Balance isn’t something you find, it’s something you create. Ayurveda, an ancient Indian healthy system, helps you to create this balance by focusing on your unique pattern of energies. Discover how this could work for you.
How it all started
Ayurveda is often regarded as the oldest health system in the world. Centered around the principle of balanced living, the philosophy started as an oral tradition as far back as 5,000 years ago. The main classical Ayurveda texts begin with accounts of medical knowledge being relayed from the Gods to sages, and then to human physicians.
Ayurveda teaches that everybody is born with certain physical and mental traits. Only when these are balanced are we healthy in mind, body and spirit. These traits are expressed as energies, or doshas. Your predominant dosha is the one that best describes your personality, and Ayurveda offers advice on how to improve health and well-being by living according to which primary energy you possess. These guidelines range from how you should eat to what exercise regimen you should follow—all with the aim to bring you better balance.
Your doshas and you
Like your fingerprints, your pattern of energies is completely unique. Ayurveda breaks these down into three different doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each dosha is associated with its own symbols, characteristics and suggested way of living. Want to know for sure which dosha is dominant is your system? Discover your mind-body type by taking our quiz and start your journey of balanced living.
Vata: the life of the party
Are you creative and perhaps a bit impulsive? Do people wonder at your seemingly endless amount of energy? According to Ayurveda, this means you are a Vata person.
A balanced Vata is joyful, creative and vital. However, when imbalanced, you can experience fear and anxiety. To keep you happy and healthy, Ayurveda suggests that you stick to low-impact exercise such as yoga, tai chi or swimming. Curious about the ideal Vata diet? This article is a must-read about foods that are essential for balance.
Pitta: the strong and stable type
Are you the friend who everybody comes to for advice or support? Ayurveda says that people who have a predominantly Pitta nature are intelligent and reliable, making you the person most likely to be called on to solve problems.
When you are in balance, you are smart and a good leader. Imbalance means you tend towards being controlling, aggressive and demanding. To keep these negative qualities at bay, Ayurveda suggests that you engage in more recreational exercise like kayaking and surfing. Once you’ve worked up an appetite doing that, let us enlighten you about the Pitta diet here.
Kapha: calm and compassionate
If you’re a nurturer and known for your chilled-out attitude, chances are your primary energy is Kapha. This means you are laid-back and loving—making you fairly easy to get along with.
When balanced, you are loyal, loving and forgiving. But when you’re imbalanced, these traits turn to insecurity, envy and stubbornness. To stay your calm and compassionate self, Ayurveda recommends endurance-based activities like running, bicycling or competitive sports. Because Kapha types are prone to weight gain, diet is important, so be sure to check out this article on what foods are best for you.
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