What the heck is Ayurveda?

Most of us have probably never even heard of this word before. If you have heard of it before maybe you’re just picturing a giant pile of turmeric or a bunch of leaves you don’t know how to use. Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of medicine. It was created over 5,000 years ago and is still practiced in most Indian households today. Ayurveda emphasis prevention over cure and uses food and selfcare as the main sources of medicine.

We all love our “me time” and we all love food so why not get to know yourself better so you can give your body exactly what it needs. Ayurveda uses the panchamahabhutas or 5 natural elements; earth, water, fire, air and ether (space). These natural elements exist inside of everything living and nonliving, and they exist inside of us! It is believed that by learning about ourselves and the levels of these elements we possess we can find daily wellbeing and prevent disease.

The 3 doshas (energies); vata, pitta and kapha are our main source of intel when it comes to who we are. Vata is the elements of air and ether, it dictates all movement in the body from from breathing and circulation to the digestion in our gastrointestinal tract aka pooping. Next we have Pitta, the elements of fire and water. Pitta controls all metabolisms of the body from our main source of digestion to the balancing of hormones. Lastly we have Kapha, the elements of earth and water. Kapha exists in our structure and lubrication of the body. Kapha rules our muscles, bones and everything that holds us all together (physically and mentally). We love you Kapha.

So now you have the base, the 3 doshas and what they control in the body. We all contain all 3 doshas in varying amounts, finding out which dosha you hold as your dominant energy is the first step. Once you’ve discovered that you’ll start to put the pieces together and understand how everything about you connects. After learning about the connection you’ll be able to educate yourself on the food and lifestyle choices that bring you to the best version of yourself.

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