Ayurveda

About Ayurveda

Ayurveda views the functional aspect of the human body and mind through the lens of three bodily humors: Vata dosha controls movement in the body; Pitta dosha dominates our body’s transformative functions; and Kapha is the dosha of structure and lubrication. All three of the doshas exist within each of us, but to varying degrees. The particular combination individual to each of us makes up our constitution. Read More …

The Five Elements

A core concept in the Ayurvedic view of the body and the larger universe is the presence of the five elements which make up all matter living and nonliving. These include: Space is that in which everything exists and acts; Air is also sometimes referred to wind as it governs movement and circulation in the body; Fire plays an extremely important role in Ayurveda as it is the element of transformation; Water is called the universal solvent because of its ability to dissolve other substances and to suspend them within; and Earth element is the grossest expression of the five elements and represents stability, strength, and structure. Read More …

The Six Tastes

According to Ayurveda, there are six tastes we find in all food and medicinal substances. These tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Ayurveda uses the knowledge of the tastes to determine the medicinal action that a given substance will have within the body and how it might affect its functioning. Read More …

Dietary Guidelines

Although looking at each individual’s dietary choices is important and will vary from person to person, there are some general guidelines that are helpful in determining what is proper to eat based on the doshas. Read More …

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