Ayurveda describes three fundamental energies that govern our inner and outer environments:movement, transformation, and structure. Known in Sanskrit as Vata (Wind), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha (Earth), these primary forces, called Doshas, are responsible for the characteristics of our mind and body. Each of us has a unique proportion of these three forces and which shapes our personality.
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If Vata is dominant in our system, we tend to be thin, light, enthusiastic, energetic, and changeable. If Pitta predominates in our nature, we tend to be intense, intelligent, and goal-oriented and have a strong appetite for life. When Kapha prevails, we tend to be easy-going, methodical, and nurturing. Although each of us has all three forces, most people have one or sometimes two elements that predominate.
Now for each of the Doshas, there is a balanced and imbalance expression.
With Vata balance, the person is lively and creative, but when there is too much movement in the system resulting in Vata imbalance, the person tends to experience anxiety, insomnia, dry skin, constipation, and difficulty focusing.
With Pitta balance, the individual is warm, friendly, disciplined, a good leader, and a good speaker. But when there is a Pitta imbalance, the same individual tends to be compulsive and irritable and may suffer from indigestion or an inflammatory condition.
A Kapha balance results in a sweet, supportive, and stable person, while a Kapha imbalance Kapha person experiences sluggishness, weight gain, and sinus congestion.
An important goal of Ayurvedic based diet is to identify a person’s ideal state of balance, determine where they are out of balance, and offer interventions using diet, herbs, aromatherapy, massage treatments, music, and meditation to reestablish balance.
So go ahead, let the ayurvedic way of life become a part of your life... Live Prakratik.