Ayurveda: What was once old is new again
We live in a fast-paced complicated environment. As we try to take care, we face an overload of conflicting ideas on what we need to be healthy. Often what seems to work for others, really doesn’t work for us. The reason is simple. The complicated mechanism of our body, is unique. No body function reacts or heals in exactly the same way as another.
Ayurveda means the Science of Life or the Science of Longevity. It is a medical system that has been practised for thousands of years in India. It speaks to having a longer healthier life with a body that is in balance.
Ayurveda says that everything that exists is a combination of the five elements, Fire, Earth, Air, Water and Ether. Combinations of these elements in the human body give us three Doshas or body types: Pitta,Vayu, and Kapha. Each body contains all elements, but what makes us unique, is having our own particular proportion of Doshas. For example, I might be 35% Pitta, 17% Kapha and 48% Vayu. This would be my perfect balance for optimum health, vitality and happiness. When my personal proportions get out of balance because of internal and external changes in my life, my body will not work well. Ayurveda looks to the imbalance of the Doshas for the root of any problem.
Eastern philosophies tell us that we cannot separate mind, body and spirit. They say that our energy comes from two sources: air and food. Air, we have little choice about. But Ayurveda tells us that food and spices are important tools to affect and stabilize the ever changing proportions of our Doshas. What we eat or avoid, when we eat and how we combine foods, is powerful medicine.
As a Certified Ayurveda Yoga Therapist, I can ascertain your natural balance of Doshas and help you get a detailed plan for returning your body to that balance.
Norah Luquin Nasturas
B.Sc, R.N, M.A., CFSP, JS, AYT