Ayurveda: A Complete Introduction
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is widely accepted to be one of the oldest healing sciences still in use, dating back 5,000 years ago to where it originated in India. Today, Ayurveda has been adopted by many individuals worldwide and has even influenced practices such as Homeopathy and Polarity Therapy.
The principle of Ayurveda is to achieve overall well-being, both physically and mentally, spanning to all corners of your life including physical health, diet, mind and consciousness. The practice of Ayurveda focuses on a person's three inner energies, Vata, Pitta and Kapha and seeks to achieve balance between all three. Each individual has a different constitution and therefore has different dominant energies.
Discover your dominant dosha with our quiz here.
Vata is the energy that is associated with movement, controlling joint function and the nervous system. If you have a dominant Vata dosha you will likely be creative, light, enthusiastic and open to new experiences.
Pitta is the energy that is associated with your metabolic system, controlling hunger, thirst and body temperature. If you have a dominant Pitta dosha you will likely be very intelligent but prone to hot-headedness and a need for control.
Kapha is the energy that is associated with your body’s structure, controlling electrolyte balance, immunity and movement. If you have a dominant Kapha dosha you will likely be stoic, calm and overall healthy.
Ayurveda and Diet
One of the most powerful ways you can balance your 3 inner doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha is through an Ayurvedic diet. Unlike most diets, this does not focus on counting calories and losing weight, but instead embracing natural remedies through specific food groups and purposeful exclusions. By adopting an Ayurvedic diet you can achieve balanced inner chakras, improved energy and both physical and mental well-being.
One of the ways that sets an Ayurvedic diet apart from the rest, is that it is completely tailored to you and your chakras. If one of your inner energies is out of balance, you can adopt certain foods and eating habits to achieve an equilibrium between Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
If you find you are experiencing an imbalance of Vata there are a few general guidelines to help you regain your balance…
- Include warm, well-cooked and unctuous foods
- Have smaller more frequent and regular meals
- Avoid frozen, raw or cold foods
- Include sweet, ripe and juicy fruits
- Get plenty of rest
If you find you are experiencing an imbalance of Pitta there are a few general guidelines to help you regain your balance…
- Avoid excessive amounts of oil in your diet
- Limit your intake of salty, sour or pungent foods
- Eat cooling, non-spicy foods
- Vegetarianism is best for balancing Pitta
- Exercise during the cooler part of your day
If you find you are experiencing an imbalance of Kapha there are a few general guidelines to help you regain your balance…
- Eat light and dry foods
- Include invigorating foods such as bitter, astringent and pungent tastes
- Try and avoid dairy products
- Include drier fruits such as apples, apricots and pears
- Vary your routine
- Avoid daytime naps
To learn more about certain food inclusions for your dosha, you can read our blog post ‘What is an Ayurvedic Diet?’ here. You can also learn about the role supplements play in supporting the balance of our emotions in our blog ‘Ayurveda for Anxiety’.
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Ayurveda can reach all corners of your life, bringing balance and serenity in many unique ways. Here at Mauli we have carefully designed and formulated a range of products to help you find inner peace through Ayurveda. Whatever your individual struggles are, we have something that can provide a helping hand on your journey to peace and well-being.
Ayurvedic Skincare Products
As with all Ayurvedic products, your skincare regime is another loving way you can balance your dosha. Using all natural herbs and foods, Ayurvedic skincare products will help you to find inner outer well-being. Here at Mauli we have created specific products for each dominating dosha so you can achieve equilibrium through your individual morning self-care routine.
For those with a dominating Vata dosha your skin will be prone to drying, cooler to the touch and more textured. For those with a dominating Pitta dosha your skin will be acne-prone, more oily and inflamed. Lastly, those with a dominant Kapha dosha, your skin will be smooth, ages well but more prone to visible pores.
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Ayurvedic Massage Products
Using Ayurvedic Body Products is not just beneficial to our skin, but the loving act of massage also seeks to improve our inner well-being, bringing about a sense of self-love and serenity. Blended with all natural botanicals, scents and herbs, Ayurvedic body and massage products will reawaken the mind, body and spirit. The principles of Ayurveda actually recommends receiving a massage from anywhere between once a day to once a week as a way of encouraging deep relaxation and detoxification.
Learn more about how you can incorporate Ayurveda in your physical well-being by reading our blog ‘Ayurveda Massage Guide’.
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Ayurvedic Haircare Products
Ayurveda can even make its way into your daily hair care regimen and it is as effortless as switching out your shampoo and conditioner. Ayurvedic hair care focuses on using all natural ingredients with lightweight formulas to enhance your hair's existing natural beauty. Instead of weighing it down with chemicals, your hair will glow with natural shine and body. The nutrient dense formula and unique combination of botanicals will not only reawaken your hair, but will provide a sensual experience that will awaken your mind and spirit too.
For more information you can read our blog post ‘How to Create an Ayurvedic Hair Care Regimen’ here.Shop Mauli’s Ayurvedic Hair Care Products here.