senses and emotions
Spiritually: Where health is the contentment of the soul.
The holistic approach
Ayurveda says that health and disease are the products of all aspects of one’s life: nutrition, career, mental frame, social activities, spiritual life etc. It also says that we need to take time to nurture all areas of life to maintain the whole balance.
I know that you are probably wondering:
“Ok, but how can I start to take care of myself? What should I do?”
The secret to living a higher quality life is adjusting to 4 important factors:
– Routine/ Lifestyle
– Mental hygiene/ Stress management
– Adapting to the fast-changing environmental influences
Dealing with diseases by Ayurveda techniques
Ayurveda helps you to maintain health by using the inherent principles of nature thereby bringing the individual back to one’s true self. It also helps to prevent health care and promotion, as It is far easier to maintain health, with dietary habits and lifestyle routine advice, than to restore it once it has broken down. Another important benefit of Ayurveda is the belief that each individual is unique, by teaching you to understand your body; your particular nature and your individual mixture of elements at a physical, mental and emotional level.
For those that haven’t understood, by the Ayurveda sight, the disease-free status of the body doesn’t mean healthy. Ayurveda defines health as a state of Harmony of body, mind and soul. Healthy is the harmonious existence and functioning of a person in his or her body as a unit of the universe, a microcosm of the macrocosm. And there’s more! Ayurveda also can help you dealing with diseases, by educating and helping you understand your body and how your thoughts and lifestyle, in general, have affected, and continue affecting your health.
The treatment itself includes eliminating toxins, reducing symptoms, increasing resistance to disease and bringing Harmony in the patient’s life.
Ayurveda Basic Principles
Ayurveda believes that everything in this universe is made out of five elements:
A predefined combination of the five elements gives birth to three distinct energies in the body-mind complex of every individual, called the “doshas.”
These energies or functional forces are called Vata , Pitta and Kapha . Irregular and inappropriate diet and lifestyle, stress and environmental influences can create an imbalance in the system, resulting in illness. When balanced, the ‘doshas’ (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) manifest as health and harmony.
Ether and air combine to form Vata dosa
Fire and water combine to form the Pitta dosa
Water and earth combine to form the Kapha dosa
The doshas and How to identify them
Every individual embodies a specific combination of the three functional forces -or Doshas- Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
The unique physical, cognitive, emotional and intellectual characteristics and behavior of a person, are called Prakruti. And all the imbalances in our system are called Vikruti.
Finally, when the Vata, Pitta and Kapha principles are stabilized, we experience health, enthusiasm, and harmony.
Attention: Finding out your dosha or natural body-mind complex constitution would be most accurate if done by an individual appointment with an ayurvedic expert
Different people have a different combination of elements – Prakruti and Vikruti – and, for this reason, will need to incorporate different practices in their life. Experts in Ayurveda, study these ancient texts and applications for over 14 years, this extensive training equips them with the knowledge to make a precise diagnosis in the patient. As each individual is unique, so is every consultation. Each moment is unique and specific to the individual.
Characteristics of Vata Dosha
Vata Dosha, the one that is formed of air and ether is responsible for circulation, the nervous and breathing systems.
Increases with: pungent bitter and astringent tasting food
Decreases with: salty sweet and sour tastes.
This body constitution is very Tall or short and skinny, usually with dry skin and difficulties to gain weight.
As far as the emotional state is considered, they can come across as scattered and spacey, but when more balanced, as inspiring. Because it’s so light and subtle, vata is the dosha which most easily goes out of balance.
Characteristics of Pitta Dosha
Pitta dosha is formed by fire and water and is responsible for digestion, metabolism, bodily temperature, vision, intelligence, courage and self-esteem.
Increases with: Spicy and hot tasting food.
This body constitution is well defined with muscles, pinkish skin and easy to gain and lose weight. The emotional attitude is described as focused, or when not in balance – angry.
Characteristics of Kapha Dosha
Kapha dosha is formed by water and Earth and is responsible for the balance of bodily fluids, stability, body structure and memory.
Increases with: sweet sour and salty tastes.
Decreases with: pungent bitter and anstringent tasting food items.
Observation: It increases in late winter, is strongest in spring and decreases in the summer season.
This body constitution is heavy and hard to lose weight, with oily skin. Kapha emotions are usually stable, yet, when imbalanced, they can be stubborn.
So, around 3000 years ago, Ayurveda defined health as a state of harmony between body, mind and soul.
But what does it mean?
It means that the best way to be a healthy person is to educate yourself and to help you understand your body and the best kind of nutrition, the ideal amount and format of physical exercise, the ideal life routine, and mindfulness techniques to use to better choose your lifestyle, your thoughts, food etc.
A disease-free body, quiver-free breath, stress-free mind, inhibition-free intellect, obsession-free memory, ego that includes all, and soul which is free from sorrow is the birthright of every human being – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
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