The Three Ayurvedic Doshas
In recent times, especially after Covid-19, we all are looking for a medium that can connect and bring soundness to our physical, mental, spiritual, and social being. We all are looking to have and to give bigger meaning to our lives, with more value and respect. And to do so, “Ayurveda” can be a major support and “a path to take, which blends our modern and ever-changing lifestyles, with ancient wisdom on natural herbs and medicines that restore and balance us and our presence, with our mind, body, and soul.” As, Ayurveda is a medicinal practice, better known as a “mother of all healing” that has very long, historic roots of over 5000 years, originated from the Indian subcontinent, and is derived from the Sanskrit words i.e. “Ayur” which means “life” and “Veda” which means “knowledge or science”. Thus, Ayurveda stands to be defined as “knowledge of life”.
The concept of Ayurveda interconnects the constitution of a body (Prakriti) and life forces (Doshas) that stimulate to create better consciousness and improve the sense of being of an individual. In a more specific form, Ayurveda focuses to heal the entire body and create a more natural tone to it, by rejuvenating our dosha, a type of bodily energy pattern that flows around our bodies, governing our thinking and behavior, and accordingly, determining our personality and health. Mainly, doshas are balanced in three forms, “Vata-Pitta-Kapha”. Each of the doshas holds some sort of energy and elements that defines our characteristics (our sense of being). Frist, Vata represents air and space, which is the movement of energy that embodies strengths like quick learning ability, creativity, multi-tasking, flexibility, and liveliness.
Likewise, Pitta represents fire and water, which is associated with a little tenacious personality, as it holds to embody decisiveness, intelligence, natural leading capacity, self-determination, purposeful, and hard work. Kapha is another dosha that is based on earth and water and is described with steady, slow, calm, grounded, and loyal characteristics. Though, there are various other forms and ways that can define and represent the energies that govern us, as “each person has their own unique constitution.” Yet, eventually in a broader form, “everyone ends up falling under these three doshas- vata, pitta, and Kapha” due to our individual personality and sensitivities, which is according to Ayurveda, are more significant as they represent each of the core elements of our universe, i.e., air, earth, space, water, and fire.
Since the “time of human civilization to the advent of Buddhism in Tibet (961 B.C.), Tibetans have been practicing Ayurveda i.e., Tibetan Medicine that they believed helped them maintain their doshas and bring more calmness, perseverance, and dignity in life.” The culture of Tibetan Medicines has been practiced by various monks and lamas, which is still significant at the present as well, as His Holiness the (14th)
Dalai Lama preserves and promotes the Tibetan Medicines, as a part of the culture and identity of Tibet and Buddhism, which is further followed by millions of his disciples.
Overall, Ayurveda is a natural form of utilizing the resources and energy that we find in our universe, provided by mother earth, for our well-being. It is not formulated with highly infected chemicals, nor is it processed to give any sort of side effects, rather, it is there to revive the aroma and the energy to bring balance in our lives, in terms of our physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being. It is the ancient healing recipe practiced for centuries by the yogic gurus, monks, lamas, and other highly enlightened leaders, who aimed to bring tranquility and serenity in every individuals’ life. Thus, we should, or at least can try a little to indulge in some of the Ayurveda practices to channelize our doshas and rejuvenate our energies for better lives. And, to support this NepaCrafts provides you with various resources like the "Himalayan Pitta Aromatic amulet", “Ayurvedic Formula Kapha Aromatic Pillow”, and “Tibetan Plant Ancient Incense Series” to make our Ayurveda journey more easy, transferable, and complying.
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