Each of us has a unique mind-body type, known as dosha. It helps to think of your dosha as an individual blueprint that describes your personality, tendencies and physical nature. When we understand our dosha, we are able to access different ways of keeping our mind, body and emotions in balance, with nature, the environment and with others. We learn what it is to feel happy, healthy and free of dis-ease.
Food In Ayurveda
Food can affect feelings. More and more neurogastroenterologists today are convinced that moods arise not only in the head, but also in the gut. One of them is Dr. Peter Holzer. The professor of experimental and clinical pharmacology at the Medical University of Graz says: “Our mood is influenced by the intestine much more than we previously dreamed.”
Ayurveda – knowledge (Veda) of life (Ayur)– is concerned with all aspects of life. Naturally, and perhaps most importantly, this includes nutrition. Along with the therapeutic interventions and yoga & meditation, diet is one of the three pillars in Ayurveda.
The effect that foods, herbs and spices have on the human organism is determined by the three doshas, Vata, Pitta and Kapha, which in turn are made up of the five major elements.
The time of day at which different foods are consumed is also integral to the dosha concept and affects their impact. Without food, life cannot be sustained. It gives us energy and provides mental fortitude and clarity. In conjunction with yoga & meditation and the Ayurvedic treatments, our food supports our health and well-being by helping maintain the doshas in their natural equilibrium.
Your Ayurveda Consultation & Constitution
As mentioned above, we each have our own blueprint, our Ayurvedic constitution. How we react to different situations, our physical make up including eye colour, hair type, are what define how we interact and experience the world.
In your consultation, we will go through questions which will define your doshas, and your imbalances, which will give us an idea of how to best formulate your nutritional plan to ensure your digestive fire is best optimised.
The way in which we digest, transform and use food and then release waste is what defines our health. When we work together with our nature, our doshas, we can optimise our health and therefore live a more balanced and happy life.