Healing Self Through Ayurveda
Ayurveda is one of the oldest traditions of medicine in the world. It is the ancient healing system of India dating back over 5,000 years. Ayurveda is literally translated as the knowledge of life, and is often called the mother of all healing. Within the last decade, Ayurveda has become widely known and accepted in the United States as a method for healing of the body mind and spirit. With the potential to heal chronic diseases and imbalances in the body, Ayurveda promises a life of health, longevity and rejuvenation. Ayurveda is considered the healing side to yoga, and yoga connects the spiritual side of Ayurveda. Both Ayurveda and yoga work synergistically to bring back our true nature as spirit.
Ayurveda views health and disease as either harmonious or disharmonious. When we are in alignment with our true nature as spirit, our body can become free from disease. When we are living out of alignment is when disease can settle into all aspects of self. How we interact with our external world through our senses can be how health or disease affects the body. Ayurveda sees our sense of the body as portals to the harmonious or disharmonious states that we choose to live as. Through Ayurveda, you can learn to live in alignment with your senses to create a place of health and balance.
Your constitution is your genetic makeup that which you were born into this world with. Each person is a unique makeup of subtle elements that is determined at the moment of conception and is with you for the rest of your life. This determines wat will cause you to become out of balance. Knowing what your constitution is, is essential to developing optimal health, and living free of disease.
In the world of Ayurveda there are three words we use to help describe the inherent nature and makeup of each person's constitution and imbalances. The imbalances of your current state are referred to as a dosha. These are vata, pitta and kapha. The balance of each individual is very unique. Each dosha has a unique set of challenges and gifts. For this reason, each person's path to healing is very unique and no two paths to health are ever the same.
Vata dosha is made up of the lightest of the elements, air and ether. The qualities of vata are very light, cool, dry and always moving. Their typical body type is tall, slender and their hair and skin are typically dry. They have a tendency to speak and move quickly. When out of balance, they have troubles with digestion, constipation, dry mucous membranes, and weakness in the immune system as well as the nervous system.
These qualities are also seen within their personality. Vata personalities are vibrant, enthusiastic, creative and talkative. On the opposite spectrum, when out of balance, they can become filled with anxiety, overwhelmed, nervous and have difficulty sleeping. This most often arises when they are under stress. To bring balance back to Vata, it is important to emphasize on the opposite qualities. Enforcing more nourishment, warmth, moistness and grounding qualities can help keep vata in balance. This is done through the five senses using various therapies at Satsanga.
Pitta dosha is made up of the elements fire and water. This dosha is the warmest dosha, the qualities are hot, sharp, penetrating and moist. If the fire burns too hot in a pitta person, often times they burn up the moistness within their tissues making them dry, hot and light. The typical pitta body type tends to be warm, slight oily skin, penetrating eyes and sharp features. They tend to have excellent musculature and moderate build and weight. When they are out of balance, they have a tendency to have diarrhea, heated skin rashes, acne, eczema, liver issues, infections, and weakness in the liver, spleen and blood.
These qualities are also reflected in their personality. Pitta dominant people tend to be intense, courageous, brave, focused, competitive and capable people. When out of balance, they can become overly intense and when they speak they can have a sharp tongue. Pitta type people make great friends but fierce opponents. Often times their heated emotions can become a challenge struggling with anger, resentment and jealousy.
To bring balance to pitta, it is important to focus on the opposite inherent qualities. Pacifying the heat and possible dryness, you want to bring in cooling, nourishing and slightly moist practices through the five senses using various therapies at Satsanga.
Kapha dosha is beautifully comprised of the heaviest and coldest elements; earth and water. Kapha tends to be cold, heavy, moist, and stable. Kapha body types are typically solid, stocky, heavy, and dense. They have lustrous skin and hair, and have a low metabolism. Naturally, their body temperature tends to feel cool. Personality wise, when in balance they are very loving, devoted, compassionate and grounded individuals.
People of kapha nature handle stress with ease, it is almost as if they are unaffected by the usual stressors that affect the other body types. Kapha people are comfort seekers; this is a direct reflection of their watery nature. When out of balance, kapha individuals tend to gain weight, have feelings of depression, develop weaknesses in their lunges/sinuses and have a tendency to have excess mucous production.
To bring balance to a kapha individual, it is important to incorporate opposing qualities of warmth, movement, and dryness. This can be done through the five sense using various therapies at Satsanga.
Why choose an Ayurvedic path for health?
Having an Ayurvedic consultation done brings awareness to the individual, giving them concrete direction to help bring back balance to their body, mind and spirit. This will help them to live free from disease and live in harmony with their inherent body type. If you are already experiencing symptoms or are diagnosed with a disease, Ayurveda helps to create an optimum environment for healing to take place on a very deep level. Ayurveda will give you a great perspective of self and self-healing. Providing you with the tools to live your life happily, and healthfully.
Meeting with Ashley Christianson, Ayurvedic Practitioner-Pancha Karma Specialist, she will determine what your unique constitution is and work with you one on one to create an Ayurvedic plan specific for your individual needs. During the consultation, the nature of the imbalance will be identified. Then a specific plan is put together that includes but is not limited to: custom herbal remedies, aromatherapy, diet and life style suggestions, specific detoxifying techniques, custom yoga practices, breathing practices, mantra, mudra, and much more. These suggestions are all aimed towards prevention as medicine, creating long-term health, body, mind and spirt.