What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a traditional Indian system for health and healing and can be traced back to 5,000 BC. It is also a philosophy.
The word ‘Ayurveda’ is made up of two Sanskrit words: ‘Ayu’ means life and ‘Veda’ means the knowledge. Therefore Ayurveda is often translated as ‘Art of Living’ or the ‘Science of Life’.
Yoga and Ayurveda are considered sister sciences.
Ayurveda gives us the knowledge to maintain a physically and emotionally balanced state by living in harmony with nature, diet and a lifestyle unique to our mind-body type.
This mind-body type is called a ‘Dosha’ in Sanskrit and by understanding our Dosha we can start to bring our body and mind back to a balanced state and ultimately live a healthier, happier life.
Complimenting this, Yoga gives us the technology (physical practice, meditation and breathing exercises) to re-balance your body and mind.
Whether you are at the beginning of your Yoga journery or an experienced Yoga practioner, it’s essential that you understand your Dosha as it is difficult to fully benefit from Yoga on its own, when your mind and body are not nourished and balanced.
Through eating the right food for Dosha in and living a lifestyle that is unique to your Dosha, that is when you will feel the full benefits of Yoga.
What is Dosha (mind-body type)?
Every individual is made of a combination of five elements, Air, Ether, Fire, Water and Earth and these elements combine in the human body to form three Doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Doshas are the energies believed to circulate in the body that make up every individual, which perform different physiological functions in the body. The differing portions of these doshas determine individual characteristics and physical constitution.
Each individual has all three Doshas but usually one or more of the three Doshas is predominant. When these Doshas are imbalanced, it is believed to cause particular physical and mental disorders.