Ayurveda

Ayurveda, which continues to be one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful mind-body health systems. Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy while realizing their full human potential.

The two main guiding principles of Ayurveda are 1.) the mind and the body are inextricably connected, and 2.) nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind. Ayurveda is a health system that looks to the self as a whole, rather than just to the symptoms of a problem.

How does Ayurveda work?

Ayurveda is based on the principles of three doshas. Doshas are the energies that make up every person, they perform different functions in the body. Defining your personal Dosha will give you guidance on techniques, diet and lifestyle to keep yourself healthy and in balance.

The 3 Dosha types

  1. Vata Dosha -- Energy that controls bodily functions associated with motion, including blood circulation, breathing, blinking, and your heartbeat.
    In balance: There is creativity and vitality.
    Out of balance: Can produce fear and anxiety.
  2. Pitta Dosha -- Energy that controls the body's metabolic systems, including digestion, absorption, nutrition, and your body's temperature.
    In balance: Leads to contentment and intelligence.
    Out of balance: Can cause ulcers and anger.
  3. Kapha Dosha -- Energy that controls growth in the body. It supplies water to all body parts, moisturizes the skin, and maintains the immune system.
    In balance: Expressed as love and forgiveness.
    Out of balance: Can lead to insecurity and envy.

Each person has all three Doshas, but usually one or two dominate. Various Dosha proportions determine one's physiological and personality traits, as well as general likes and dislikes.

Lots of online tools and tests are available to determine your Dosha type, but Sophie will be able to help you out if its something your interested in.

Diet, lifestyle, routines and exercises can be tailored to you from there.

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