Ayurveda

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What Ayurveda Is and How It Can Help

 

The ancient Indian "science of life" called Ayurveda explains that human beings, like the Universe, are made up of each of the five elements (air, space, fire, water and earth) and the Soul. Therefore, our bodies are a microcosm of the Universe within itself.

How are these elements expressed in our bodies? Air is inhaled during breathing, it pumps the blood through our system to keep us alive. Space is in the hollow cavities of the body, and we require space to move around. Fire is a part of our digestive system that helps to break down the food we eat and burn calories to give us energy. Water composes about two-thirds of our body, and we need water to survive. Earth is in our bones and our vital minerals that keep us healthy.

These elements, in their biological form, are known as doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Vata is made up of a combination of Air and Space. Pitta is a combination of Fire and Water. Kapha is made up of a combination of Earth and Water.

Air & Space      Fire & Water   Water & Earth

 Vata                Pitta                   Kapha

 

Every activity and function of our mind and body is dependent upon the balanced or unbalanced state of our doshas.

Because we all have all of the elements in our bodies, we all have each of the doshas as well. But every one of us is born with a unique, individual balance of these doshas. So, no two of us are alike! The idea is to find what our own special combination of doshas is, and to work to keep in balance so that we stay in radiant health, mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Just about everything could be classified by its dominant dosha. Here are a few examples of the ways Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are expressed in the world around us. See if you can begin to guess which dosha you are:

 Take this Ayurveda quiz from the Himalayan Institute

 

VATA PITTA KAPHA
gazelle tiger elephant
hummingbird eagle swan
stars sun moon
bamboo pine oak
violin cello bass
sand clay mud
orchid rose chrysanthemum
emu kangaroo koala
hurricane volcano avalanche

 

 

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