With our ever-rising growth in consciousness, we are recognizing our oneness with the Nature. Due to our integrity with Nature, it is becoming increasingly more significant that we must learn to live in accordance with these laws of Nature.
Though contemporary society is much technically advanced but in the rut of sophistication we are loosing our connectedness with Nature, with the result, there is a sudden spurt of diseases unheard before.
Ayurveda is a holistic approach to health that is designed to help people live long, healthy, and well-balanced lives. The term Ayurveda is taken from the Sanskrit words ayus, meaning life or lifespan, and veda, meaning knowledge. Ayurveda deals not merely with medical science – it is a science of life.
Ayurveda is the knowledge that indicates the appropriate and inappropriate, happy or sorrowful conditions of living, what is auspicious or inauspicious for longevity, as well as the measure of life itself.
The basic principle of Ayurveda is to prevent illness by maintaining balance in the body, mind, and consciousness through proper drinking, diet and lifestyle and if anyway a disease occurs then treat it through principles of Nature.
The human body, according to Ayurveda, is composed of the three fundamental elements called doshas, dhatus and malas. The doshas govern the physico-chemical and physiological activities of the body, while the dhatus enter into the formation of a basic structure of a body cell, thereby performing some specific actions. The malas are substances that are partly excreted in a modified form after serving their physiological functions. These three elements are said to be in a dynamic equilibrium with each other for the maintenance of health. Any imbalance of their relative preponderance in the body result in disease and illness.
Just as everyone has a unique thumbprint, according to Ayurveda, each person has a distinct pattern of energy -- a specific combination of physical, mental and emotional characteristics. Doshas (present in every person) distinct to every one, when out of balance are the causative forces in disease process
- Vata – Vata means — “that moves the things”. It is the motivating force behind the other two doshas - energy that regulates bodily functions associated with motion including blood circulation, breathing, blinking, and the beating of the heart etc. When vata energy is balanced, there is creativity and vitality. Out of balance, vata produces fear and anxiety.
- Pitta – Pitta means — “that digests the things”. All the metabolic chemical transformations in the body are due to it. It is the energy that governs the body's metabolic systems including digestion, absorption, nutrition, and body temperature etc. In balance, pitta promotes contentment and intelligence. Out of balance, pitta can cause ulcers and arouse anger.
- Kapha – Kapha means — “that holds the things together”. It provides support, makes up the bulk of our bodily tissues energy that controls growth in the body. It supplies water to all body parts, moisturizes the skin, and maintains the immune system etc. In balance, kapha is expressed as love, compassion and forgiveness. Out of balance, kapha leads to insecurity and envy.
Have you ever asked yourself an important question - how healthy you want to remain for the rest of your life?
We take care of every thing like our house, car, tv etc. We get them repaired at the earliest. But we tend to forget our health, which is so precious. We take our body for granted. We spend half of our life earning money at the cost of our health and later spend the same wealth on “trying to” regain our health and that doesn’t work.
Health is not just absence of disease but a state of complete physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being.
We all are ageing with every passing day. It’s a natural phenomenon. The three stages of life that are associated with one dosha dominance are :-
Childhood - kapha dominates
Youth - pitta dominates
Old age - vata dominates.
Vata is responsible for the degenerative changes occurring due to ageing. The speed of ageing depends upon the temperament of the body (vata, pitta, kapha), diet and life style. Ageing is a natural phenomenon that cannot be stopped; however, it can be slowed down and can be kept healthy.