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Ayurveda, also called Ayurvedic medicine, is a traditional system of Indian Medicine that originated in India as long as 4,000 years ago. The term is Sanskrit - Ayur = Life, Veda = Knowledge or Science. Quite simply, Ayurveda is knowledge about life!
Ayurveda aims to help us lead a life where mind, body, and spirit stay in a state of balance, with each other and with the environment.
Ayurveda believes that a disease is caused when life balance is disturbed. The restoration of that balance expels disease. This holistic healing system, therefore, does not work on the symptoms of a disease. It goes to root causes, trying to understand why an individual has lost physical, mental, or emotional balance.
The cause of each person’s imbalance is unique. This is why in Ayurveda each person needs a different line of treatment.
Ayurveda is a functional medicine, and it covers so much: from our gut health, diet, nutritional food and microbiome; to yoga practices and massage techniques; lifestyles that promote mental and physical health; our built environment and architecture; and even the planets! In short, it is a much-needed manual that you can argue is even more relevant for living in today’s life.
In the modern world, to see results in Ayurveda, apart from quick responses like massage and yoga, most of the work needs to be done by you. You need to make dietary and lifestyle changes.
Firstly and most importantly, congratulate yourself for even considering any lifestyle change. This is a huge step and we often don’t give ourselves enough credit for making it.
Secondly, go slowly. Start with just one change. This could be reducing sugar, journaling, meditation, yoga, dietary changes, simply committing to walking every day or incorporating a new herb or spice into your daily life such as ashwagandha or turmeric.
Lastly, consider using a professional for advice and help. In Ayurveda, understanding the individual and their makeup is essential. You may have heard Ayurvedic buzz words like Vata, Pitta or Kapha dropped into conversation. These are just terms that help us understand tendencies. For example, if you are enthusiastic, lean, and love new things, but can also fade to the point of exhaustion and have then forgotten what you were told, the clue could be the Vata element is high.
Ayurveda is not just old; it is ancient, which means there are wisdom and truths that are relevant today. An Ayurvedic professional is a guide to help us on the journey, helping us to understand ourselves better and to set and achieve our health goals. Each of us is a whole-being with a body, spirit, and mind, all of which deserve much more care.
Ayurveda believes that every person is made of five essential elements found in the universe: space, air, fire, water, and earth. These combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called doshas. They control how your body works. They are Vata dosha (space and air); Pitta dosha (fire and water); and Kapha dosha (water and earth).
Everyone inherits a unique mix of the three doshas. But one is usually stronger than the others. Each dosha expresses unique blends of physical, emotional, and mental characteristics, and your chances of getting sick and the health issues you develop are linked to the balance of these three doshas.
Understanding your unique dosha and the specific needs that derive from it, allows you to make optimal choices about diet, exercise, herbs, supplements, and all other aspects of your lifestyle.
To enjoy a balanced mind, body, and spirit, so the thinking goes, our unique dosha constitution needs to remain in a state of equilibrium. Your personal constitution is the starting point for all treatments. This constitution expresses itself as an individual manifestation of the three doshas (bioenergies or life forces): Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
If you would like to find out your dosha, click to view our online form.
Once you have found out your dosha, if you’d like more information please message @sixsensesspas on Facebook and we can connect you with an Ayurvedic doctor for a free Skype consultation.
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