• Ayurveda

    • The science of life designed specifically to deal with the diseases of the body and the mind.
    • The ancient antidote for stress.
    • The curative and preventive measures toward optimal physical-mental health.
    • The concept that you are capable of taking charge of your own life and healing is inherent in Ayurveda.

    The word “Ayurveda” is from the ancient Indian language, Sanskrit, and literally means “Knowledge of Life”.

    Known as the mother of all medical systems, Ayurveda has undergone continuous research, development and refinement over past 5,000 years. Originally from India, Ayurveda is currently experiencing world-wide popularity as a revival sweeps in all continents.

    Ayurveda employs the judicious application of NUTRITIONAL GUIDANCE, HERBAL MEDICINES, YOGA THERAPY, MEDITATION, and many SPECIAL PURIFICATION AND REJUVENATION THERAPIES.

    Preferring to focus on the type of person who has the disease, rather than just understanding the type of disease the person has, Ayurveda is a patient-orientated system of healing.

    In Ayurveda, different people with the same disease sometimes receive different diets and herbal plans. Each person’s constitution and the imbalance found in each individual is taken into account.

    With Ayurveda, we acknowledge that beneficial daily habits are different for each person, because each person is a unique combination of the 3 fundamental biological principles, which are called “doshas”: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Everybody has all 3 energies – although people experience each of them to a lesser or greater degree.

    YOUR PERSONAL CONSTITUTION (DOSHA)
    VATA:
    The elemental forces of air and space. Movement and Nothingness.
    Qualities: Cold, Dry and Mobil.
    Divine Nature-inspiration, creativity, enthusiasm; motivation, movements inside the body.
    Examples of Imbalance-anxiety, spacey-ness, all over the place; poor circulation, constipation, dryness.
    Qualities to increase in an imbalance: Hot, Wet and Stable.

    PITTA:
    The elemental forces of Fire and a little bit of water. Heat and Direction.
    Qualities: Hot, Wet and Mobil.
    Divine Nature-discrimination, leadership, strength; circulation, digestion, clarity.
    Examples of Imbalance-anger, critical, stubborn; fevers, diarrhea, rashes.
    Qualities to increase in an imbalance: Cold, Dry and Stable.

    KAPHA:
    The elemental forces of water and earth. Stability and Flow.
    Qualities: Cold, Wet and Stable.
    Divine Nature-dependable, generous, loving; lubrication, stamina, contentment.
    Examples of Imbalance- attachment, gluttonous, lethargic; sticky, mucous, weight gain.
    Qualities to increase in an imbalance: Hot, Dry and Mobil.

    Avoid these Common Causes of Disease

    • Heated or cooked honey – Ayurveda says that when honey is heated, its complex structure breaks down to form a poisonous substance.
    • Yoghurt at night – Yoghurt is one of the two most powerful foods to create blockage in the channels of the body. At night, these channels are closed, posing a greatly increased chance of obstruction.
    • Fruit mixed with any other food – Fruits and their juice digest and metabolize very quickly. If they are mixed with other foods, like they commonly are with milk and yoghurt, nothing undergoes proper digestion and it leads to the formation of internally produced toxins.
    • Milk and fish – Due to their contradictory properties (milk is cooling while fish is heating), they should never be eaten together because of the incompatible types of digestion required.

    What is panchakarma?

    Panchakarma is the single most powerful healing process utilized in Ayurvedic medicine.  When properly applied, it can allow for you to make a giant leap forward in your health and well-being. Panchakarma is a cleansing and rejuvenation program that is utilized for the purpose of eliminating ama (toxins) and excess doshas (vital energies) from the body and mind in order to prevent and reverse disease. Ama and excess dosha can lead to disease, and by their removal, health is optimized. The strength of the body and mind is then gently restored to prevent future states of imbalance.  At the Ayurvedic Spa, we are unique in offering all three phases of classical panchakarma treatment: preparatory practices (purva karma), the main practices (pancha karma), and follow up practices (praschat karma).

    img_0643With my teachers Dr. Vivek Mohindra and Dr. Latika Verma (Prakash Deep Institute of Ayurvedic Sciences, Haridwar, India)