Ayurveda means knowledge of life and derives from India. It is a health system and a way to look upon life from the time we are born until we die. We look at the whole person; body mind and soul in Ayurveda. We believe everything is interconnected so everything in our environment, the universe and us as human beings belong together and has a context.
The goal in Ayurveda is to support us in finding our balance and thus our health. The purpose is to assist us in our balance in relation to ourselves and to life as a whole.
The most known part of ayurveda (in the western world) is the so-called tridosha theory, it is a theory that describes three dynamic forces/energies called dosha. In this theory we seek to describes the unique constitution of the individual and her connection to everything else around. In Sanskrit each dosha is translated to Vata Pitta and Kapha. In us humans, Vata, Pitta and Kapha are each responsible for various physiological and psychological functions. We all have our own unique composition; a combination that is determined before we are born. All three doshas are always present, but usually one or two is dominant within us.
Movement energy. Responsible for all movements in body and mind.
Vata represent the air and ether element and belongs to autumn and winter. In our body Vata is responsible for the nervous system, hearing (ears) and our colon
Most Common Qualities of a Vata is to be:
Dry – Skin, Hair and Colon affecting our defecation (tendency to constipation)
Cold – Body temperature, fingers and feet affecting muscles and joints (stiffness, ache)
Irregular – Sleep, Workout, Communication, Thoughts, Energy, Mood & Endurance etc
Quick and Light – In thought and movement
Creative and Enthusiastic – In everything both for ourselves and others
Tendency to worry or feel anxious
Learns easy but forgets fast
Transformation energy. Responsible for all transformation in body and mind.
Pitta represents the water and fire element, with fire being over represented and belongs to summer. In our body Pitta is responsible for intestine, liver and eyes (sight inward and outward)
Most Common Qualities of Pitta is to be:
Warm/Hot – Body temperature, intestine affecting digestion (tendency to loose bowel)
Sharp – In though and everything they encounter affecting life in general (tendency to over achieve)
Fast and Effective- In movement and thought
Steady – In body and mind
Tendency to anger and irritation
Good memory and likes a challenge
Does not like to hot of a weather
Structure energy. Responsible for all structure and cohesion in body and mind.
Kapha represents the earth and water element and belongs to spring. In our body Kapha is responsible for stomach, nose, lungs and everything respiratory
Most Common Qualities of Kapha is to be:
Heavy – Mind and Body
Slow and Dull – In movement, thought and all process, stomach affecting both life, progress and digestion (tendency to mucus and constipation)
Cold – Body temperature, fingers and feet can feel humid
Calm – In mind and personality
Tendency to sadness, apathy
Learns slow but remembers forever
Does not like humid and cold weather
Remember, no dosha is better than the other. They all serve us in different parts of our life. Instead try looking at yourself and the life you live from the three doshas to help you understand yourself and others better. Eventually it will help you create and maintain balance whatever life brings to your plate.
Jasmin Hedlund is an Authorized Ayurvedic Health Advisor and Certified Ayurvedic Massage Therapist through The Ayurvedic Academy of Scandinavia. She is also passionate about Ashtanga Yoga and, from Balearic Retreats, we are really happy to start collaborating with her during this summer´s retreats.
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