AYURVEDIC PRINCIPLES

Ayurveda identifies three basic types of energy or functional principles that are present in everyone and everything. Since there are no single English translations to convey these concepts, we use the original Sanskrit words Vata, Pitta, and Kapha to describe these doshas. 

In Ayurveda, body + mind + consciousness work together in maintaining balance. They are simply viewed as different facets of one's being. To learn how to balance the body + mind + consciousness, one must have an understanding of how Vata, Pitta, and Kapha work together. 

Energy is required to create movement so that fluids and nutrients get to the cells, enabling the body to function. Energy is also required to metabolize the nutrients in the cells, and is called for to lubricate and maintain the structure of the cell.

According to Ayurvedic philosophy, the entire cosmos is an interplay of the energies of the five great elements - space, air, fire, water, and earth.

VATA, PITTA AND KAPHA ARE COMBINATIONS + PERMUTATIONS OF THESE FIVE ELEMENTS THAT MANIFEST AS PATTERNS PRESENT IN ALL CREATION.  In the physical body, Vata is the subtle energy of movement, Pitta is the energy of digestion and metabolism, and Kapha is the energy that forms the body's structure. Each person has an individual constitution with varying degrees of each dosha, one being primary. 

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Kapha dosha collection

The energy that forms the body's structure - bones, muscles, tendons - and provides the "glue" that holds the cells together, formed from earth + water. 

Kapha supplies the water for all bodily parts + systems. It lubricates joints + moisturizes the skin + maintains immunity. 

In balance, Kapha is expressed as love + calmness + forgiveness

Out of balance, it leads to attachment + greed + envy

pitta dosha collection

Pitta expresses as the body's metabolic system - made up of fire + water.

It governs digestion + absorption + assimilation + nutrition + metabolism + body temperature.

In balance, Pitta promotes understanding + intelligence

Out of balance, Pitta arouses anger + hatred + jealousy

vata dosha collection

Vata is the subtle energy associated with movement - composed of space + air.

It governs breathing + blinking + muscle and tissue movement + pulsation of the heart + all movements of the cytoplasm and cell membranes.

In balance, Vata promotes creativity + flexibility

Out of balance, Vata produces fear + anxiety

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