Ayurveda: the ultimate in self care
Updated: Dec 30, 2017
Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old system of healing that comes from India and is known as the science of life. In Sanskrit, the word ayus means ‘life’ and veda means ‘knowledge’. It is known as the sister science to Yoga. The ultimate goal of Yoga is self-realization or Samadhi, union or Oneness. Ayurveda is a body of wisdom integrating and balancing the environement, mind, body, and spirit so that the body can heal itself.
Each of us is born with a certain constitution. This is what is known in Sanskrit as your prakriti, your own blue print. Prakriti gives insight into what qualities you possess and what you need to be balanced in mind and body. In Ayurveda, one’s individual nature is reflected their body type, or dosha. The doshas reflect three main governing principles of nature, called vata (space-air), pitta (fire-water) and kapha (earth-water). Space or Ether, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth represent the five possible states of matter. Your constitution is the particular combination of vata, pitta, and kapha that is established within you at conception, and remains constant over your lifetime. It represents your natural state of equilibrium, your blueprint for perfect health.
All three doshas are present in everyone, but the ratio between them varies from one person to the next.