Ayurveda is the ancient healing system of India dating back more than
According to the Vedic texts, where there is life, there is prana. The word prana means the breath of Purusha or the breath of life in general. Equivalent to the Chinese concept of chi, prana is the fundamental lifeforce or energy that animates all things. It is an extremely subtle energy, which Hindus believe can only be experienced directly during states of deep meditation.
The three Vedic disciplines of Yoga, Ayurveda and Vastu (an ancient spiritual science of architecture) are all based upon this understanding of prana. Both Ayurveda and yoga enable practitioners to harmonise their physical and mental being with the natural balance of the cosmos. Vastu works to protect the harmony between body, mind and universe by creating spaces that are attuned to the cosmic balance and oriented according to the movement of the sun, the electromagnetic field of the Earth and to the five elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether).
These five elements are also found in the mind-body types of Ayurveda, the “doshas” Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Doshas express unique blends of physical, mental and emotional characteristics.
|Vata||Air + Ether|
|Pitta||Fire + Water|
|Kapha||Water + Earth|
The concept of constitution (prakruti in Sanskrit) is the main framework and the very heart of Ayurveda. Everyone has some combination of these principles in their makeup, but your own prakruti is a guide to discovering the foods and lifestyle that will balance you.
Most people have a prakruti of one of seven combinations of vata, pitta and kapha depending on the proportions of dosha;
- Vata-Pitta-Kapha (Tridoshic)
You may well have a varying degree of each dosha. For example, you may be mostly kapha with a secondary characteristic of pitta and a small amount of vata. In Ayurveda this would be written V1P2K3. A person might be equal pitta and kapha, but have a small amount of vata, this would be written V1P3K3.
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Learning about your constitution is a great way to refine food choices and lifestyle habits to best suit your own unique needs.
Ayurveda also emphasises that the key to wellbeing is good digestion. This is not only affected by the food we eat, but also the manner and atmosphere in which we eat it. Read more about this in my blog A General Guide to Eating Habits.
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