Ayurveda loosely translated means “knowledge of life”. It is a 5000 year old practice and has it’s origin in the Vedic culture. This traditional Indian medicine practice includes the uses of herbal medicines, mineral or metal supplementation, surgical techniques, opium and oil massages to cure ailments. Ayurveda, is much too wide a subject to be constrained within a concise article. But I’ll strive to get the basic points across to help you identify your ayurvedic constitution and develop practices that can be beneficial for your body and mind to stay in a balance. In a nutshell, Ayurveda emphasizes balance, suppressing natural urges is considered unhealthy as it causes imbalances and imbalances lead to disease.
There are three elemental substances (Doshas) in Ayurveda –
- Vata – Refers to Movement, space and air within the body
- Pitta – Refers to Transformation, moisture and fire within the body and
- Kapha – Refers to Strength and structure, earth and water within the body.
These are the primary forces responsible for sculpting the character of our mind and body. Each individual has a unique combination of these forces that shapes their nature. These are dynamic energies that constantly change in response to our actions, thoughts, emotions, foods we eat, seasons and other sensory inputs that feed our mind and body.
The table that follows gives a succinct portrayal of the three Ayurvedic Doshas. You can read through to figure out what is your constitution and what dietary, exercise and lifestyle changes can you make to get yourself back in balance.
Please note that the information in this article is meant solely for educational purposes. It is in no way a substitute for medical diagnosis, treatment or advice.