Whether you have used our Himalaya Scrub, the foaming Yogi Flow or the Shikakai Secret, you probably know by now that these products are part of our Ayurveda Collection. Mention Ayurveda and for most people yogis, chakras and India will spring to mind. But it amounts to a lot more than just that.
WHAT IS AYURVEDA?
Ayurveda is regarded as the oldest health system in the world. Not in any way linked to religion, the 5000 year old health system originates from the ancient Vedic culture from India. It was taught by accomplished teachers to their disciples for thousands of years but it is being practiced by people all over the world today. Many natural healing systems, such as Tibetan and Traditional Chinese Medicine, have their roots in the basic principles of Ayurveda. And even the ancient Greek medicine system embraced many concepts described in the classical medical texts of Ayurveda.
Made up from the words Ayus , meaning life and Veda which means science, Ayurveda can therefore be translated as The science of Life, but it is also known as The Mother of all Healing.
In a nutshell it is about finding harmony and balance of body, mind and soul (spirit). Ayurveda is very much focused on preventing disease and maintaining vitality and health. It offers a set of guidelines on the ideal routine of proper diet, lifestyle, behavior and state of mind. Ayurveda regards the connection between body and mind as an important factor for a person’s wellbeing. The influence of nature plays a crucial part in it according to Ayurveda, since all humans are part of nature.
DOSHAS: THE BIOLOGICAL ENERGIES
Ayurveda describes three fundamental energies or doshas that influence our inner and outer worlds. These doshas derive from the five elements of nature being: Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. The Doshas represent movement, transformation, and structure. Movement is also known in Sanskrit as Vata (Wind). Transformation is known as Pitta (Fire) and structure is translated into Sanskrit as Kapha (Earth).
These forces are responsible for the characteristics of body and mind. And just like everyone has a unique fingerprint, each person has a unique pattern of energy that shapes his or her nature. This constitution is determined at conception by various factors and remains the same throughout life. And although each person has all three energies present in their system, we all have one or two forces that tend to be more predominant.
VATA | PITTA | KAPHA
If Vata is dominant in your system, you are most likely thin, light, enthusiastic, energetic, and changeable. If Pitta predominates in your nature, you tend to be intelligent, tense focused on reaching your goals and you probably feel enthusiasm towards life. When Kapha prevails, we tend to be easy-going, methodical, and nurturing.
For each form of energy there is a positive (outperforming) and negative (underperforming) nature. When Vata is balanced, a person is lively and creative, but when there is an excess of Vata or movement in your system, you tend to experience anxiety, insomnia, constipation, dry skin and your mind focuses with difficulty.
When Pitta is perfectly balanced a person is warm, friendly, disciplined, an initiator, leader, and a good speaker. When Pitta is out of balance, a person tends to be compulsive and irritable and may suffer from indigestion or inflammatory illness. When Kapha is balanced, a person is sweet, supportive, yet out of balance, a person may experience sluggishness, weight gain, and sinus congestion.
An important goal of Ayurveda is to find and achieve a person’s ideal state of balance. after which it determines where people are out of balance. Ayurveda then offers remedies and solutions by providing a specific diet, herbs, aromatherapy, massage treatments, music, and yoga or meditation to remind that balance.
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Our Ayurveda Collection focuses on well-being by cleansing, purifying and nurturing the body. This enables you to take some time for yourself to relax and unwind, which in itself will help soothe and nourish the mind. We use Ayurvedic herbs in Ayurveda range such as Holy basil, Himalayan salt and Honey, Sweet Almond Oil, Indian Rose and Fresh Mint to support this idea. Care to try our popular range? Visit our WEBSHOP