The word “Ayurveda” literally means “Knowledge of Life” (translated from Sanskrit). This about 5000 year old method of treatment originates from India. The point of Ayurveda is to balance the mind, spirit and body and live in harmony with nature.
Ayurveda is the oldest wellness program on the planet. It is natural medicine. Many claim that Ayurveda was the base for Greek medicine. Natural medicine that lasts 5000 years – it certainly has value.
We balance mind, spirit and body when we apply Ayurveda knowledge in everyday life. We live a life in harmony with nature in and around us. We create the conditions for realizing our full personal potential. Ayurveda is the knowledge of disease prevention and a complete medical science that provides solutions for self-healing from all diseases. Ayurveda teaches how to achieve a harmonious, happy and balanced Life by following nature and the laws of nature. Every living being is a copy of the Universe in small – according to Ayurveda. Everything that is in the human body is in the universe, and vice versa.
Everything in nature is created from five basic elements: Ether (empty space), Air, Fire, Water and Earth. By combining these five elements, three DOSHEs (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) are created. These are the three driving principles that are the cause and consequence of everything that happens in and around the body. Each of us is a unique creation of all three doshas that shape human nature and personality. These 3 basic life energies are the basis for all human bodily and mental patterns: VATA (Wind), PITTA (Fire) and KAPHA (Earth). They cause disease when they are out of balance. We received our primordial nature and bodily constitution by birth. According to Ayurveda it is called PRAKRUTI. The unique ratio of these energies is given at the time of conception. It remains the same throughout Life. It determines what is in harmony with the nature of each individual, and what potentially causes imbalance and disease.
Every man is unique and the rules are different for every man. Knowledge of one’s own constitution, real nature (or PRAKRUTI) is the basis for the development of the health of each individual. Your PRAKRUTI (real nature) determines how you react to certain foods, colors, flavors, and generally everything in life.
Characteristics of Dosha in balance
If VATA (Air + Ether) dominates your nature, your body is slender, light, and by nature you are creative, playful, energetic, enthusiastic, fun, but also easily vulnerable. Vata people have a lot of friends and love change. PITTA (Fire + Water) manages ambitions and passions. Pitta people are good leaders, speakers and great managers, very organized, goal oriented and self-aware. Other Pitta skills include intelligence, courage, focus, discipline. Pitta people are warm (often fiery). They have a medium build. If KAPHA (Earth + Water) is dominant, the person is stable, fairly large physique. These are calm, gentle, compassionate people, full of love and understanding. Each individual is created from all three doshas. In most cases, the two are dominant.
Characteristics of Dosha in imbalance
For each Dosha and each Element, there is a state of balance and imbalance. The imbalance is called VIKRUTI according to Ayurveda. Vata dosha needs to be balanced if you feel distracted and afraid when a person is under stress, forgetful, if your throat and lips are very dry, you have insomnia and you can’t sleep at all. When the Vata dosha is out of balance, pain, nervousness, hyperactivity, superficiality, constipation, problems with focusing are felt. People with an unbalanced Pitta dosha may experience fever, inflammation, anger, jealousy, criticism, irritation. Pitta’s imbalance is inflammatory processes (like arthritis, allergies and all other inflammations), strong symptoms of menopause. People whose Pitta dosha is out of balance are often nervous, critical and irritated when they are under stress. They are constantly hot, even when everyone around them is cold. Kapha Dosha’s imbalance is characterized by stubbornness, attachment to anyone or anything, lethargy, slowness, depression, desire to control everything around them, obesity.
4 ways to introduce Ayurveda into everyday life
The goal is to balance the doshas. This prevents or stops the disease. Western medicine treats the symptoms. Ayurveda works on the opposite principle. Ayurveda’s goal is to cure the root, that is, the cause of the disease. Ayurveda offers many ways to return the body to balance: a balanced healthy diet, herbal preparations and oils, massage, meditation, breathing techniques, aromatherapy, sound and color therapy.
When it is difficult to raise your mood, motivation and energy level on short winter days, try using bottles with fragrant molecules (essential oils). The essential oils of citrus (especially orange, lemon and grapefruit), rosemary and mint relieve fatigue, strengthen concentration and a sense of vitality.
Applying Ayurveda tips in everyday life (self-massages with healing oils and similar small rituals) will make you a big step for yourself and your health.
- In the morning on an empty stomach drink some hot beverage (hot water or tea) to warm the digestive system (even before drinking the first morning coffee).
- For breakfast, choose a warm and soft meal (oatmeal)
- The interval between each meal should be about 6 hours.
- Drink small sips of water every 20 minutes for better digestion.