Ayurveda Consultations

Ayurveda is one of the world's oldest whole-body healing systems. It is thousands of years old and originates from India and is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a balance between the mind, body, and spirit. The primary focus of Ayurvedic medicine is to promote good health, rather than fight disease, however treatments may be recommended for specific health problems.

Ayurveda

Ayurveda is one of the world's oldest whole-body healing systems. It is thousands of years old and originates from India and is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a balance between the mind, body, and spirit. The primary focus of Ayurvedic medicine is to promote good health, rather than fight disease, however treatments may be recommended for specific health problems.

According to Ayurvedic theories, everything in the universe is connected. Good health is achieved when your mind, body, and spirit are in harmony with the universe. A disruption of this harmony can lead to poor health and sickness.

Anything that affects your physical, emotional or spiritual well-being can cause you to be out of balance with the universe. Things that can cause a disruption to our balance:

  • Lifestyle
  • Climate and seasonal changes
  • Age
  • Emotions
  • Genetic or birth defects

How your body works and your unique physical and psychological characteristics combine to form your body's constitution (prakriti). Your prakriti is believed to stay the same for your whole life. However, it can be influenced by how you live your life, digest food and eliminate waste.

Every person is made of a combination of five basic elements found in the universe:

  • Ether
  • Air
  • Fire
  • Water
  • Earth

These elements combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called doshas. They control how your body works. The three doshas are:

  • Vata (Ether & air)
  • Pitta (fire and water)
  • Kapha (water and earth)

Everyone inherits a unique mix of the three doshas, however one dosha is usually more dominant than the others and each dosha controls a different bodily function. It is believed that getting sick is linked to the imbalance of your doshas.

Ayurveda

Vata Dosha is said to be the most powerful of all three doshas. It controls very basic body functions, such as how cells divide. It also controls:

  • Mind
  • Breathing
  • Blood flow
  • Heart function
  • Ability to get rid of bodily waste through the intestines

Things that can disrupt this dosha are:

  • Eating too soon after meals
  • Eating dry fruit
  • Staying up too late
  • Grief
  • Fear

If Vata dosha is your dominate life force, you are more susceptible to:

  • Asthma disorders
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Heart diseases
  • Arthritis
  • Skin issues such as eczema
  • dry or chapped skin
  • Gas, bloating, constipation
  • interrupted sleep
  • dislike of cold or wind

Pitta Dosha controls:

  • Digestion
  • Ability to break down foods (metabolism)
  • Certain hormones linked to appetite

Things that can disrupt this dosha are:

  • Eating spicy foods
  • Eating sour foods
  • Fatigue
  • Over exposure to the sun

If Pitta dosha is your main life force, you are more likely to develop:

  • Anger and negative emotions
  • Excessive Agni (too much fire in the belly)
  • Heart disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Heartburn after eating
  • High blood pressure
  • Redness/Infections

Kapha Dosha controls:

  • Muscle growth
  • Body strength and stability
  • Weight
  • Immune system

Things that can disrupt this dosha are:

  • Daytime napping/sleeping
  • Eating after you are full
  • Eating/drinking things that have too much salt
  • Eating excessive sweet foods
  • Greed

If Kapha dosha is your main life force, you are more likely to develop:

  • Asthma and other breathing disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Nausea after eating
  • Obesity
  • Cancer

At your first consultation your primary dosha will be determined along with the balance amongst the other doshas. This consultation will include:

  • Checking your weight
  • Discussion in relation to your urine, bowel movements and stools
  • Feeling your pulse (each dosha creates a unique pulse)
  • Looking at your eyes, teeth, tongue and skin
  • Listening to your speech and voice

You will be asked questions about your:

  • Lifestyle
  • Diet
  • Ability to recover from an illness
  • Behaviours
  • Sleep
  • Medical history, including recent illnesses, medications, vitamins

In the days following your consultation a summary will be prepared for you providing you with a detailed explanation of your dosha/s, and recommendations to assist in balancing any imbalances for optimal health.

Prices: $60

*Ayurveda consultations are also provided and included in yoga therapy.

For a more detailed introduction and guide to Ayurveda please read the attached article written by Vasant Lad.