What is Ayurveda
Ayurveda is often referred to as the "sister science of yoga", however I believe that they are not sisters as much as they are different faces of one entity on the Vedic path of self-healing. Ayurveda translates to "the science of life". It is a systematic approach to how, as citizens of a living earth, we may live more in tune with the cycles of our planet.
Ayurveda is based upon aligning with the natural rhythms of the earth and harmonizing with the elements as they appear within and without. Through incorporating yogic practices, lifestyle changes and routine, Marma energy points, diet, herbs, and methods of cleansing that are specific to our personal elemental make-up, we are able to live in balance in our internal and external worlds.
The complimentary approaches of Yoga and Ayurveda share roots and missions: spiritual ascension.
The five elements that are central to the Ayurvedic system are earth, water, fire, air, and ether. Each element has a different quality that shines through:
The tradition of Ayurvedic Medicine maintains that each individual has a specific constitutional make-up, created by elemental combinations known as the three Doshas. All three Doshas exist in everybody, but typically one or two are dominant in most individuals.
Vata Dosha is a mixture of Air and Ether.
Pitta Dosha is a mixture of Water and Fire.
Kapha Dosha is a mixture of Earth and Water.
We can find our dosha by pulse analysis or by taking a "Dosha Quiz."
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