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What is the definition of Ayurveda?
Ayurveda literally means "The science of life" or "The knowledge of lifespan."
Why would I want to learn more about Ayurveda?
Because Ayurveda encompasses the Eastern wisdom that contains the missing pieces to the Western puzzle of health and wellness. On the path to radiant health, Ayurveda teaches us how to get back in touch with our true selves in order to facilitate the healing process. Ayurveda is a positive medicinal philosophy that helps us understand the profound effect that our mind has on our body. It teaches us how to become more aware of the imbalances that occur in our minds so that we may correct those imbalances which then filter out to our bodies to establish a heightened state of well being regardless of our illness or age.
How will Ayurveda help me heal my body?
Through a series of assessment techniques followed by a series of remedies that include nutrition, body work, treatments and lifestyle changes, Ayurveda helps the body heal itself by restoring its proper cellular memory. Most people believe that our DNA is our destiny and that sickness is to be expected as we age, or that our current ailments are permanent. Untrue! The truth is that the body is dynamic — therefore constantly changing and rebuilding itself. If our bodies are not functioning properly, we must rid ourselves of the conditioning that brought on our illness and replace it with the thoughts and lifestyle that produces radiant health.
What is the meaning of Vata, Pitta and Kapha?Ayurveda is based on elemental theory. These elements: Ether, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth are as important to understand in our mind and bodies as they are in nature. Our bodies are comprised of all of these elements which are physically grouped accordingly:
- Ether and Air = Vata
- Fire and Water = Pitta
- Water and Earth = Kapha
Vata, Pitta and Kapha are Sanskrit words, so let's talk about what these terms mean in English. Simplified and in English, Vata means CHANGE, Pitta means FOCUS, and Kapha means NOURISH. So the fundamental question is, "Can you CHANGE, FOCUS, and NOURISH yourself as needed throughout each day of your life?"
Why should I know my primary constitution (whether I am Vata, Pitta or Kapha)?
Because our primary constitution reflects areas in our lives where we may be vulnerable to imbalances. There are many ways to determine your primary body type. You can take a questionnaire or have your pulse checked by an Ayurvedic practitioner. However; keep in mind that we are all comprised of Vata, Pitta AND Kapha. Your primary constitution simply makes you aware of where you body tends to go when there is an imbalance.
Are you are Vata, Pitta or Kapha? A quick and easy test!
|Vata (change)||Pitta (focus)||Kapha (nourish)|
|Learns quickly, but tends to forget quickly||Highly intelligent, precise and accurate||Great memory and retention|
|Tall, slim body frame, doesn't gain weight easily||Muscular build||Tends to carry more weight, gains weight easily|
|Has hyperactive mind, loves to multitask||Prone to perfectionism, and impatience||Methodical and paced in actions|
|Thin or dry skin||Reddish (or yellowish), oily skin||Thick, oily, pale skin|
|Prone to gas (silent but smelly), constipation||Prone to loose stool, burning||Prone to low metabolism, mucous, gas (loud but not smelly)|
|Fearful, anxious emotionally, lots of random thoughts||Irritable, critical of others and self, angry, prone to hate or jealousy||Calm disposition, can become greedy or attached|
|Prone to insomnia, or difficulty in falling asleep||Tends to sleep less, but sleeps well||Prefers to sleep at least 8 hours each night|
|Rapid speech||Sharp speech; articulate||Slow speech, methodical or monotonous|
|Likes to spend money||Spends money on luxury||Saves money/is wise with spending|
This is a very basic test to give you an idea of your natural tendencies. Wanna learn more? Learn more about how to identify and balance your body, mind and emotions using Ayurveda.
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