• Ayurveda Fundamentals

    What is kapha dosha?

    If you read either of my previous articles about “What is Vata Dosha?” or “What is Pitta Dosha? then you are already familiar with what a dosha is according to Ayurvedic science and Samkhya philosophy. If you have not had the chance, let me give a brief explanation. A dosha is simply an expression of the five elements (ether, air, fire, water, earth). A dosha is not a physical thing, but merely a means of understanding the elements working within the human body. The human body is made and constructed in nature and is therefore directly related to the five elements. There are three doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha. All…

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    Ayurveda Fundamentals

    What is Pitta Dosha?

    If you read my article about “What is Vata Dosha?” then you are already familiar with what a dosha is according to Ayurvedic science and Samkhya philosophy. If not, let me briefly explain… A dosha is simply an expression of the five elements (ether, air, fire, water, earth). A dosha is not a physical thing, but merely a means of understanding the elements working within the human body. The human body is made and constructed in nature and is therefore directly related to the five elements. So what is pitta dosha anyway? Are you pitta dosha dominant? Pitta dosha is one of the three doshas present in nature. The other…

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    Ayurveda Fundamentals

    What is Vata Dosha?

    The three doshas play a very important role in Ayurveda and Samkhya philosophy. They exist to provide an expression of the five elements (pancha mahabhutas) at play in nature. The three doshas are vata, pitta, and kapha and all three are vital energies present in everything in nature. The doshic balance is different in each person and is determined at the point of conception. In the following article I will be going into detail about what vata dosha is and why it is important to us. So what exactly is vata dosha? First I must start by saying that you are not actually your primary dosha(s). It is simply a…

  • Ayurveda Fundamentals

    It’s All About Balance – What are Prakruti and Vikruti?

    Ayurveda is built on the belief that harmonious function between the body, mind and spirit is not only possible, but what ultimately leads to true health. This cooperation stems from a balanced constitution. If the last statement leaves you wondering what the heck I am talking about, please read the article below to discover one of the most important principles in Ayurveda. Life is primarily about finding your healthy balance and answering the following question: What is my constitution? Ayurveda, living a life of “balance” Now, there are any number of things I could be talking about in terms of balance. Do you have a balanced work/home life? Have you…

  • Ayurveda Fundamentals,  Getting Started

    What is Dinacharya?

    As mentioned in my previous post, Ayurveda for Beginners – An Ancient System of Health and Healing, creating a Dinacharya or daily routine is crucial in the success of your overall Ayurvedic transformation. So what is Dinacharya? Let’s find out! Diving into Dinacharya Dinacharya, literally meaning “daily routine”, is a foundational concept in Ayurveda. Ayurveda outlines six different cycles over the course of a twenty-four-hour period broken up by dosha type. Hence, it is no surprise that the qualities of each dosha are pronounced during each respective cycle. The main premise is that the use of a routine in alignment with these cycles creates balance amongst the mind, body and…