Ayurveda 101

by Jenn Bodnar | June 8, 2014 11:30 am

Ayurveda in it’s most basic translation, means the science of life and longevity. It has been practiced for over 5,000 years by ancient healers, long before MRI’s and penicillin entered our world. It is still practiced today, becoming more popular and even mainstream by health and wellness advocates. Essential oils have now become a multi-billion dollar industry and chances are someone on your street is selling them Mary Kay style.

Many of our modern day medical treatments are rooted in ayurvedic practice. Ayurveda aims for harmony and balance with self healing practices like yoga and meditation, diet and other lifestyle choices. There are three primary energies combining our physical, emotional and mental traits. If you have ever wondered why certain foods, scents and atmospheres are more appealing to you and some are not, it could have everything to do with your genetic and cosmic make up, or dosha. Here’s a brief description of each of the three Doshas:  Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

It only takes a few minutes to complete a dosha quiz. Knowing your primary, secondary and least prominent doshas will help you make lifestyle choices that create balance in you mind, body and spirit.  This  knowledge can help ward off discomfort, disease and illness in a safe and natural way!

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