The word Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term meaning ‘science of life.’ Ayur' means ‘life’ or ‘daily living’ and Veda is ‘knowledge’ (science), it addresses all aspects of life, including consciousness/mind, physiology, behaviour, and environment.
Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world's oldest holistic “whole-body” healing systems, originated in the ancient Vedic times of India more than 5,000 years ago . It stems from the ancient Vedic culture and was taught for many thousands of years in an oral tradition from accomplished masters to their disciples and some of this knowledge was set to print a few thousand years ago, but much of it is inaccessible.
Ayurveda an holistic approach
Ayurveda recognises that seasons have a profound effect on health and that different seasons affect people differently. An individual's constitution and the seasons are intimately related. Health is affected by the qualities of the climate; the inner world is influenced by the outer environment.
Ayurveda believe every person is made of five basic elements found in the universe: space, air, fire, water, and earth and have a unique constitution of them. These combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called doshas.
We are all born with a particular Prakruti or nature, which means we have a specific and unique dosha balance since birth. We all contain a mixture of the three doshas, vata, pitta and kapha most of us showing dominant signs of one or two doshas.One's Dosha is determined based on physical, emotional, mental, and behavioural characteristics.
Knowing your Dosha will help you determine the best lifestyle choices, nutrition and skincare that will offer optimal wellness for your mind, body, and spirit.
Vata consists mainly of the two elements, air and space (also known as ether), and generally described as cold, light, dry, rough, flowing, and spacious.
Vata personality are slim, energetic, and creative
Known for being associated with a tenacious personality, the pitta dosha is based on fire and water.
It’s commonly described as hot, light, sharp, oily, liquid, and mobile. Summer is known as pitta season for its sunny, hot days.
Kapha dosha is based on earth and water. It can be described as steady, stable, heavy, slow, cold, and soft.
Spring is known as kapha season, as many parts of the world slowly exit hibernation.