a little on ayurveda
Ayurveda is the OG mind / body / spirit medicine.
Ayurveda is considered the oldest continuously practiced form of medicine in the world. This traditional system of medicine dates back over 5,000 years, originating from ancient texts of India called the Vedas.
The word 'Ayurveda' can be broken up into two parts: Ayus, meaning LIFE, and Veda, meaning STUDY, SCIENCE, KNOWLEDGE or WISDOM. And in Ayurveda, that is what we do. Study life.
Ayurveda states everything in the universe is made up of five elements - ether (space), air, fire, water and earth.
The elements combine to form the DOSHAS, three bioenergetic principles that have specific qualities based on the elements that compose them.
We all have our own unique dosha profile, called our 'constitution'. The doshas are reflected in our unique physical appearance, our unique mental and emotional worlds. The doshas reflect the ways we express ourselves, thinking, speaking, and viewing the world!
VATA DOSHA (Ether & Air): meaning "that which moves" - Vata may appear as someone who has a thin frame, light and creative mind, rough + dry skin, nails, hair, quick mover. Prone to anxiety, ADHD, and digestive disorders.
PITTA DOSHA (Fire & Water): meaning "that which transforms" - Pitta may appear as an someone who is medium build, alpha, motivator, intelligent, sharp, red cheeks. Prone to anger, criticism and inflammation.
KAPHA DOSHA (Earth & Water): meaning "that which holds together" - Kapha may appear as someone with more cushion, slow moving and slow talking, comforting, steady, grounded. Prone to stubbornness, depression and stagnation of energy in the body.
In Ayurveda, balance in the doshas is found again through awareness. Awareness in the qualities of food we eat, the type of lifestyle we lead, and the nature of relationships we keep.
It is a fully integrated form of medicine that seeks healing through introduction of recognizing ourselves truly as a part of nature. Through reduction of toxicity, distractions and corruption found in today’s society, we can re-establish the "truth of our lives".