Are you Air, Fire or Water? Which element are you?
What can nature tell you about your own unique nature?
Ayurveda is commonly described as the “Science of Life and Longevity.” It is considered the sister science of Yoga as they share many of the same philosophical principles and healing tools.
The Five Elements of Ether, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth, their interactions, fluctuations and rhythms, and impact on the body and to the mind are fundamental to Ayurvedic theory. These elements combine to make three bio-energies, called Doshas: Vata, Pitta, Kapha.
Every person has all of the elements and therefore all of the doshas, but everyone has these elements and energies in proportions that are unique to each individual. The goal of Ayurveda is to re-establish and maintain a person’s natural doshic balance so their own unique nature is supported, enhanced, celebrated, fulfilled.
How to use this Blog for your Dosha
While this blog is designed to be relevant to everyone, each recipe has a dosha it targets to balance, reduce or pacify. To find recipes for you, type your dosha in the search box, or scroll down to see the “tag cloud” in the right column and click on the dosha of interest.
Since each season has a related dosha, it will benefit you to read about eating seasonally. You might even recognize yourself in the description of the seasons, or notice that there is one season in particular when you feel it’s more of a challenge for you to stay in balance. Spring is Kapha, Summer is Pitta, Autumn is Vata and Winter is Vata/Kapha.
I’ve organized recipes and articles by season, so once you know your season, you can do a search to find what works best for you. But, remember: the general guideline is to eat seasonally, and most of us can stay in balance simply by aligning with the rhythms of time and nature.
Mostly, we should eat according to the season, just tweaking or leaning in the direction of our Dosha when we feel out of balance. I hope that helps. If you have questions, or comments, visit our page on Facebook and post it there, so we can share the wisdom.
Photo Credits: First and Third :: Margo Carrera Fine Art
How to tailor your Ayurvedic lifestyle to really suit your needs
“Understanding Ayurveda has helped me understand my family’s unique and individual personal dynamics in a way that has utterly transformed our family life. Where it was once chaotic and overwhelming, it nows feels peaceful and nourishing. We are, at last, a happy family. Thank you, Laura!” ~ Colleen
Ayurveda is a complete wellness system, supporting self awareness and self care. The effective application of Ayurveda leads to the empowerment of individuals to lead healthy, joyful, productive lives. Now that you know your Dosha, would you like to learn how to tailor a wellness plan specifically for you? Learning about yourself through Ayurvedic Consultations can help you realize your goals, and your dreams.
Thank you Margot Carrera of Margo Carrera Fine Art for the collage collaboration!