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Your Guide to Ayurveda

Learn the Secret of Sustaining Good Health

The ultimate aim of Ayurveda is to seek, create, and maintain balance.

Ayurveda is an ancient Vedic practice and one of India’s oldest medicines, originating more than 5,000 years ago. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means ‘The Science of Life’ and is the sister science of yoga.

Also called the Mother of Healing, Ayurveda’s practice is rooted in the prevention of illness through balance and reflection on each individual’s diet, thoughts, relationships, environment, and activities. 

The ultimate aim of Ayurveda is to seek, create, and maintain balance; when we’re in a state of equilibrium, inner harmony is achieved. Observing and attuning our sleep patterns, diet, exercise, relationships— all the ways we consume and come into contact with the world—in such a way that strives for balance maximizes our potential to feel good and take care of ourselves.

When we feel good about ourselves, we’re better able to take care of others and the world around us. 

Many factors contribute to the individual’s overall health, including environment, seasons, relationships, diet, exercise, habits, trauma, work, and stress. These factors affect our constitution and how we feel; they can create balance or disorder.

Each constitution is unique based on the lifestyle and life choices of the individual. Balance and disorders depend based on the constitution of the person. A person’s constitution is made up of three unique energies called doshas in Ayurveda: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.  

The Doshas

Each person has a unique blend of these three energies. The three energies are made up of the five great elements: air, ether, fire, water, and ether.

A person’s constitution is dynamic and changes depending on many variables, including age, environment, mood, diet, activities, and relationships. 

Understanding which of the three energies are present and how to balance them elevates our awareness of staying present and open to new life experiences. We want the energies to keep moving and flow to mimic the vibrant world around us.

Ayurveda honours the simple rule that life is always changing, and the way to celebrate the flux is to continually adapt the lifestyle and diet to the shifts we perceive. 

The right question to ask is, what am I feeling right now?

The final word: don’t get attached to your dosha since it will change as you age.

Imbalances of the Doshas

The doshas are governed by specific elements and activities. To create balance and come back to a state of equilibrium, Ayurveda holds: like attracts like, and opposite heals. If the person has an over-abundance of one of the doshas, activities, and diet opposite from the primary constitution create balance. 

Choose from one of three dosha balancing collections:

Eating For Your Dosha

Food has a profound effect on the body and the brain, more so than the activities we choose. Switching up what we eat to suit our constitution is one of the fundamental attributes of leading an Ayurvedic lifestyle. 

We created three unique Nutrition Booklets to explore the diet for each of the doshas. Make yummy meals for yourself or your loved ones to satiate the flavor profiles associated with your constitution, and learn about the foods that stimulate or aggravate each of the doshas. 

Gut health is essential to maintaining proper health. By choosing the right foods and flavor profiles, you have the opportunity to boost your body’s immunity and give yourself all the essential nutrients you need.

Learn about your dosha with our Ayurveda Guides

In each booklet, you’ll find:

  • Personality profiles for you to see which dosha you align with the most.
  • Activities such as yoga to achieve balance
  • The foods to eat and foods to avoid.
  • Dietary considerations. 
  • Elements: air + ether.
  • Governed by movement, creativity, flexibility, vision, space, and sound.
  • In harmony, Vata is inspired and inclusive.
  • Out of balance, Vata is anxious, fearful, and flighty. 
  • Elements: air + fire.
  • Governed by digestion, metabolism, direction, absorption, assimilation, and intelligence.
  • In harmony, Pitta is a leader and advocate.
  • Out of balance, Pitta is angry, resistant, and jealous.
  • Elements: earth + water.
  • Governed by structure, stability, patience, compassion, nurturance, and immunity.
  • In harmony, Kapha is loving and vulnerable.
  • Out of balance, Kapha is lethargic, withdrawn, and greedy. 

Yoga to Balance the Doshas

The Ayurveda Playlist is comprised of yoga classes and meditations that help to balance the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, & Kapha).

Take a look at the collections to see the yoga, meditation, mantras, and slower practices to soothe imbalances in each of the doshas. 

