Updated: Oct 29, 2020
AyurveDAAAH Brenda. Never heard of this word before? Don't even know how to pronounce it? Don't worry, we will clear that up for you. And be prepared my friend, because your outlook on both your body and your mind might be changed for-EVEEEER...
WHAT IS AYURVEDA EXACTLY & WHY IS IT A GOODY?
Ayurveda is the traditional natural medicine of India dating over five thousand years. It literally means 'The Science of Life'.
'AYU': Refers to all aspects of Life from birth to death, and all aspects of our nature from body to immortal spirit. It is the continuity & harmony between all that we are and all that we wish to be.
'VEDA': Means Knowledge or Learning at the deepest level the wisdom of this conscious universe that we can cognise within ourselves and in our own lives.
Ayurveda is therefore the science by which life in its totality is understood. It is said to be The Mother of all Healing.
Ayurveda shows how our own individual constitution & diseases tendencies reflect the forces of nature. It is simply based upon the observation of living beings and their actual reactions to their environment.
Ayurveda reflects a deep study not only of the body, but also of the mind & the spirit that lies beyond mind & body.
Ayurveda reflects an in-depth system of psychology that understands the dynamics of karma & consciousness and how the physical world connects with those more subtle.
Trying to change our external environment to obtain good health or happiness, is a vain pursuit. Manipulating the outer is not what will make us feel better on an inner level. Instead, we must learn how to develop & improve ourselves and our own internal resources, including not only how we eat & exercise, but also how we breathe & how we think.
Ayurveda shows us how to improve our wellbeing and provides us with the knowledge and methods to facilitate the process.
UNCOVERING YOUR BASIC NATURE
Ayurveda looks at a human being as a whole. If you were to see an Ayurvedic doctor, the practitioner wouldn't be wondering What disease you may have, but instead he would try to identify Who you are. By Who, we do not mean your name obviously, but how your Body & Mind are constituted. Before looking at any potential diseases, the Ayurvedic doctor would try to uncover your basic Nature also known as 'Prakruti' in Sanskrit.
One of the main principles of Ayurveda is that there are different Body Types in nature and that each human being has its own blueprint. We all have the same kind of organs and cells, and yet, we do not all react to foods in the same ways - someone for instance will digest capsicum & dairy products in a heart bit, while another person will spend the rest of the day fluffing away and feeling bloated.. Sounds familiar...?
By knowing your body type, an Ayurvedic doctor will be able to tell you which diet, type of exercise or medicine would help you restore balance, and which might do no good or even be detrimental.
To find the deeper origin of body types, Ayurveda looks at the meeting point between Mind & Body. The two being undoubtedly interconnected, every time something is happening in the mind, a corresponding effect happens in the body. Should it be a thought of Fear which manifests as a rush of adrenaline through your veins, or feelings of Love that will manifest by releasing norepinephrine & dopamine through your body - there will be some form of physical reaction.
Thoughts always turn into matter, one way or the other.
Because we cannot scrub our inner body we need to learn a few skills to help cleanse our tissues, organs, and mind. This is the art of Ayurveda ~ Sebastian Pole
HOW CAN WE IDENTIFY OUR BODY-TYPE?
According to Ayurveda, this interconnectedness comes from a place where the Mind meets the Body, and where the 3 operating principles known as 'Doshas' lie:
Vata Dosha: controls movement
Pitta Dosha: controls metabolism
Kapha Dosha: controls structure
The same way there are 3 Doshas, there are 3 basic types of human constitutions in the Ayurvedic System. Most of the time though, people have a dual body-constitution, such as Pitta-Kapha, Kapha-Vata etc. Knowing which one you are will help you to better understand why for instance you need a doona cover at night when it's 30 degrees outside, while your partner wants to crank up the aircon because he is boiling hot.
If you follow the above link Dosha, you will find a great deal of information on all of this. We also recommend Deepak Chopra's book 'Perfect Health' in order to go deeper into the subject.
And because you're probably all dying to know which Body Type you are, here is the link to a doshaquiz.
Ayurveda is pure logic. The Vedic sages came up with these principles through self-observation and scrutinisation of Mother Nature. Ayurveda is the mother of all medicines. It inspired the European physicians, the Greek Empire as well as the Chinese Civilisation - all of whom then reinterpreted and added their own terminology and add-ons.
When Diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.
When Diet is correct, medicine is of no need.
Thank You for Being Here,