Today, a large part of population is suffering mentally as well as physically. Improper sleep, gas, constipation, stress, anxiety, depression, fear, anger, laziness, fatigue, mood swings and a lot more.But why? Whats the root cause of all the problems? What are the factors that we should be more focused on?How can we achieve a happy, healthy life.How diet and lifestyle,that we often ignore, have great impact on us?
Humans, superior of all known creatures, designed to adapt quickly or make things in its favour.Blessed with a powerful body and mind, that can heal itself , work in extreme conditions and has strength/capability that no one can imagine.But only if we understand and take good care of it.Even an expensive car can’t go long without proper maintenance.A building can’t stand if its foundation is weak.Life would be miserable if we don’t pay attention to body and mind.
To learn how to balance the body, mind and consciousness, requires an understanding of how vata, pitta and kapha work together.
The entire cosmos is an interplay of the energies of the five great elements—Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth.Vata, pitta and kapha are combinations and permutations of these five basic elements, also known as “DTosha” in sanskrit.Ayurveda identifies these doshas as energy or functional principles that are present in everyone in different proportion.
- Vata:Vata is the subtle energy associated with movement — composed of Space and Air. It governs breathing, blinking, muscle and tissue movement, pulsation of the heart, and all movements in the cytoplasm and cell membranes. In balance, vata promotes creativity and flexibility. Out of balance, vata produces fear and anxiety.
- Pitta:Pitta expresses as the body’s metabolic system — made up of Fire and Water. It governs digestion, absorption, assimilation, nutrition, metabolism and body temperature. In balance, pitta promotes understanding and intelligence. Out of balance, pitta arouses anger, hatred and jealousy.
- Kapha:Kapha is the energy that forms the body’s structure — bones, muscles, tendons — and provides the “glue” that holds the cells together, formed from Earth and Water. Kapha supplies the water for all bodily parts and systems. It lubricates joints, moisturizes the skin, and maintains immunity. In balance, kapha is expressed as love, calmness and forgiveness. Out of balance, it leads to attachment, greed and envy.
According to Ayurveda all life must be supported by energy in balance. When there is minimal stress and the flow of energy within a person is balanced, the body’s natural defense systems will be strong and can more easily defend against disease.Just as everyone has a unique fingerprint, each person has a particular pattern of energy.Although each human body is composed of all the three doshas, each body has a different combination of them It is important to identify one’s dosha and then create a lifestyle that suits it.
You can follow the link to identify your predominant dosha:
Ayurveda divides a day into time cycles of doshas in which a particular dosha is predominent over others and we can take full advantange of it to build a healthy and happy life.
For example: Pitta predominates at 10Am-2Pm and 10Pm-2Am.So the time when sun is at peak that is around 12Pm our digestion works at its best so we should have the largest meal of the day @12Pm.Likewise during night pitta determined organs like liver,spleen etc needs to be repaired so we should not have any food for digestion otherwise all energy would be consumed in digestion process and our organs would get weaken, thats why it is recommended to have dinner before sunset.