Ayurveda

An Ancient, Holistic Healing System of Medicine

Ayurveda is the traditional system of medicine which originated from India over 5000 years ago.

Watch this video to learn more about Ayurveda and how I support you with the Ayurveda assessment and wellbeing programs.

Ayurveda is a health model that provides the knowledge of how to live your life in harmony with the world around you.

Creating Health & Harmony registrationAyurveda provides a holistic approach to create balance on all levels of body, mind and energy/spirit which translates into a healthy body, mind and fulfilled life. Balance and health in the body in connected to how you live in the world – through your beliefs, thoughts, and feelings which lead to your actions.

When your actions and habits are in harmony with your inner core self and the rhythms of nature, health and balance is enjoyed.

When out of harmony with your inner self and the outer world, disease is created. Ayurveda, then, assists in developing greater harmony with your environment through all of your senses.

Ayurveda uses a unique energetic model

The model looks at everything in the world and your body through the five elements (earth, water, fire, air and ether) and three primary life forces called the Doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha).

Each of the elements and the doshas have certain characteristics and energetics that not only allow you to recognize them, but also know what creates balance and imbalance within them.

It is in balancing the Doshas that the roots of the disease are cut off and you can live in health and harmony.

The basic rule in Ayurevedic healing is that whatever you can do yourself to improve your own health is more effective in the long run than what another person can do for you.

Using this knowledge of the energetics of life, Ayurveda then has the ability to help you as an individual walk your unique path of balance and health.

And the fundamental treatment for the Doshas is not something clinical done by a practitioner but rather it is your own right living methods – in other words, the self-care you give yourself on a daily basis.

Ayurveda assists you in journeying back to a more optimal state of health by balancing the five elements in the body and mind using a variety of tools including:

  • using food as medicine
  • herbs
  • body and sense therapies (home and professional offerings)
  • exercise
  • pranayama or the conscious use of breath
  • mantra or sound
  • colors therapy
  • aromatherapy
  • meditation
  • lifestyle modifications
  • cleansing and rejuvenative protocols

Ayurveda is…

Many of your seemingly separate symptoms are actually linked to core root imbalances.  Ayurveda sees these roots as the Doshas – core life energies.

While you might think the symptoms which are disrupting your life and causing pain and discomfort are the problem, they are actually just the cues that there is a deeper issue.

By working at the root level, Ayurveda provides faster and comprehensive shifts in your wellbeing with overall less effort.  

It is in balancing the Doshas that the roots of the disease are cut off and you can enjoy greater health and harmony.

This is a health investment that not only provides effective relief of your symptoms, it also gives you the tools to provide ongoing wellness care for yourself – an empowering process to become your own Self expert.

Your short-term investment yields ongoing long-term results by giving you information  about how to make the appropriate shifts to heal and maintain optimal health.

Prevention and maintaining health is easier and less costly than addressing conditions and imbalances that have built up to chronic and entrenched patterns.

This Sanskrit word is translated as “the science of life” from the roots “Ayur” meaning life and “Veda” meaning knowledge.

Ayurveda is a health model that is focused on YOUR UNIQUE WELLNESS.  Instead of simply treating disease, this system supports what you as an individual need to live a long and healthy life.

Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, this concise system accounts for individual differences and needs in terms of re-balancing plans, as well as how the fluctuating external factors such as your food, the weather and seasons, changes in life stress are affecting you.   

Ayurveda is the oldest recognized form of healing and, as such, is called the “mother of all healing.”

Dating back 5,000 years, this ancient science and technology is recognized as the oldest healing system with time tested principles and treatments.

You do not have to worry about constantly changing messages on food, exercise or health that leave you feeling more confused.

Instead you can trust in the results that have been effectively shown and lived throughout the centuries all over the world.

Your Constitution

In Ayurveda, your core nature is called your constitution or prakrti and is your unique blend of the three doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

You have all of these doshas but in a unique balance which was determined at the moment of conception and is what makes you YOU – your physical characteristics, mental patterns, and personality traits.

The different individual constitution also means that each individual has his or her own special set of challenges and gifts in life. The unique nature of each individual is the reason no two wellbeing programs are identical – each person’s path to optimal health is unique.

You constitutional ratio of the doshas represents your state of optimal wellbeing. Therefore, knowledge of your constitution is essential to living in optimal health.

Because the doshas are continually fluctuating due to the environment around you and what you take in from the world – through food, sensory input, experiences, emotions, and through the skin – the doshas may not be lined up with your constitutional balance. When this happens, you are in a state of IMBALANCE, whether small or large, and will experience symptoms.

Beyond the physical body, Ayurveda strives to help you live to your fullest potential including spiritually. Being the sister science to Yoga, both disciplines work to re-connect you to your true universal nature through direct life experience. Together, they provide a holistic approach to your total health – body, the mind, and the spirit.

Dominant Single Dosha

  • Dominant Vata
  • Dominant Pitta
  • Dominant Kapha

Dual Dosha

  • Pitta-Kapha, Kapha-Pitta
  • Vata-Pitta, Pitta-Vata
  • Vata-Kapha, Kapha-Vata

Tri-Dosha

  • Fairly even blend of all Vata-Pitta-Kapha

Vata Dosha

Nature of Vata = Air + Ether

The Vata dosha is made up of the air and ether elements and like these elements, Vata is characterized and recognized by qualities that are dry, light, cold, mobile or agitated, rough, flowing, clear and subtle.

 

To restore balance to vata, programs emphasize the opposing qualities of their nature such as warm, heavy (nourishing), moist and stable/grounding.

