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WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE THREE DOSHAS: VATA, PITTA AND KAPHA?

Ayurveda is the traditional Indian system of medicine. Its aim is to preserve health and wellbeing in the individual through maintaining homeostasis in the mind, body, and spirit, preventing disease and for those that are diseased, where possible, to reduce the signs and symptoms and maximise the quality of life for the individual.


Ayurveda’s roots stem from the ancient Vedic culture, which has been taught from master to apprentice (or student) for many thousands of years. It began as an oral tradition, with only the first written texts being created from approximately 5000 years ago.


Today, the wisdom and teachings of Ayurveda are used to enhance and balance one’s life – be it to improve quality and enjoyment of life, energy levels, lose weight, overcome digestive issues, minimise disease symptoms, or to find more to life itself.


A truly holistic approach to health and wellbeing, Ayurveda, simply put, has its foundations on the principles of living in harmony with nature’s cycles and rhythms, seasons, cycles and will always work to aim to find the root cause of an imbalance, rather than just looking at the signs and symptoms of an illness or disease.


Ayurveda looks at the individual on an individual basis. No one size fits all – each individual is seen as unique, with a unique constitutional makeup, of which can become imbalanced in its own way through things such as: unhealthy diet and lifestyle, seasonal or environmental changes, unhealthy thought patterns and so on.

In order to help an individual to rebalance, and move back to a state of equilibrium, Ayurvedic practitioners will look at all parts of one’s physical, emotional, and spiritual makeup, and can prescribe diet and lifestyle modifications, exercise,   bodywork therapies, herbs, detox therapies, yoga, meditation or Ayurvedic or holistic counselling to help work to bring to body back to homeostasis.

Definition of Ayurveda

Ayurveda’s aim is to preserve health and wellbeing in the individual through maintaining homeostasis in the mind, body, and spirit, preventing disease and for those that are diseased, where and as so far as possible, to reduce the signs and symptoms, and importantly, maximise the quality of life for the individual.

Vision of Ayurveda

According to the Classical Indian teachings, there are four goals in life which one should fulfil in order to live a meaningful existence. These are:

§  Dharma (perform one’s duties in righteous way)

§  Kama (maintain the strength and vitality to fulfil one’s desires)

§  Artha (the possession of material wealth necessary for one’s social position)

§  Moksha (the pursuit of peace of mind and a sense of spiritual liberation)

Ayurveda has in many ways been designed to be a manual for the individual with (time-tested and effective) teachings and guidelines to help one make informed decisions for leading a healthier and more balanced life and a fulfilling lifestyle.

“The fundamental principle of Ayurvedic medicine is simple and empowering: You can become your own best doctor if you acknowledge the power of self-healing.”

― Suhas G. Kshirsagar,

The Five Mahabhutas

According to Ayurveda, all matter withing the universe is comprised of different combinations of five elements (panchamahabhutas).

These are:

SPACE (Empty, formless, clear and of no weight).

In the body these qualities correlates with:

AIR (Cold, dry, light, clear, abundant with movement).

In the body these qualities correlates with:

FIRE (Hot, transformative, dry, illuminative).

In the body these qualities correlates with:

WATER (Flowing, wet, cold, heavy cohesive).

In the body these qualities correlates with:

EARTH (Dense, stable, solid cold).

In the body these qualities correlates with:

An in-depth understanding of these elements and their inherent characteristics is essential to the understanding and successful practice of Ayurveda. When one of these elements is out of balance, the Ayurvedic practitioner will look at introducing the opposite quality to work to restoring balance

 

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