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Ayurveda: The Philosophy, Importance of Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) and Dosha Cycles

Ayurveda: The Philosophy, Importance of Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) and Dosha Cycles

Ayurveda: The Philosophy, Importance of Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) and Dosha Cycles

Ayurveda, a holistic science of health, focuses on maintaining a physically and emotionally balanced state. It is called the “science or knowledge of life”, deriving from experiences collected over the past 5000-6000 years.

Ayurveda treats every individual as a unique entity and believes that diet or lifestyle routines are unique for each individual. Focused on prevention rather than cure, Ayurveda provides holistic advice and guidance to maintain physical and emotional health. Ayerveda believes that understanding and inculcating a lifestyle routine, that embodies the curative and replenishing powers of food, meditation and mindfulness, should be the ultimate goal.

Ayurveda: Importance of Doshas.

Ayurveda is based on the principles of three doshas. Doshas are the 3 energies that govern the body; Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

1. Vata Dosha — Energy that controls bodily functions associated with motion, including blood circulation, breathing, blinking, and your heartbeat.

2. Pitta Dosha — Energy that controls the body’s metabolic systems, including digestion, absorption, nutrition and your body’s temperature.

3. Kapha Dosha — Energy that controls growth in the body. It supplies water to all body parts, moisturizes the skin, and maintains the immune system.

Ayurveda asserts that “When we function in accordance with nature, we will function at our best”. The knowledge, of what energies are strongest at specific times of the day, will help orient ourselves with the flow of those energies, in order to achieve the perfect mind, body and soul balance.

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Manage Stress with Ayurveda

Manage Stress with Ayurveda

        Manage Stress with Ayurveda

Ayurveda attributes inability to understand our deeper inner self as one of the causes of stress. When an individual is unable to balance the real self (what we are) with the ideal self (what we desire to become) it results in stress. However the main cause of stress is the Imbalance of Doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. When an external stimuli or stressor results in erratic response (Physical or mental) it causes the imbalance of Vata. This leads to disturbance in body metabolism and enzymatic activity resulting in the imbalance of Pitta. This affects the other functions in body resulting in slowdown, heaviness, stagnation, hopelessness etc., meaning the Kapha has been Imbalanced.

Ayurveda, the science of life, mainly focuses on restoring the balance. Treatment is based on body constitution of the individual and the imbalanced doshas. Some ways to manage stress with Ayurveda   are :

Dincharaya or the daily regimen: For a healthy life it’s necessary to have regular sleep wake time. Eating healthy food keeps body healthy and provides strength to manage daily stressors like deadlines, family engagements etc.

Exercise rejuvenates body as well as mind. It strengthens muscles and builds stamina to deal with the stressors. Regular physical activity in any form like, yoga, walk, jogging, cycling etc is therapeutic. Choose age appropriate activity according to your interest. Seek the advice of a medical practitioner if needed. Yoga should be practiced under the guidance of a qualified yoga practitioner to gain maximum benefit.

Meditation has the power to soothe the troubled mind. It enables a person to calm the thought process resulting in better concentration, stress relief, normalized blood pressure and better health. Meditation slows down the breathing rate and helps in relieving stress and anxiety.

Breathing is closely related to our state of mind. When a person is relaxed and happy, breathing is calm and relaxed. When a person is anxious or stressed breathing becomes short , shallow and anxious. Thus it really helps to observe our breath. When stressed, try to slow down the breathing rate. Sit in a relaxed position and take a few long deep breaths. Feel the air coming from deep within you, deep down from your abdomen. Abdominal breathing is a good way to take short breaks to relax during a hectic busy schedule.

 Seeking professional help is always better when one feels that stress is not letting the individual lead a healthy and happy life. Identifying the stressor and eliminating the cause of stress can be achieved by undergoing professional counselingRasayana therapy and other ayurvedic medications taken with the advice of a qualified Ayurvedic Practioner have the ability to calm mind and provide relief from physical symptoms associated with stress. Ayurvedic procedures like oil application on body once a week (Abhyanga) , Pouring medicated oil on head ( Shirodhara), Oral adminstration of mixture of herbs in ghee or butter ( sneh panam) are really helpful in relaxing mind and body. This provides relief from stress.

Adopting the above mentioned guidelines ensure a reduction in tension and help in restoring the dosha imbalance leading to a relaxed mind and body. Wishing Good Health to the readers and don’t forget to BE POSITIVE WITH LIFE.

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