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Ayurveda and Mindfulness

Angela Glaz

Ayurvedic Specialist & 500 Hour E-RYT

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What is Ayurveda? 


Described as the Vedic Science of Life, Ayurveda is a five thousand year old healing tradition originating in India. It is the sister science to yoga or the medical side of yoga.  Ayurveda uses yoga, diet, and herbal formulas to bring wellness to an individual’s entire well-being. Ayurveda treats the individual as a whole and assists in maintaining overall health.

Ayurveda recognizes each person as an individual with a different body constitution or dosha; vata, pitta, or kapha.  We have all three of the doshas in our physiology, just in different proportions. Everyone’s dosha is unique and personal; it is like a fingerprint. Each dosha is made up of one or two of the five basic elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth , and gives us insight into the tendencies of our bodies (physically, mentally, and emotionally).  Because we are unique, what we eat, how we exercise, when we sleep, and even where we prefer to live, will be different from one person to the next. The best and most healthful practices for each individual can be better understood by knowing one’s body type.


Prakruti vs. Vikruti

While we are all mostly dominant in one dosha, we are still comprised of all three.  Meaning...  we can still experience an imbalance in any of them.  To fully embrace this and use the energy of the doshas to better serve our well-being, we must practice mindfulness and understand the difference between our prakruti and vikruti

Mindfulness
The dictionary definition of mindfulness is, "a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique."

Prakruti
Prakruti is the rhythm of the world, both personally and universally. It is ones nature, also known as the Natal Constitution. It is the dynamic energy of consciousness. Your Prakruti is what makes you unique, it is that which cannot be altered, it is always desired and difficult to be in sync with. One Prakruti is their unique combination of elements that they were born with, similar to their fingerprint. It is what make one who they are, physically and mentally.

Vikruti
Constitution of the moment (imbalanced state). Ones Vikruti is their current state of dysfunction. It is the state that we are in when we are not in rhythm with the prakruti.

Discover your dosha and learn more about the qualities and traits of all three!

The link below will take you to our dosha test. Be sure to read the "how to" above the test so that you get the most accurate results. The page you are taken to for your dosha test, will also have 3 buttons, labeled, "vata, pitta, kapha," that will lead you to descriptions of each dosha.