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Ayurveda | The Science of Life

An Ancient System of Health & Self Care

Ayur means “life”
Veda means “knowledge”

The sanskrit word Ayurveda translates to
The Science or Knowledge of Life.
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The Pillars of Ayurveda

In Ayurvedic science, our health converges in three pillars—food to nourish our mind and fuel our body, sleep to restore and replenish our reserves, and energy to drive us forward with intention. Optimal health can only be achieved when these three pillars are in harmony.

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Food

Digestion & Assimilation

Proper diet, digestion, and elimination are imperative to optimum health and wellbeing. Eating mindfully and choosing appropriate foods for your constitution is essential.

Sleep

Quality & Quantity

Rest is essential to healing. Not enough sleep, and recovery cannot happen. Too much sleep, and we become lethargic. Balance is the key.

Energy

Input & Output

Excess activity, sexual or otherwise, is depleting. Healthful routines reduce mental stress, expand our consciousness, and strengthen our immune system.
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What is Ayurveda?

To be of service to the world, we need to take care of The Self. Self care helps to optimize our health, prevent disease, and create longevity in life.

Ayurvedic Medicine is a medical science that originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It is a holistic (whole-body) healing system that takes the whole person into account. Basing it’s belief that health comes from the delicate balance between mind, body, and spirit, Ayurveda approaches health and well being from a stance of integrating the whole being. Physical. Mental. Emotional. & Spiritual aspects of a person.

This ancient tradition works with diet, herbal formulas, lifestyle, daily routine, stress prevention, sound/aroma/color therapy, and body oil treatments to support a person in their unique constitutional and genetic makeup.  Ayurveda helps individuals to achieve good health through rejuvenation and self-realization.

Ayurvedic Medicine also works to understand the deeper cause of disease and simple symptoms that can arise on a daily basis such as; constipation, loose stools, skin rashes, inflammation, congestion, headaches, anxiety, nervousness, anger, and depression.  

This holistic approach to health becomes a powerful tool to prevent illness and disease and creates longevity in a person’s life.

Instead of masking these symptoms with medications, injections, and creams; Ayurveda asks WHY? Why is this occurring in the first place? How can we understand it from both a physical and energetic place? How can we support this person in their overall lifestyle and better their health through what they eat, what they do, and what they direct their energy to.

Ayurveda provides basic practices for bettering our health and energy. Working with Ayurveda brings us back to the fundamental principles of everyday living.

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The Elements

We experience the world through our five senses.

Ayurveda recognizes that all things organic and inorganic are comprised of 5 basic elements that in turn influence and affect how we experience through our 5 senses.

Space. Air. Fire. Water. Earth.

These elements have a direct effect on how we digest our experiences through our 5 senses. These are the fundamental building blocks of nature and the way that we experience the world around us.

Better understanding the 5 elements and their primal energies of how they comprise the world around us, play out in our lives, and govern our minds and bodies allows us to return the power of our energies back into our own hands. By empowering ourselves through our own strength, knowledge, wisdom and the innate intelligence of the body, we open ourselves back up to our full potential.

These elements assist us into living a more enriched and energized life. We start to observe and see how these elements play out in our physiology, psychology, and the natural environment around us through the choices we make to create a healthier lifestyle.

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The Doshas

These doshas, called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are each comprised of 2 of the 5 elements. The doshas are energies which can directly influence or inhibit different qualities in an individual from the mind to the body. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha govern the responses, bodily functions, and personality characteristics of an individual from either a balanced or imbalanced state.

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Vata

Air & Ether

When Vata is at play and in balance a person is enthusiastic, inspired, dynamic, cheerful, happy, charismatic, easy going, playful, and adaptable.

Excess Vata in the mind and body creates worry, anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, dryness, a variable appetite, weight loss, gas, constipation, and even feeling cold.

Pitta is the fire that burns in all of us, like Tiki Torches in Hawaii.

Pitta

Fire & A Little Bit of Water

When Pitta is at play and in balance a person is energized, bright, quick-witted, sharp intellectually, determined, motivated, vibrant, and rich with ideas.

Excess Pitta creates jealousy, envy, agitation, a critical mind, short temper, consumed by perfectionism, acid indigestion, skin irritation, acne, loose stools, and feeling hot.

Kapha, rock and earth formation.

Kapha

Earth & Water

When Kapha is at play and in balance a person is compassionate, understanding, forgiving, steady, and supportive of others.

Excess Kapha creates depression, lack of motivation, foggy or stubborn thinking, feeling possessive, sluggishness, congestion, weight gain, large stool, and even water retention.

It is important to balance the natural elements of the world and become an active participant in your health and healing.

Following a serious ankle surgery, Kathryn played a crucial role in my road to recovery by teaching and helping me implement Ayurvedic practices. Learning through her engaging and concise teaching style, my healing process was exciting and rewarding. Kathryn’s passion is contagious so any time she elaborates on an Ayurvedic topic, it naturally deepens your understanding of the modalities and their applications. Working with Kathryn is a true treat and experiencing the benefits of her teachings is equally as enriching.

Marissa Wingo
San Francisco, CA

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