An Introduction to Ayurveda

What is Ayureda?

Ayurveda, also known as the science of life, has its roots in ancient Vedic literature. It encompasses the entirety of human life; body, mind and spirit.
Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word. It derives from the words “ayus”, meaning life, and “veda”, meaning knowledge.


The focus within Ayurveda is prevention rather than treatment. Ayurveda teaches all living beings should live in harmony with nature in order to survive. Prevention occurs when you adapt to a lifestyle that is in harmony with the changing cycles of nature. From eating seasonally, to not skipping meals and eating when your digestive system is most active, Ayurveda also takes into consideration what exercises to do, when to go to bed and when to wake up.


The philosophy also sees a relationship between mind and body. Ayurveda teaches that the mind influences the body. For example, when you have an upsetting thought for a long time, this will cause a certain emotion. This emotion can influence the way the body functions.

In a way, when you take care of your mind with rest and meditation, you also take care of your body.

The doshas.

In Ayurveda there are three basic mind-body types, also known as doshas. The doshas are called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each dosha has elements linked to them. Vata contains the elements ether and air, Pitta contains the elements water and fire, Kapha contains the elements water and earth.


Each person consists of these three doshas. However, we all have our own dominating doshas.  For example, Vata types tend to move and think quickly, are slim, and have a high metabolism. They often have dry skin and cold hands and feet. Their qualities are similar to winter and therefore are considered a winter type. Winter is also known as Vata season.


Pitta types tend to be competitive and hot-tempered. They have a medium build, and are prone to heartburn, inflammatory diseases and burn out. Their qualities resemble summer and are known as summer types. Summer is called Pitta season.


Kapha types tend to be charming, they have difficulties with change and are heavier in build. They hold more water and are prone to develop allergies and congestion. They contain the properties of spring and are known as spring types. Spring is also known as Kapha season.


In the end, these doshas can make ten different combinations. When you know what your dosha is, you know how to adapt your lifestyle to live in harmony with it. This may prevent disease and offer long-term health.


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*Note that this test is based on a general digital test and can provide you with an overview of what your primary dosha could be. If you want 100% accuracy, we recommend to visit an Ayurvedic doctor to determine your constitution. The result can resemble your type but is not a resemblance of your current imbalance.