What Is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda, the Indian 'Science of Life', places great emphasis on illness prevention and encourages the maintenance of health through close attention to balance in one’s life through right thinking, diet, lifestyle, mindset and the use of herbs we use for the basis of our products. When the body is in balance, we create a sense of unity of the mind, body and consciousness (spirit/soul) according to one’s own individual constitution (prakriti). Ayurveda, is what teaches us how to make lifestyle changes to bring about and maintain this balance.
Just as everyone has a unique fingerprint, each person has a particular pattern of energy - an individual combination of physical, mental and emotional characteristic which comprises their unique permanent biological blueprint (prakriti). Their Prakriti (which is usually a unique blend of the three main Dosha's - Pitta, Vata and Kapha) is determined at conception by a number of factors and remains the same throughout one’s life,
Many factors, both internal and external, act upon us to disturb this balance and are reflected as a change in one’s constitution from the balanced state. Examples of these emotional and physical stresses include one’s emotional state, diet, skin care regime, seasons and weather, physical trauma, work and family relationships. Once these factors are understood, one can take appropriate actions to nullify or minimize their effects or eliminate the causes of imbalance and re-establish one’s original constitution.
Balance is the natural order; imbalance is disorder.
Health is order; disease is disorder.
Within the body there is a constant interaction between order and disorder. When one understands the nature and structure of disorder, one can re-establish order.
Here at NeoVeda, we pride ourselves on offering authentically crafted Ayurvedic products that have been lovingly made in India and brought to the Western world to encourage holistic health at its very finest.
Find Your Dosha Type
Your 'Prakriti' or constitution is determined at birth, and does not change throughout the course of your life. It is made up of one to three Dosha types - Pitta, Kapha and Vata - which could mean you are dominant in one, have a balance of two strong dosha's, or perhaps you are equal in all three.
As life progresses, your Doshas are likely to misalign causing imbalance in your body, mind and consciousness, but with help, you can come back into balance when you alter elements such as diet, exercise, mindfulness, meditation, skin care regime and other lifestyle factors.
To find out more about your dosha type, you can go and see a local Ayurvedic consultant who will take you through the traditional process, or try this traditional dosha quiz to give you an idea of your prakriti. Remember, your prakriti doesn't change since birth, so try and think about what you were like growing up when you answer the questions. For more information on your dosha type, we recommend 'Prakriti' by Dr. Robert E. Svoboda
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