AYURVEDA for Balance | Fall 2017
Summer is the season of Pitta dosha which is governed by the elements, water + fire. We are now moving into Vata season, governed by the elements, air + ether. It is at these pivotal junctures that we are most vulnerable for creating imbalance in our bodies. Like the planet, our bodies hang in delicate homeostasis, there are many external factors that can disrupt this balance.
These external factors are termed parinama samyoga- temporal factors. These external factors include: passage of time, seasonal changes, life and cycle changes.
It is during this time that it is most critical that we follow a diet that decreases the accumulation of dosha, before it enters deeper layers of tissue.
In Fall, this diet is primarily based in local seasonal, organic vegetables like, root vegetables squashes and green leafy vegetables that are rich, unctuous, and deeply grounding. (**see food list, left)
Ayurveda is the oldest continuously practiced medicine, it remains relevant because it aligns with the planetary and seasonal movements that govern our macrocosm, as well as ,the smaller rhythms that govern our daily lives.
The primary aim of Ayurveda is to avoid disease through preventative practices, in Ayurveda the term disease state has a much broader definition than in western medicine. A disease state, according to Ayurveda is a state of imbalance that begins as an accumulation of too much of one or two elements in the body.
The way to overcome accumulation in the body is to be mindful of three factors: KALA- time of day and year, ARTHA- too much or too little use of the sense organs, and KARMA- actions and activities that pertain to right action of mind, body and speech.
We avoid imbalance by adhering to the right diet, lifestyle and whenever necessary the use of herbs as preventative and reparative medicine. These are the three pillars of health.
The Three Pillars of Health:
ABNORMAL STATES OF THE DOSAS (vata, pitta, kapha), DHATUS (tissues) & MALAS (waste products):
SIGNS OF INCREASED VATA DOSHA IN THE BODY:
- Temples hollow
- blackish/grayish/ashen discoloration in the skin- circles under the eyes
- Joints prominent
- Abnormality, tics, tremors, roll shoulders, turn head, antsy, quivering lips, spasms/fine tremors in the muscles, heart palpitations etc. end of the range, epilepsy, Parkinson's
- Constipation- painful, dry, hard, infrequent, ease of transit and/or frequency changes.
- Loss of sense, poor taste perception, loss of feeling, tinnitus,insomnia -vata governs the 5 senses
- Meals and sleep, three hours before bed
- Excess talking is a vrddhi lakshana of vata, content irrelevant.
- Higher mental function- confusion, not really understanding things, cognitive impairment, not fully understanding things
- Joint and muscle pain- warm sesame, mahanarayan oil, castor oil
- Emotions- anxiety, fear, restlessness (physically and mentally) impending doom, self conscious, people are judging them,
SIGN OF DECREASED VATA IN THE BODY:
- Aversion to talking
- Loss of appetite
- Hyper salivation
If your interested in learning more about taking control of your health and avoiding the onset of illness, learning Ayurveda and having private instruction on cooking meals for your constitution or current imbalance, book a session with me.