Ayurveda - The Science of LifE


Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultation


Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India. Tibetan medicine and traditional Chinese Medicine both have their roots in Ayurveda. Early Greek medicine also embraced many concepts originally described in the classical Ayurvedic medical texts dating back thousands of years.


More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vital while realizing their full human potential. Providing guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, behavior and the proper use of our senses, Ayurveda reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit.


Recognizing that human beings are part of nature, Ayurveda describes three fundamental energies that govern our inner and outer environments: movement, transformation, and structure. Known in Sanskrit as Vata (Wind), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha (Earth), these primary forces are responsible for the characteristics of our mind and body. Each of us has a unique proportion of these three forces that shapes our nature. If Vata is dominant in our system, we tend to be thin, light, enthusiastic, energetic, and changeable. If Pitta predominates in our nature, we tend to be intense, intelligent, and goal-oriented and we have a strong appetite for life. When Kapha prevails, we tend to be easy-going, methodical, and nurturing. Although each of us has all three forces, most people have one or two elements that predominate.


For each element, there is a balanced and imbalance expression. When Vata is balanced, a person is lively and creative, but when there is too much movement in the system, a person tends to experience anxiety, insomnia, dry skin, constipation, and difficulty focusing. When Pitta is functioning in a balanced manner, a person is warm, friendly, disciplined, a good leader, and a good speaker. When Pitta is out of balance, a person tends to be compulsive and irritable and may suffer from indigestion or an inflammatory condition. When Kapha is balanced, a person is sweet, supportive, and stable but when Kapha is out of balance, a person may experience sluggishness, weight gain, and sinus congestion.


An important goal of Ayurveda is to identify a person's ideal state of balance, determine where they are currently out of balance, and offer solutions using diet, aromatherapy, meditation, asana, and Ayurvedic massage treatments if possible to reestablish a state of balance. Our simple questionnaire can help determine your Prakriti (innate state) and Vrkruti (current state).


Doshas
According to Ayurveda, each of us inherits a unique mix of three mind/body principles which creates our specific mental and physical characteristics. These three principles are called doshas. Most of us have one or two doshas which are most lively in our nature, with the remaining one(s) less significant. The three doshas are known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

The Three Doshas are Known as Vata, Pitta, & Kapha
If we are predominantly Vata, we tend to be thin, light and quick in our thoughts and actions. Change is a constant part of our lives. When Vata is balanced, we are creative, enthusiastic and lively. But if Vata becomes excessive or out of balance, we may develop anxiety, insomnia, and experience irregular digestion.

If the Pitta dosha is most lively in our nature, we tend to be muscular, smart and determined. When in balance, Pitta's are warm, intelligent, and natural leaders.  When Pitta becomes excessive or out of balance, we become critical, irritable, and even aggressive.

If we have mostly Kapha in our nature, we tend to have a heavier frame, think and move more leisurely and are stable and reliable. When balanced, Kapha's are calm, sweet-natured, and loyal. When excessive or out of balance, Kapha's tend to gain weight, feel congested, and can be considerd stubborn.

Using the principles of Ayurveda, we can identify our mind/body nature and use this understanding to make the most nourishing choices in our lives. It is common for people to have a blend of characteristics and usually one will tend to be dominate.


One on One Ayurvedic Consultation Session with Paula Foxx


Your initial consultation of 60 minutes consists of a detailed discussion and exploration of your current state of healh. This includes our Ayurvedic questionnaire, lifestyle and diet habits, yoga and meditation recommendations, and a 15 minute phone follow-up in 2 weeks. 


Cost:

Initial Consultation $50.00

Follow-Up Consultations $45.00 (recommended every 8 weeks)


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Please email Paula at: paula@gratitudeyogatexas.com


Recommended Reading:

  • Prakriti by Dr. Robert Svoboda
  • Ayurveda, The Science of Self-Healing by Dr. Vasant Lad
  • Yoga & Ayurveda by William Frawley
  • The Book of Ayurveda by Judith Morrison