Life is balance. As a child, I would love to play on the teeter-tooter with my friends. You would sit on one end, and your friend would sit on the other, and up and down, you would go. If the two weigh about the same, both people will exude the same energy to enjoy the ride. If your friend is one hundred pounds heavier than you are, you can imagine you would not be able to enjoy the ride because you are so off-balance. The Ayurvedic lifestyle focuses on your individual needs to determine where you are out of balance in your life and how to fix it. Left untreated, it will lead to depression, anxiety, and increased stress.
Vata, Pitta, and Kapha:
The energy of movement
Vata, Pitta, and Kapha represent the three Doshas (Sanskrit for life force) or biological energies found within the body and mind of the Ayurvedic system. The Doshas are responsible for not only what we are but who we can be. The five earth elements, Earth, Wind, Water, Fire, and Air, are all represented by the three doshas:
Vata – elements of space and air – energy and movement
Vata is responsible for our breathing, digestion, blood flow, and speech.
Pitta – elements of fire and water – digestion/metabolism
Pitta is responsible for hunger, thirst, and intelligence.
Kapha – elements of water and earth – lubrication
Kapha helps regulate bodily fluids and structure.
While the three Doshas work with each other, everyone has a dominant dosha.
The Vatta personality type is creative and quiet. A warm cozy place to sit and relax with some music and a warm blanket will put a Vata person in complete relaxation.
One thing about the Vata type, and I can tell you this is very true; we are a forgetful bunch. We forget to eat when we are busy or stressed, leading to sleep disorders, continuous stress, and anxiety.
Those with the Pitta dosha dominant are your dedicated workers who enjoy a clean, uncluttered workplace. They do not work well with others if they feel enclosed or cramped. Pitta types are best suited to be teachers or instructors because of their logical thought process.
Be sure to have some snacks around because the Pitta dosha type invented the word HANGRY!
The Kapha dosha type is the one you want to keep around the most. A calm, stoic nature makes them a relaxing island in the middle of an angry sea. They run best on routine and are the ones you want in charge as they are exceptional multitaskers.
While this dosha type may sound ideal, they also tend to overeat, skip workouts, and oversleep.
If you would like to find out your Dosha type, click here.
Benefits of an Ayurvedic lifestyle
There are some miraculous stories out there about spontaneous remission of cancers and other life-threatening diseases. During my reading, I have discovered many stories about cancer remission when combined with doctors’ treatment and changing your life to adopt a more Ayurvedic lifestyle.
Many herbs have natural anti-cancer properties in the Ayurvedic lifestyle diets, such as Piper longum, Raphanus sativus, and Nigella sativa. Science has proven that these various plants have anti-cancer properties.
Our pharmaceutical drugs are primarily made of plant extracts, while only a small number are purely chemical-based. I would suggest looking into the various herbs and what their properties are. Of course, you can visit a local Ayurvedic treatment center in your area for a consultation.