Maharishi Ayurveda is a refined understanding of the best Ayurvedic practices. Ayurveda is the world’s longest continually-practised medical science. Developed in India over 6,000 years ago, Ayurveda (which translates as “knowledge of life”), is a natural approach to creating balance and strengthening the body’s natural healing ability. Ayurveda is acknowledged by the World Health Organization and is growing in its global use as one of the most effective systems of natural health.
The sole purpose of these slides is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of any disease. If you have any acute or chronic health concerns, please consult a trained health professional.
Ayurveda holds that disease is primarily the result of imbalances and impurities that accumulate in the body over time. The speciality of Ayurveda is in diagnosing imbalances at an early stage, before symptoms of disease arise, eliminating those imbalances from the body and teaching each person how to live a healthy, balanced life, according to their unique mind-body makeup.
Ayurveda was the first system of medicine to recognize the concept of individual mind-body types. It holds that everyone is born with their own natural balance which influences all aspects of their life, including body structure, emotional makeup, and predisposition to illnesses.
Body types are determined by the doshas. According to Ayurveda, nature’s elements—earth, water, fire, air, and ether—are present within the mind and body. These mind-body elements, or doshas, are Vata (air/ether), Pitta (fire/water), and Kapha (earth/water). The three doshas influence everything, from your body type to your digestion, disposition, sleep, and so much more. Knowing your dosha makes it easy to find the best foods, exercise, and lifestyle practices to support your unique needs.
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Vata dosha is the Ayurvedic mind-body element associated with air. Vata governs bodily functions concerned with movement. Vata is especially involved in the movement of electrical activity up and down the nerves and therefore has a major function in the nervous system and brain. The flow of food through the digestive tract and circulatory system is also controlled by the function of Vata.
Vata in Balance
Vata out of Balance
Pitta dosha is the Ayurvedic mind-body element associated with fire and water. Pitta governs bodily functions concerned with heat, metabolism, and energy production. Pitta’s principal activities control the chemical transformation processes related to digestion and metabolism.
Pitta in Balance
Pitta out of Balance
Kapha dosha is the Ayurvedic mind-body element associated with earth and water. It is slow, moist, cool, oily, heavy, smooth, and steady and embodies structure, lubrication, and stability in the mind and body.
Kapha in Balance
Kapha out of Balance
This lassi recipe, when taken at lunch, helps reduce gas and bloating. It is best not to take a lassi with the evening meal.
Mix well with a hand mixer or blender.
Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and whisk until well combined. Pour into a glass until 3/4 full, and top the mixture with sparkling water.
Makes 1 cup of tea
Bring water to a boil. Place lavender buds in a teapot or a sachet. Once the water has boiled, pour it over the lavender and steep it for about 10 minutes. Strain the lavender and pour it into your favourite mug to enjoy before bed.