Classes that ground the over-excitement and angst associated with Vata.
  • Ganesha Mantra
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Quick Chill – Restorative Yoga
  • Back Release – Hatha Yoga
  • Get Ready for Bed – Yin Yoga
  • Stay Low – Hatha Yoga
  • Mudra Meditation
Classes to stimulate the inner flame and digestive fires to clear stagnant energy and lethargy.
  • Ignite – Vinyasa
  • Fire Flow – Vinyasa
  • Shiva Mantra
  • Space through Strength – Slow Flow
  • Super Duper Power – Vinyasa
  • Pranayama Meditation
  • Unfurl Your Peacock Tail – Vinyasa
Classes to soothe the intensity of Pitta while gently stimulating the inner fire.
  • Beauty Within & Without – Vinyasa
  • Ocean Meditation
  • Fluid Power – Vinyasa
  • Creative Flow.- Vinyasa
  • Saraswati Mantra
  • Go with the Flow – Vinyasa
  • Keep it Moving – Vinyasa

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Interviews with Ayurveda Therapists

We interviewed three Ayurveda Therapists and one Japanese Acupuncturins who provided recipes, tools, and simple practices, to help you learn more about the body’s physical and subtle energy systems.

In this interview with yoga teacher, author, and Ayurveda Therapist Ali Cramer, you’ll discover more on: 

  • The five elements and how they relate to the doshas.
  • How to nourish the doshas and rules for living Ayurveda.
  • Aligning with the seasons and Yama Damstrao
  • Why we seek things that throw us out of balance.
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In this interview with yoga teacher and Ayurveda Therapist Insiya Finn, you’ll discover more on: 

  • Comfort foods versus nourishing foods.
  • Ayurveda to heal from postpartum.
  • Dinacharya; honouring ritual through Ayurveda.
  • Simple practices to do every day to be in optimal health.
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In this interview with yoga teacher and Ayurveda Therapist Maria Garre, you’ll discover more on: 

  • Tips to stay healthy during covid.
  • Ways to strengthen our digestive fire and optimize gut health.
  • Cooking for various constitutions; a Tridoshic perspective on meals.
  • Teas to drink every day to pacify each dosha.
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In this interview with TCM Practitioner and Japanese Acupuncturist Alix Jean, you’ll discover more on: 

  • Traditional Chinese versus Japanese Acupuncture.
  • Fascia; what it is and why it’s important.
  • How emotions correspond to the body’s organs.
  • Common injuries related to stress.
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Additional Resources

  1. Cleansing Recipes by Ali Cramer, including Tridoshic recipes if you’re cooking for multiple people!

  2. Maria Garre’s Nasya technique. Nasya is an Ayurvedic practice of massaging oil inside of the nose. Nasya also supports mucosal immunity.

  3. Maria Garre’s recipe for Trikatu with equal amounts of dried ginger, black pepper, and long pepper.
    Combine those three ingredients in equal proportions and make a mixture.
    Take a little Trikatu with honey on a spoon during the rainy season and put it in your mouth with a bit of warm weather to wash it down. It’s great to take after you eat as a little dessert, which will burn anything in the GI tract.

  4. Insiya’s simple practices to start the day:
  • Splash the face with cold water.
  • Scrape the tongue to remove the previous day’s accumulation of toxins from the tongue and stimulate the digestive system.
  • Drink a cup of warm water with lemon.
  • Light abhyanga massage with sesame oil. 
  • Yoga practice, even if it’s five sun salutations or seated poses, twists, something to get the energy moving. 
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Morning Chai Recipe

“I love this tea for not only heating my body but also for stimulating my Agni, spiritual and digestive fire.” – Clara Roberts-Oss.

 
Ingredients:
  • 5 black tea bags
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tbsp whole black pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup/honey
  • 2 cups of (almond) milk
Preparation:
  • Grind up the spices with a spoon.
  • Bring 6 cups of water to a boil and add spices and ginger.
  • Set to medium heat and boil for 10-min.
  • Turn off heat and add tea bags and steep for 5 min
  • Add milk and sweetener

Ayurveda Quiz Results

In November 2020, we sent out an Ayurveda Quiz that received over 1,000 responses! We gathered some of the data from the quiz to explore how the Ayurvedic constitutions are present within our global community and examine the multifaceted ways we experience stress and celebrate emotions. 

The infographic captures the quiz results and the solutions to living a more harmonious lifestyle by understanding each dosha. Your constitution varies from moment to moment; what you’re working with today may differ from how you felt yesterday. Ayurveda teaches us to examine the internal and external factors contributing to our lifestyle—from what we eat to the weather outside and how we interact with those we love. 

The quiz and all results were gathered to shed insight on how to live an Ayurvedic lifestyle. Please consult an Ayurvedic Doctor to learn more about your constitution and how to work with your results. 

Ayurveda Infographic

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