What is Ayurveda?
The word Ayurveda is Sanskrit for science of life and this is legit the best way to describe it. Its a 5,000 year old practice that focuses on bringing the body into full alignment to promote self-healing. So the focus is looking at the entire person not just the ailments or symptoms, but the root as well. The belief is that everything in the universe is composed of 5 elements : Fire, Water, Air, Earth, and Space. These 5 elements combine to create 3 bio-physical forces called Doshas.
The Doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
When the Doshas are in complete balance the person is in great health mental, emotional and physical.
Doshas Body Types
If Vata becomes imbalanced in your mind-body system, your activity will start to feel out of control. Your mind may race, contributing to anxiety and insomnia. You may start skipping meals, resulting in unintended weight loss, and your digestion may become irregular. If you notice these early symptoms of a Vata imbalance, slow down, take time to meditate, don’t skip meals, and get to bed earlier. A regular lifestyle routine helps ground Vata so you are not carried away into the ethers.
When Pitta becomes imbalanced, heat begins to rise in the body and mind. Heartburn, ulcers, hypertension, and inflammatory conditions reflect excessive accumulation of the fire element. On the level of emotions, too much Pitta manifests as irritability and anger. These symptoms are signals to “chill.” Stop packing in too many things to do in too little time. Reduce your competitive activities, spend time in the inner quiet of meditation,and go for a walk in a natural setting that is soothing and cooling.
When Kapha becomes imbalanced, however, it can manifest in your body as excess weight gain, fluid retention, and allergies. On the level of the mind, excess Kapha can lead to resistance to change and stubbornness. If you have a Kapha imbalance, you will tend to hold on to things, jobs, habits, and relationships long after they are no longer nourishing or necessary. To lighten the heaviness of Kapha, be sure to get regular physical exercise. Eat light, spicy foods, and give away things you have been accumulating that you know you’ll never use.
Here is list of morning ritual that would be a great start to get your body into alignment and balance.
Here is some simple Ayurvedic breakfast ideas https://blog.apothecary7.com/ayurvedic-breakfast-recipes/
Now because this is a topic that has way too much information for 1 post I’ll make posts on Ayurvedic lifestyle at least once a week