Benefits of Ayurveda
This is a science used to treat people and was originated in India. You may have heard about Ayurveda many times in your life. In Sanskrit Ayurveda means the science of life and it stands very true. As it mostly deals with the way of life you live.
Like what you eat, when you go to sleep, and what kind of overall routine you follow. It is a science that not only includes your body but your mind and spirit as well. Ayurveda does not treat individuals the same way. But it depends on person to person that how it is going to affect him or her.
Nowadays because of the fact that yoga is getting so much popularity in the west, those people living there are also getting curious and interested in other natural ways of healing. As Ayurveda is also seen to as the sister science of yoga. It is catching a lot of attention.
Ayurveda believes that every individual is born with his own inbuilt constitution of the body. This is understood as a combination of various energies and qualities. Because of this, no other individual will have the same process as others.
It also nurtures self-awareness and this gives you power as you can make your own decisions. It could be based on what you do and how you are feeling day to day. Ayurveda focuses on prevention rather than curing the disease when it grows big into its later stages.
It tries to address the root issues from where the problem has been originated. It does not try to cure a specific symptom but the root cause. This way the disease is not suppressed but is completely removed from the body.
Ayurvedic body types and their energies
Ayurveda looks at the world in terms of different qualities. For instance, cold and hot, oily and rough, heavy and light, and many others. These qualities combine to make what we call as ‘Doshas’ or energies. There are three types of energies known as Vata, pitta, and Kapha. Vata is made up of air and ether, pitta is made up of fire and water and Kapha is made up of water and earth.
There are two things to remember when we take these energies into consideration is your constitution and imbalance of these energies. Your constitution of energies is what you are born with. It cannot change much but the imbalance part of these energies could be changed.
Your constitution is unique to you of these energies. Like a heavy person who has a lot of fat and body mass onto his body is a Kapha body type. This means that his body’s constitution is having dominated by this energy. One who is persistent and driven has a pitta-driven body constitution of energies.
These three energies should be in balance taking into consideration your body’s constitution. It is very important that all the energies which are manifested inside your body are well balanced. It is important because imbalance of those energies in your body is what causes diseases according to Ayurveda. And accordingly, you need to maintain the balance of these energies.
Ways to balance these energies in your lifestyle
According to Ayurveda, your lifestyle is what causes the imbalance of the three energies in your body. And it becomes very important for you to maintain a proper lifestyle as prescribed in the ayurvedic texts.
Vata is an energy that is made up of air and ether. The nature of Vata is dry and it creates dryness in your body which causes diseases. Some of the diseases which are caused by an imbalance of this energy in your body. These are depression, anxiety, arthritis, etc.
If Vata is not in balanced inside your body then it will also imbalance other energies as well. To balance Vata you should eat oily foods and liquid foods which oppose the dry nature of this energy. Oiling the body from outside in form to taking massages can also help.
Pitta is another energy out of three and it is made up of fire and water. It creates heat in your body and can also increase your blood pressure. This can cause various diseases like diabetes, kidney diseases, heart diseases, etc. To keep it in balance you need to avoid foods that are spicy and hot in nature. Also, you should avoid doing excessive exercise or any such activities which increase your body temperature if this energy is imbalanced.
Kapha is made up of water and earth elements. Its nature is being heavy and dense, but cold. Diseases like asthma, breathing diseases, cold and cough are a few of the examples caused by its imbalance. To keep it in balance you may avoid eating cold foods and also foods that are very heavy to digest.
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