When I was training to be a yoga Instructor, We talked a lot about Ayurveda ( Ayur- Life; Veda- Knowledge). This ancient form of medicine from India focuses on balancing the three doshas or constitutions that everyone is born with. If one or more of the doshas becomes out of balance, disease may occur.
The doshas are called Vata, Pitta, & Kapha and each one corresponds to an earth element.
Vata (Air) The Vata dosha controls all movement in the body. The Earth elements that correspond with vata are air and ether. The vata body is thin, prone to anxiety and/or nervousness, constipation, and dry skin.
Pitta (Fire & Water)- The Pitta dosha is the energy of heat and metabolism. Earth elements that correspond with pitta are fire and water. The pitta body is medium build, prone to diseases processes of irritation/ inflammation, peptic ulcers, heartburn, and diarrhea.
Kapha (Water & Earth)- The Kapha dosha is responsible for structure. Earth elements that correspond with kapha are earth and water. The kapha body is sturdy as these people are very grounded and very nurturing. They are prone to lethargy and obesity.
Ayurveda is a complex system with many parts such as cleansing, diet, and plant based medicines given by an Ayurvedic doctor.
In my practice, I offer a Shirodhara treatment that came from this ancient healing practice.
You can read more about it here
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