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Ayurveda is an ancient system of life (ayur) knowledge (veda) arisen thousands of years ago in India. The system evolved through the deep understanding of man and life by the great rishis who undertook deep meditation and other spiritual practices. They sought to reveal the deepest truths of human physiology and health by observing the fundamentals of life and organizing the compiled information into the Vedas.

The Science has existed for over 1200 years and has greatly influenced health care practices in the east and west. Ayurveda is not a "one size fits all" system. Instead, its regimens are tailored to each person’s unique prakriti (natural constitution), taking into account his or her needs for nutrition, exercise, personal hygiene, social interaction, and other lifestyle elements.

Balancing the 3 Doshas

Each of us has a unique proportion of the 3 Doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Your Doshas are expressed through your mental, emotional and physical make up. Increasing the inherent qualities of Vata will increase Vata in your body, mind and spirit.

Ayurveda teaches us that if a Dosha increases beyond its original, natural proportion for us, it fosters an environment where disease can flourish. The most effective way to influence your Doshas are by controlling what you eat.

Vata - Dosha

Vata

(space & air)


  • Dry
  • Light
  • Cool
  • Rough
  • Subtle

Governs:

Respiration, circulation, elimination, locomotion, movement, speech, creativity, enthusiasm, and the entire nervous system


Personality:

  • Ectomorph
  • Dryness
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep Trouble
  • Bloating/Constipation

Solutions:

  • Favor warm
  • Cooked slightly oily foods
  • Spices

Increase:

  • Pungent
  • Bitter
  • Astringent tastes

Decrease:

  • Sweet
  • Sour
  • Salt
Pitta - Dosha

Pitta

(fire & water)


  • Oily
  • Sharp
  • Hot
  • Light
  • Fleshy Smelling
  • Liquid

Governs:

Transformations such as digestion and metabolism, vision, complexion, body temperature, courage, cheerfulness, intellection and discrimination


Personality:

  • Mesomorph
  • Frustration
  • Hyper-acidity
  • Anger
  • Inflammation

Solutions:

  • Favor cooling foods
  • Controlling spice intake

Increase:

  • Pungent
  • Sour
  • Salt

Decrease:

  • Sweet
  • Bitter
  • Astringent
Kapha - Dosha

Kapha

(water & earth)


  • Unctuous
  • Cool
  • Heavy
  • Slow
  • Smooth
  • Soft
  • Stable

Governs:

Growth (anabolic processes), lubrication, fluid secretions, binding, potency, patience, heaviness, fluid balance, compassion, and understanding


Personality:

  • Endomorph
  • Heavy
  • Cold
  • Dull

Solutions:

  • Eating Light Meals
  • Refrain from Heavy Foods

Increase:

  • Sweet
  • Sour
  • Salt

Decrease:

  • Pungent
  • Bitter
  • Astringent

Foods to Improve Dosha

Vata


fennel, cumin, ginger, hing, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, mustard, seeds, fenugreek & black pepper

Pitta


coriander, cilantro, fennel, mint, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper & cumin

Kapha


tea, lassi, fruit juice, thin soups, legumes, whole grains, cooked veggies & spices

Chakras

7 Chakras

According to Tantric tradition everyone has seven energy centers that serve as junction points between the body and consciousness, or between matter and the mind.

These spinning vortices, called chakras in Sanskrit, receive, assimilate and express our vital life energy. When the flow of energy in one or more of the chakras becomes blocked, we may develop physical and mental illnesses.

Click on each chakra below to learn more!

1 Muladhara - The Base Chakra

muladhara

 


This chakra is associated with the base of the spine in the tailbone area. It represents our foundation of our overall feeling of being grounded and secure. Issues that affect the Root Chakra include basic survival needs such as money and food.

2 Svadhisthana - Naval Chakra

Svadhisthana

 


This chakra is known for developing our connection and ability to understand new experiences, accept others as they are and overall change in our lives. It is located in the lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the naval. This 2nd chakra also relates to our ability to feel creative.

3 Manipura - The Third Chakra

Manipura

 


This chakra is associated with the middle of the body as well as fire, as digestion is a "fire" that must be balanced. Manipura is involved in self-esteem, warrior energy and the power of transformation enhanced by proper digestion and metabolism.

The inverted triangle with the downward pointing tip symbolizes the origin. The upwards spreading side of the triangle indicates growth and development.

4 Anahata - The Heart Chakra

Anahata

 


This "Love Wisdom" chakra is the representation of our ability to love including our past love, the quality of our current love and our future loves. It is located in the center of the chest, just above the heart. This chakra is the integration point for all seven chakras in the body.

5 Vissudha - The Throat Chakra

Vissudha

 


In this chakra, we possess the ability to communicate and share self-expression of feelings. This chakra is located in the throat. A healthy throat chakra makes our voice clear and resonates the truth.

6 Ajna - The Third Eye Chakra

Ajna

 


The Third Eye chakra contains our ability to focus on the big picture. Also known as the brow chakra, our ability to see with vision comes from this "concrete knowledge" chakra. It's located on the forehead between the eyes.

7 Sahasrara - The Crown Chakra

Sahasrara

 


This seventh and highest chakra on the body is located at the top of the head and represents our ability to be fully and deeply connected spiritually. This chakra benefits from breathing clean and fresh air and basking in sunshine.