The Science of Ayurveda

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda translates literally to "The Science of Life." It is a 5,000 year-old sister science to Yoga, encompassing the physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the individual. This brilliant, ancient system uses herbs, proper food combining, essential oils, and a harmonic lifestyle approach in a customized manner to match each person's needs.

What are the Doshas?

The doshas are known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These are the three basic biochemical compositions of the individual. Some people can be predominantly one dosha, or more than one in unique combinations.


                                 Vata Dosha: Made of Air & Ether

                                 Pitta Dosha: Made of Fire & Water

                                 Kapha Dosha: Made of Earth & Water

What is Ayurvedic Theory?

While it is hard to simply define the vastly intricate universe that compiles the system of Ayurveda, the basic theory of Ayurveda states that: True health exists when there is a balance between the three  doshas. Vata, Pitta and Kapha respectively govern the digestive system, which translates to the overall health of the entire body. The entire system is symbiotic in nature, meaning that an imbalance anywhere will eventually relocate and manifest in dis-ease somewhere else in the body. Health starts in the digestive system!

Who can benefit from Ayurveda?

Ayurveda can alleviate many forms of disease by addressing diet, lifestyle, state of mind, stress levels, and physical activity. Here are a few examples:


                          Stress/Anxiety/Insomnia

                          Digestive complaints (gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea)

                          Skin Issues (eczema, psoriasis, dry/flaky, rash, oily)

                          Cognitive Issues: Brain fog, nervine tonics or sedatives

                          Prenatal/Postnatal Care

                          Pediatric diet/supplementation

                         Asthma

                         Obesity

                         Detox

                         And so much more!


Tenets of Ayurveda: Agni & Ojas

Agni: Kindle your digestive fire

  

Digestion is the single most important factor for good health.


If your digestion is too strong, variable, or not strong enough, you may not be benefitting fully from your diet. Faulty digestion creates ama, or toxicity within the body. Ama contributes to diseases ranging from fatigue to serious chronic conditions.


Agni: translates to digestive fire, the ability to transform food substances into nutrients for the various systems in the body.


Pitta is the agni, or digestive fire

Anabolism: Building new tissue from nutrients

Catabolism: Breakdown of substance into smaller forms


Through the lens of Ayurveda, we will explore the qualities of your constitution and your digestion. Whether your digestive fire needs strengthening, reducing, or balancing, Ayurvedic digestive spices can help restore your system to optimum functioning by addressing these factors.

Ojas: Your immunity & vitality

  

Ojas is the energetic endurance which nourishes the tissues. It is immunity, energy levels, vitality, and libido. This is the immune system, cell health, the positive force of stability for the entire body. It is also the structural support of the emotional and psychological aspects of being. It gives the tissues, mind, emotions, and spirit strength and endurance. 


Having low ojas is akin to feeling very low on energy, burnt out, low libido, stressed easily, exhausted, fatigued, anxious, or being prone to sickness. 


Having a balanced amount of ojas lends more energy for life and creativity. It is strong immunity and an overall sense of vitality. 


According to the traditions of Ayurveda, ojas is our life force energy. By living a balanced life in harmony with our constitution and maintaining agni or digestive fire, one can feel empowered, healthy and strong in daily life. There are many paths to nurturing ojas, and they will be discovered through your constitution and personal care plan over time coupled with dedication and compassion.

Introduction to Ayurveda

A great overview of the holistic scientific system of Ayurvedic medicine. Presented by Dr. Marc Halpern, founder of the California College of Ayurveda in Nevada City, CA.