What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is an ancient wisdom and can be translated as ‘the science of life and longevity’. It is a holistic healing system recognising the interaction of body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda focuses on healing and maintaining the longevity of life. Ayurveda offers a personalised approach looking at one’s individual make up. It provides tools for how to live according to one’s constitution, supported by diet, lifestyle, exercise, relaxation, meditation, breathing exercises, and medical herbs.

Why Ayurveda?

This ancient wisdom teaches us to appreciate life in its pure beauty and respect nature by learning to live with the cycles of the seasons, of the day, and of age. Understanding your constitution and leaning into the cycles of Mother Nature is empowering as you learn to take ownership of your own actions. You will become aware of how everything is connected and constantly influencing one another, learning to work with the forces of nature rather than resisting it.

Everything we expose ourselves to in our daily lives – family, work, dietary habits, physical health, mental health, spirituality, daily habits and seasonal influences -– are having a direct effect on our state of health. Ayurveda understands that our own health cannot be separated from those factors and consequently focuses on balancing all aspects.

The 5 Elements and the 3 Doshas

According to Ayurveda, we consist of the five elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space) and individual consciousness. The combination of these form the doshas. Vata Dosha is the combination of Ether & Air, Pitta Dosha of Fire & Water and Kapha Dosha of Earth & Water.

Knowing that we consist of all the above mentioned elements, it is safe to say that each person has all three Doshas. Nevertheless, every human being has a unique constitution: Prakrutiwhich is like the blueprint of one’s being. This is defined at the day of conception, depending on emotions, genetics, lifestyle, and diet of the parents. Consequently. the dominance of Doshas in one person varies. Prakruti can be determined by one’s physiological and personality traits, as well as general likes and dislikes.

Virkruti looks at the present state of the three doshas in one person. If Virkruti equals Prakruti, then the person is in a happy balanced state. However, due to diet, lifestyle, emotions, age, and environment. the Virkruti reflects a different dominance in doshas.

At Tripti, we aim at helping you to be you, allowing yourself to embrace life with integrity and love, expressing the real you; crying when there is sorrow, laughing when there is joy; embracing all there is to life. Riding that rollercoaster of life, without being thrown out of your seat – enjoying it fully with all its ups and downs.

“One who sees equally the entire universe in his own self and his own self in the entire universe is in possession of true knowledge.”

Charaka Samhita
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