Ayurveda- Know your Body Constitution
The knowledge of Ayurveda was passed orally through a lineage of sages in India until it was collated into text more than five thousand years ago. The oldest known texts on Ayurveda are the Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, and the Ashtanga Hrudaya. These texts detail the affect that the five elements found in the cosmic system – earth, water, air, fire, space – have on our individual system, and expound on the importance of keeping these elements balanced for a healthy and happy life.
Ayurveda gives us a model to look at each individual as a unique makeup of the three doshas and to thereby design treatment protocols that specifically address a persons health challenges. When any of the doshas become accumulated, Ayurveda will suggest specific lifestyle and nutritional guidelines to assist the individual in reducing the dosha that has become excessive.
- Vata dosha, in which the air and space elements dominate
- Pitta dosha, in which the fire element dominates
- Kapha dosha, in which the earth and water elements dominate
The dosha affects not just the shape of one’s body but also bodily tendencies (like food preferences and digestion), and the temperament of one’s mind and emotions. For example, the earth element in people with Kapha dosha is evident in their solid, sturdy body type, their tendency for slower digestion, their strong memory, and their emotional steadiness.
By understanding the qualities of our natural constitution we are better able to do what is needed to keep ourselves in balance.
- Course Content
- Introduction of Ayurveda
- Definition of Sarira(Body
- Salient Features of Ayurveda
- Basic principles of ayurved
- The Pancha Mahabhutas
- The Tri Gunas
- The Tri Dosha
- The Sapta Dhatus
- The Tri Malas
- Body constitution- Prakriti
- Diagnose your constitution
- The Qualities of the Three Doshas
- Food choice according to Constitution