What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a personalized and preventative approach to health and wellness that originated in India 5,000 years ago in the same texts as Yoga. Like Yoga and even modern day medicine, it was developed andrefined over thousands of years, using observation and experience. In fact, the word 'Ayurveda' literally translates into the 'The Science of Life'. Ayurveda's evidence-based approach to health offers personalized recommendations to help you achieve a balanced mind, body, and soul.
In Ayurveda, doshas provide the foundational framework that help create the personalized approach to your health and wellness. By understanding your dosha, Ayurveda can recommend products ranging from diet, skincare, exercise, breath work, yoga, meditation, and more.
The Creation of Everything
The 5 Elements
First there was ether. The vibrations in this space created movement which manifested as air. The movements of air in ether created friction, leading to fire. As the fire made the air become dense, there was water. With the addition of cosmic matter to the other four elements, the combination gave us earth.
The elements are present in all matter and also exist within each individual and have direct relation to the physical body. The human is a microcosm — a universe of its own. The larger universe, the physical world, is the macrocosom. All things are unique because each contains a varied balance of the elements. The microcosom and macrocosm are the same in composition and character because of the elements and explain why pieces of the natural world are harmonious with the human body.
The Elements Manifested
Ether — empty space in the absence of anything, where everything happens, it is the vibration.
Air — movement. It is the wind. Within the body, it is the basis for energy transfer. It is a key for Fire to burn.
Fire — The energy of transformation. The power of digestion. The first visible element.
Water — The first element we taste. It is associated with cohesion. It dilutes, dissolves and wraps around. It is cooling and calming.
Earth — the sense of smell. It is related with inertia, the resistance to movement. The most dense and most stable element.
The 5 basic elements manifest in the human body as the 3 doshas (tridosha). The doshas are energies that make up every individual. The 3 doshas govern all biological, psychological, and physiological functions, urges, and preferences of body and mind. Each person has a unique balance of all three doshas.
Incorporating Ayurveda Into Daily Life
The Ayurvedic Clock
KAPHA TIME OF DAY:
elements — earth + water // dense, heavy, soft
emotions — we are likely to feel relaxed, supported, and grounded during these times when we are balanced vs. lethargic and sluggish when we are not.
PITTA TIME OF DAY:
elements — fire + water // hot, sharp, oily, active
emotions — we are feeling active, energetic and the body is metabolizing or detoxing. If we are not sleeping before ~10p, a second cycle hits, and the productive pitta energy will keep us up.
VATA TIME OF DAY:
elements — ether + air // cold, rough, dry, flexible
emotions — we are likely channelling creative and imaginative energy. While sleeping, this is the time of night where we experience heightened brain activity (REM) and is considered the best time to connect with source - Universe. This is why meditation is often recommended in the early morning.
MIND | BODY | SPIRIT
"Our well-being depends on our behavior, lifestyle and state of mind. Ayurveda and Yoga guide us to manifest our full potential of well-being in our life by strengthening our physical, mental, and physiological well-being." - Sachin Ramdas BharatiyaFIND YOUR DOSHA