Ayurveda is literally translated as science of life. It’s one of the worlds oldest holistic whole-body healing systems. It’s origins in the culture of India and based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit.
Ayurveda draws on the connection of human beings as part of nature and describes three fundamental energies that govern our inner and outer environments: movement, transformation, and structure. In Sanskrit this is known as Vata (Wind), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha (Earth). In Ayurveda, these primary forces are responsible for the characteristics of our mind and body.
Each of us has a unique proportion of these three forces. For every element there is a balanced and imbalanced expression. Curious about your dosha? There are many free quizzes online to determine your dosha proportion (Google “Dosha Quiz”). Here’s one: https://yogainternational.com/article/view/dosha-quiz
I am predominantely Pitta. Learning this has helped me to recognize my tendencies, what type of yoga practice my body/mind need, and what foods can keep me in balance. And there’s still so much to learn!
Ayurveda also suggests morning rituals. I recently enjoyed communication with a few other yoga teachers about the rituals we regularly practice and the rituals we’d like to reinvigorate. I have committed to myself to experimenting with the following morning ritual:
Wake up 5:30am
Dry Brush Skin
Oil Massage (including ears, nose, feet)
Drink warm lemon water
If you have any questions about these rituals, feel free to ask! These are all practices that were introduced in Yoga Teacher Training. The hardest part for me is waking up before the sun…but we can do hard things. And, on Tuesdays and Thursdays we can gather at the studio for Sunrise Yoga with Tiffany 6-7am! If you’re curious, maybe choose just 1-2 rituals to incorporate into your morning and see what you experience!
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