The first time I heard of Ayurveda I was working as a website technician for BanyanBotanicals.com. I thought it sounded weird. I couldn’t even pronounce “Ayurveda,” and “Dosha” sounded like something you order at an Indian restaurant.
Eight years later I was reintroduced to Ayurveda by the mother of someone I was dating. She truly believes an Ayurvedic lifestyle is the secret to good health, inner peace, and no frown lines.
Colour me intrigued.
After some research I learned Ayurveda is a form of traditional east Indian medicine dating back 5,000 years. While Ayurveda is often given a bad name because of Ayurvedic medicines we now know to be harmful — like those containing lead or mercury– Ayurveda has many positive practices that are helpful even now in our era of pill-popping.
When we choose to live an Ayurvedic lifestyle, we have the potential to strengthen our immune system, maintain homeostasis, and significantly reduce the possibilities of any unwanted side effects we might experience as a result of drugs or other unnatural regimens. I don’t know about you, but I’m all about boosting my immune system and avoiding pharmaceuticals.Ayurvedic practioners believe your body has three energy types called doshas, and a myriad of disturbances with our bodies can occur of these are out of balance.
Pitta is Fiery, and what drives us to achieve, accomplish goals, and exhibit fiery qualities like passion and anger. People who are considered Pittas are often described as “type A, overachievers.” When excessive, Pitta energy can cause indigestion, liver complaints, bloating, fatigue, and other ailments.
Kapha is Earthy, and what helps us to feel grounded, nurture others, and exhibit a calming presence in stressful situations. Kaphas tend to be calm, loving, and begrudge change. When excessive, Kapha energy can cause weight gain, diabetes, and a feeling of lethargy.
“When the doshas move up or down too much we experience discomfort,” Yogi Cameron says. “If they more even more extremely, we experience disease. Just like in nature if the wind blows too strongly and becomes a hurricane it will destroy everything in its path.”