Ayurveda - The ancient science of living well.
Words: James Shaw
The Ayurvedic principles we have found to be great benefit to the team at weMove when we have felt like we were lacking our true energy. The below outlines the DOSHA (constitutions) and the essence of the Ayurvedic diet. We would recommend if you are interested to seek an Ayurvedic Practitioner in your local area before embarking on making any adjustments which from experience are very straight forward but do require adjustment with our daily conditioning.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Ayurvedic principles and foods work with the body’s innate intelligence in order to promote natural self-healing. Diets are adapted to the constitution (dosha) of each individual. Deeply connected with the rhythmic changes found in nature — including daily sunrise/sunset and the changing season — foods included in an Ayurvedic diet change throughout the year and can also fluctuate throughout someone’s lifetime.
A nutrient dense diet is important for us all however nutrition is only one part of the Ayurvedic system, which defines health as a state of balance within the body and our environment. In a wider context Ayurveda has principles to address the whole person including stress management, sleep, the use of herbs and supplements in conjunction with movement to maintain a healthy and balanced individual.
WHAT IS IT?
Originating in India almost 5000 years ago, Ayurveda medicine is practiced around the world today often connected with yoga and a yoga practice. Ayurveda is one of the world most sophisticated and powerful mind-body health systems, designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy while realising their full human potential. Often seen as the sister to yoga, maintaining the balance of the human bodily system using diet, herbal treatment and yogic breathing.
There are 3 Dosha. Each corresponding to different body types, tendencies and traits we all have.Every individual has a unique combination of the three Dosha determining your physical and psychological characteristics. The goal is to keep the Dosha balanced keeping the body and mind balance and healthy.
Body: Tend to be thin, have smaller bones, not put weight on easily and struggle with digestion.
Character: Creative, open-minded, curious and energetic but also fearful, stressed and “scatter-brained” at times.
Energy: plays a role in essential functions, including mobility, motion, circulation and breathing.
Watch for: Vatas are susceptible to mental obstacles, including fear and grief, and health problems, like neurological disorders, insomnia, arthritis and heart disease.
Body: Struggle with weight gain and have a bigger, solid build.
Character: Grounded, supportive, loving and forgiving but lazy, insecure, envious and sad at times.
Energy: Plays a role in lubrication, fluid balance, nourishment, rest, relaxation, caring for others, reproduction and building strong immune system.
Watch for: diabetes cancer, obesity, fluid retention and respiratory illnesses.
Body: Medium, athletic build can easily put on or lose muscle/weight.
Character: Often smart, hard-working, ambitious/driven, competitive but angry and aggressive at times.
Energy: Pitta energy plays a strong role in metabolic functions, digestion, absorption of nutrients, body temperature and energy expenditure.
Watch for:Pittas are considered vulnerable to problems like overexertion, hypertension, heart disease, infectious diseases and digestive conditions.