An Introduction to Ayurveda

Thousands of years ago, the art and science of Ayurveda was revealed to the Rishis, the seers of Ancient India, as they meditated in the forests. With these revelations came a vast knowledge of the medicinal properties of each tree, plant and mineral and the methodology to awaken the body, mind and spirit into a natural state of balance. This unique, comprehensive and extraordinarily accurate knowledge, passed on through the years by memory and repetition, became the basis for the natural healing system known as Ayurveda, the "Science of Life." The wisdom and recommendations of the Rishis have a powerful mantra-like effect and, if followed faithfully, give powerful results.

At the core of Ayurveda is the understanding that every individual is a composition of consciousness and nature. From the time of conception, one is created with a unique combination of the Five Great Elements of Nature.

The organization and percentage of these five elements within an individual's constitution are known as the doshas. Separated into three forces, Vata, Pitta and Kapha, the tri-doshas are recognized within the body by the qualities and actions they perform. In our effort to present the essence of the doshas in an understandable way, we have included the photos below to give you the general "feel" of each dosha, their elements, attributes and activity.

Light, Dry, Subtle, Cold
Sharp, Hot, Light, Unctuous
Heavy, Cold, Dull, Sticky

Ayurvedic doctors or health practitioners can help you identify your dosha through various diagnostic methods. This knowledge serves as your very own road map for a return to your natural state of being. Awareness of the diet, herbs, oils and lifestyle best suited to your particular constitution leads to health and longevity. Ayurveda offers us a prescription to restore the power of the intelligence of the body, mind and spirit to heal the self. Using nature to heal "our nature" brings about vitality, beauty, inner peace and radiance.