Week 1: Ayurveda and the Elements
ancient Indian "science of life" called Ayurveda explains that human
beings, like the Universe, are made up of each of the five elements
(air, space, fire, water and earth) and the Soul. Therefore, our bodies
are a microcosm of the Universe within itself.
How are these elements expressed in our bodies? Air is inhaled during
breathing, it pumps the blood through our system to keep us alive. Space
is in the hollow cavities of the body, and we require space to move
around. Fire is a part of our digestive system that helps to break down
the food we eat and burn calories to give us energy. Water composes
about two-thirds of our body, and we need water to survive. Earth is in
our bones and our vital minerals that keep us healthy.
These elements, in their biological form, are known as doshas: Vata,
Pitta and Kapha. Vata is made up of a combination of Air and Space.
Pitta is a combination of Fire and Water. Kapha is made up of a
combination of Earth and Water.
Every activity and function of our mind and body is dependent upon the balanced or unbalanced state of our doshas.
Because we all have all of the elements in our bodies, we all have
each of the doshas as well. But every one of us is born with a unique,
individual balance of these doshas. So, no two of us are alike! The idea
is to find what our own special combination of doshas is, and to work
to keep in balance so that we stay in radiant health, mentally,
emotionally, and physically.Take the Dosha Quiz to Find Out Your Dosha