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A person of vata nature will physically reflect these qualities through a slender body frame with prominent joints, delicate, dry skin, and dry often curly/kinky hair.

Personality-wise, they will be quick in thought, speech and action but also tend to forget quickly and move onto new activities quickly – flitting like the wind.

They are comfortable with change and instead have a harder time with schedules and structures though these are very important to help ground them.

They are light sleepers and will lean towards insomnia when out of balance.

They are often cold and as such gravitate towards warm environments, usually being the first one to put on extra layers of clothing.

Creativity and enthusiasm are hallmarks of balanced vata.

Factors that can cause vata dosha to increase include a diet that contains too many dry, cold, light or raw foods, over-consumption of ice-cold beverages, exposure to cold dry winds, a variable daily routine, too much travel, mental overexertion, excess movement, excess electronic usage, and excess sensory stimulation.

When out of balance, people will vata constitutions or imbalances may lose weight, become constipated and get dry skin condition, have weakness in their immune and nervous systems, have pain conditions, and experience insecurity, worry, fear and anxiety.

 

Signs that vata is out of balance:

  • You are constantly worried, anxious, overwhelmed, fretful
  • You feel tired but find yourself unable to slow down and relax
  • You find it difficult to settle down and fall asleep and your sleep is restless when you do
  • Your skin feels dryer than usual, stretched taut or flaking
  • Your hair is more brittle, with split ends happening oftener
  • Your lips are raw and chapped and your throat constantly dry
  • You experience abdominal gas and your bowel movements occur less than once daily
  • You feel like you cannot sit still, that you need to be constantly moving
  • You feel “spaced out”, it is harder to remember things, and have trouble focusing

Pitta Dosha

Nature of Pitta = Fire + Water

The Pitta dosha is made up primarily of the fire and water elements and like these elements, Pitta is characterized and recognized by qualities that are hot, slightly moist or oily, sharp, light, liquid, spreading/penetrating, and subtle.

 

To restore balance to pitta, programs are designed to emphasize the opposing qualities such as cool, heavy (nourishing), soft and slightly dry.

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Physically, people of pitta natures tend to be of medium proportions, have warm, ruddy or fair skin which may be sensitive and fine hair that tends towards premature graying or thinning.

Mentally, they are sharp, able to digest information well, and determined in thought, speech and action. They are orderly, precise and organized people with a strong ability to lead and get things done.

They are competitive and ambitious, are moderate sleepers, and, since warm, gravitate towards cooler environments.

Healthy self-confidence and an entrepreneurial spirit are hallmarks of balanced pitta.

Factors that can cause pitta dosha to increase include a diet that contains too many hot or spicy, sour or fried foods, over-exposure to the sun or to hot temperatures, conflict and excess exposure to heated situations or emotions, and too much intensity and/or competition in life.

When out of balance, pitta will create fevers, burning sensations, excess hunger and thirst, inflammation, and heated emotions like resentment, jealousy, irritation anger.

 

Signs that pitta is out of balance:

  • You are constantly critical, impatient, irritable
  • You feel obsessed by work or a project, unable to stop for a break
  • You wake up in the very early hours of the morning and then find it difficult to get back to sleep
  • Your skin feels irritated or more sensitive than usual, breaking out or feeling inflamed
  • Your hair falls out when you shampoo or comb it
  • You have problems with heartburn or excess stomach acid
  • Your tolerance of other people or provoking situations is lower than usual
  • You have temper outbursts over minor aggravations or often feel frustrated
  • You feel hot even when you are indoors, feel thirsty all the time, and your eyes are red
  • Your speech is often biting and sarcastic and you find yourself getting into arguments easily

Kapha Dosha

Nature of Kapha = Earth + Water

Kapha is made up primarily of the water and earth elements and like these elements, Kapha is characterized and recognized by qualities of heavy, moist or oily, cool, stable, soft, slimy, dense, sticky/cloudy, gross, and dull/slow.

 

To restore balance to kapha, programs are designed to emphasize the opposing qualities such as warm, light, dry, and mobile.

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People with more kapha in their nature tend to be of larger proportions, with a stockier frame, thick smooth skin that may be oily, and thick, lustrous, wavy hair.

They are stable and calm in thought, speech and action, and are easy-going, patient and supportive in relationships. They are very loyal and make good friends.

They are long, heavy sleepers and have a tendency to oversleep and become lethargic out of balance. Damp, clammy environments and spring weather create discomfort.

Calm, contented, and compassionate are hallmarks of balanced Kapha.

Factors that can create imbalance in kapha include a diet that contains too many deep-fried, sweet or heavy foods like meat, processed wheat products and dairy foods; over-consumption of ice-cold foods or beverages, exposure to cold and damp conditions, daytime sleep, and not enough regular exercise and/or mental stimulation.

When kapha is out of balance, symptoms and conditions such as swelling, mucous congestion, excess weight, nausea and loss of appetite, and sluggishness, depression and lethargy result.

Signs that kapha is out of balance:

  • You gain weight easily even though you feel like you don’t really have an appetite
  • You feel tired even though you are not performing any physical activity
  • You find it difficult to wake even after long hours of sleep and wake up feeling un-refreshed and tired
  • Your skin is feeling oilier than usual, with breakouts
  • Your hair is oily even with regular shampooing
  • You are heavy and congested in your throat, head and chest
  • Your digestion is slow leaving you feeling heavy and lethargic after a meal
  • You feel like you just want to sit and be a spectator
  • You feel withdrawn, find it difficult to deal with change, or constantly feel the need to “cling”
  • You feel mentally unmotivated

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