THE PRINCIPLES OF AYURVEDA
Ayurveda recognizes the primal elements of space, air, fire, water and earth exist in all things including our physical beings and minds. These primal elements manifest themselves as Vata (Air + Ether), Pitta (Fire + Water) and Kapha (Earth + Water). Although all beings are made up Vata, Pitta and Kapha, it is the unique proportions of these forces that are unique in each of us, with one or two forces dominating. These forces are called doshas in Sanskrit. Ayurveda recognizes that health is achieved when a person’s doshas are in a natural state of balance (Prakruti). Due to environmental factors including living in a high stressful society with constant stimulation, lifestyle choices (including, diet, exercise and habits) and undergoing emotional experiences, our natural state of being often times becomes unbalanced. Ayurveda is aimed at helping an individual re-establish and maintain a balanced state of being through diet, daily regiment, herbs, yoga, meditation and pranayama or breathing exercises.
How can Ayurveda benefit your life?
Ayurveda offers an intuitive way of living that is in harmony with our natural state of balance and our surrounding environment. It offers a gentle and soft approach to healing and rebalancing causing people to include Ayurvedic practices in their life even after it has addressed their initial health concern. It can address manifested health ailments, center and balance moods, rejuvenate the body all at the same time providing shifts in perspective, thought and consciousness. In that way, it goes well beyond an allopathic system of healing , which often times simply treats specific, isolated symptoms.
When we live in a way that honors our original doshic make-up, we are taking conscious and intentional acts to optimize our well-being. In that way, Ayurveda is empowering. Understanding your own personal doshic make-up provides guidance on optimizing your mind, body and spirit through diet, daily and seasonal regiments. Understanding your own personal doshic make-up offers insight into your thought and behavioral patterns and how best to let go of those patterns that do not serve you. Understanding your own personal doshic make-up allows you to take efforts now to prevent health ailments down the road.
This website, as well as our offerings, are intended on sharing the beautiful wisdom of our ancestors with you to allow you take to gain control of your health and optimize your well-being.
THE FIVE ELEMENTS
Ayurveda recognizes that similar to everything else that exists in the universe, we are made up of the 5 elements - space, air, fire, water, and earth, but in different proportions.
Ayurveda provides valuable insight on how to make conscious decisions that are aimed at balancing our natural doshic composition through diet, yoga, exercise, herbs, seasonal and daily routines. By doing so, we can achieve and maintain optimal health and well-being. When certain doshas become aggravated or decreases, our bodies become more susceptible to imbalances, which if not treated after time may lead to disease and more serious health complications.
We are all made up of all 3 doshas - Vata, Pitta & Kapha - but in different proportions. For example, some of us may have more ether and air in our bodies causing us to move and think quickly, whereas, others may have more earth element in their bodies and minds, which causes us to be more slow and constant. This unique doshic composition offers us much insight into our authentic selves and offers valuable guidance on how to achieve maintain optimal health and well-being. So, what are Vata, Pitta and Kapha and how do the dosheas manifest in our bodies?
CONSCIOUS AND INTENTIONAL BREATHING
Conscious and intentional breathing provides effective nourishment to our bodies. With each deep inhale, we have the potential to increase the amount of oxygen that is reaching our body’s tissues and organs. With each deep exhale, we have the potential to increase the amount of carbon dioxide that is being expelled from our body. Unfortunately, when we breathe normally, we are not taking deep breaths, but rather shallow breaths. During normal breathing, we are only inhaling and exhaling 1/8th the amount of oxygen than when breathing deeply. By consciously and intentionally controlling our breath, we can optimize the amount of oxygen reaching our body’s tissues and organs thereby providing vital nourishment to our bodies.