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  • 1. Ayurveda The Science of Life Traditional Indian Medicine from the Caraka Samhita
  • 2. Ayurveda  Ayur – “life”  Veda – “wisdom” / “science”  Mind - Body – Spirit  Health Equals BALANCE
  • 3. Yoga & Ayurveda
  • 4.  Prakriti - our basic nature or constitution  Vikriti- differentiation or degeneration from our constitution
  • 5. 5 Elements  Ether - nuclear energy  Air - electrical energy  Fire - radiant energy  Water - chemical energy  Earth- mechanical energy
  • 6. 3 Gunas  SATTVA: equips the individual with the ability for clarity, contentment & quiet (NATURAL STATE)  TAMAS: responsible for periods of confusion and deep sleep as well as inertia, cloudiness & sloth  RAJAS: causes movement, agitation & emotions. Driven by desire or discontent
  • 7. ( qualities )          Cold Wet Gross Dense Static Dull Soft Smooth Cloudy Hot Dry Subtle Light Mobile Sharp Hard Rough Clear
  • 8. 3 Doshas  Definition of dosha  Vata  Ether  Air  Pitta  Fire  Water  Kapha  Water  Earth
  • 9. Seven Body Types 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Vata Pitta Kapha Vatta-pitta Kapha-pitta Vata-kapha tridoshic
  • 10. Relationship of the Doshas
  • 11. Doshas in life  Time of day  Seasons  Lifecycle
  • 12. Times of Day
  • 13. Seasons Dosha Accumulates Aggravates Alleviates Kapha late winter spring summer Pitta late spring summer fall Vata late summer fall/winter spring
  • 14. Stages of life  Kapha - birth to onset of puberty  Pitta - puberty to age 50  Vata - 50 to death
  • 15. AGNI  “FIRE IN THE BELLY”  Digests food but also sense impressions, experience and emotions  Basis of health
  • 16. AMA  The residue of improperly digested food  Becomes a toxin - “am” in Sanskrit means to harm or to weaken.  Accumulation of ama is the root cause of disease  Diagnosis: based on observation of pulse, tongue, feet, hands, eyes and nails.-no lab!
  • 17. Diagnosis: Correspondences
  • 18. 7 Factors which Disrupt Harmony  Genetic  Congenital (to constitution)  Internal (prana intake)  External trauma  Seasonal (time of day as well)  Natural tendencies of habits (vasana)  Magnetic influences (planets-astrology)
  • 19. Treatments  Pancha Karma: fasting, herbal medicines & steam saunas, massagescleanse body of toxins  Dietary Changes based on properties of foods we eat  Kitchen Pharmacy: Herbs & Spices  Lifestyle Changes : routine, profession, hygiene  Yoga & other exercise  Abhyanaga: Self Massage Daily
  • 20. Putting it together, how to stay healthy  Lifestyle  MORNING          Wake early, preferably with the sun Drink some warm water upon arising Clean the teeth and the tongue Use a Neti Pot to rinse the sinuses and apply oil Meditate for at least 10 minutes Yoga practice for at least 30 minutes Pranayama (breath) Abhayanga (self massage with oil) Bathe with warm water, natural soap
  • 21. More…..  EVENING  Yoga or a walk for 20 -30 minutes before dinner  Do not eat for 3 hrs before bed  Avoid tv, computer etc in bed  Take warm milk with nutmeg to help you sleep
  • 22. General Eating Guidelines Eat in a quiet environment Eat sitting down Eat only when hungry Do not eat when emotionally upset or angry Take a moment to acknowledge the source of the food and express gratitude  TASTE is an important quality of food because it can be used to judge its effect on the body.     
  • 23. Taste TASTE & THE QUALITIES OF FOOD (rasa) Elements Qualities Post-Digestive* Sweet earth, water oily, heavy, cold <VP>K Sour earth, fire oily, heavy, hot <V>PK Salty water, fire oily, light, hot <V>PK Pungent fire, air dry, light, hot >VK>P Bitter air, space dry, light, cold >V<PK Astringent air, earth dry, heavy, cold >V<PK *post-digestive tastes as a result of contact with the agni (VIPAK) 6 Tastes become 3 through this process: rasa, Virya (hot/cold in stomach), Vipak, Prabhav (action) • Sweet & Salty (Kapha) • Sour (pitta) • Pungent/bitter/astringent (vata)
  • 24. Eating…continued  Eat the freshest, purest food you can get.  Chew slowly and mindfully  Eat till 3/4 full  Drink warm beverages  Drink Cumin-Coriander-Fennel tea with meals and between meals to aid digestion
  • 25. LIVING WITH YOUR DOSHA  VATA keyword : grounding  Gentle, repetitive,non-competitive exercise  Routine and discipline and pacing  Maintain a warm and calm environment at work and at home  Limit travel and excitement, get adequate rest  Eat warm, cooked foods, avoid a lot of raw foods
  • 26. Vata, continued  Use sesame oil for massage, avoid dryness!!  Ginger tea  Restorative yoga postures
  • 27. LIVING WITH YOUR DOSHA  PITTA keyword : surrender  Moderately vigorous exercise, non-competitive, in the cooler part of the day. Swimming is great for Pitta  Work in a cool, soothing environment, avoid excess heat  Work should be challenging but non-competitive, allowing for autonomy  Eat at regular scheduled mealtimes  Avoid excessive oily foods and salt  Take regular vacations that are relaxing  Massage with coconut oil
  • 28. LIVING WITH YOUR DOSHA  KAPHA keyword : stimulate        Vigorous,competitive,aerobic exercise Challenging job with long hours Limited sleep no more than 7-8 hrs, no naps Travel is beneficial More spontaneous and adventurous behavior Avoid cold food and drinks, fried food and dairy Deep massage with sesame or mustard oil
  • 29. Getting started  Pay attention to the qualities (gunas) in your environment, time of day, season.  Check in with yourself - what qualities are manifested in you right now?  Take the time to do what is needed to bring yourself back to balance  Small changes practiced regularly can make a big difference