Ayurveda and Yoga complement one another.
Ayurveda focuses on the purification of the body, and Yoga focuses on the purification of the mind, but they are both holistic practices which enhance body, mind, and spirit.
Ayurveda translates to life science. It offers guidance for a holistic lifestyle which can only lead to a healthy body and mind.
Involves a comprehensive questionnaire. An in-depth exploration into your history, specifically your physical, mental, and emotional history from as far back as you can remember. It also involves an inspection of the tongue, eyes, nails and pulse to get an idea of your current state of health.
An Ayurvedic consultation is used to find the patients’ Prakruti, which is the natural constitution of the patient when he or she is in good health. To know your Prakruti is to know your weaknesses and your strengths. When there is an imbalance, you are no longer in the natural state of Prakruti; you are now experiencing Vikruti. Vikruti is the state of imbalance which occurs when you are eating food or living in a way that is not good for your Prakruti.
An Ayurvedic consultation provides you with an understanding of your specific constitution. Everyone has a unique constitution. What may strengthen one person, may weaken another. Therefore, prescribing the same standard diet and lifestyle to everyone, makes no logical sense. Knowing your specific constitution, will not only keep you healthy, but it will also lead to an intuitive understanding of your true strengths and weaknesses. This knowledge is crucial to our quality of life, especially as we age.
Your constitution is made up of the three Doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
· Vata (air) is energy in motion. It governs all the activity in the universe including all those that take place within the body; from the motion of electrons spiraling around a nucleus, to nerve impulses, to blood flow, to exhalation and inhalation, to walking and talking.
· Pitta (fire) is the energy of transformation. In the human body it’s responsible for all metabolic processes: digestion, absorption, and assimilation. Pitta is also responsible for maintaining body temperature.
· Kapha (matter) is the matter and fluids that make up the entire human body. It is responsible for the strength in our bones and muscles, as well as the flexibility in our joints.
These three Doshas, working together, are responsible for every action that takes place from the atomic level to the galactic level, and everything in between.
Even though the Doshas are well balanced in every atom of our body, they may not be balanced in us as a whole. Every person has a unique Prakruti which consists of a certain amount of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. In most people one or two of these Doshas will remain the most influential throughout their lives, and the third may not be as noticeable.