Ayurveda (the science of life) is a 5,000 year old Eastern Indian system of healing. There are many modalities that play an important role in this ancient healing system including: nutrition, yoga, detoxification, meditation, massage, body treatments and daily practices that support being present and connected to the physical body. Ayurvedic philosophy incorporates the five elements that include: space, fire, air, water and earth. It is believed these elements manifest in the human physiology as three fundamental principles (Doshas): from space and air we have Vata (energy of movement); from fire and water we have Pitta (energy of digestion and metabolism); from water and earth we have Kapha (energy of structure and lubrication). Understanding these and working to balance them is the focus of Ayurveda.
Using Ayurveda, you can begin to understand how to change habits and create balance within your mind and body. Every person has a unique pattern of energy that can become easily unbalanced by a wide variety of factors, both internal and external. Emotions, stress, diet, trauma, the seasons, weather, relationships and work can all mess with balance. Balance and order can bring about greater health.
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At Natural Therapeutics, we are always seeking more holistic therapies to compliment the individual needs of our clients. Understanding more about your Dosha type can provide new ways to balance your body.
Read more about the Doshas Here:
Elements: Space and Air
When in Balance: Active, alert, creative, slim, light and dry, excellent energy level, vital
When out of Balance: Fearful, nervous, anxiety, insomnia, constipation
When in Balance: Intense, sharp, intelligent, confident, medium build, strong appetite and digestion, courageous
When out of Balance: Anger, jealousy, criticism, high blood pressure, heartburn, irregular body temperature, ulcers
Elements: Water and Earth
When in Balance: Relaxed, calm, stable, affectionate, dependable, strong, understanding, patient
When out of Balance: Dull, lethargic, possessive, overweight, sinus problems, slow digestion, depression