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The science of being

According to Ayurveda, everything in life is composed of the Panchamahabhutas-Akash (Space), Vayu (Air), Jal (Water), Agni (Fire), and Prithvi (Earth). Omnipresent, they are mixed in an infinite variety of relative proportions such that each form of matter is distinctly unique. Although each element has a range of attributes, only some get evident in particular situations. Constantly changing and interacting with each other, they create a situation of dynamic flux that keeps the world going. Panchabhuta Chikitsa is a branch of Ayurveda that conducts the analysis and treatment of diseases based upon this principle.

Ayurveda, being a vast science is divided into eight branches, which are collectively called Ashtang Ayurveda. Like any other modern medicinal therapies, Ayurveda believes in specialized treatment for different body parts. Thus, medicinal art has been categorized under branches that deal with psychiatry, internal medicine, treatment of eyes, ears, nose, throat, and head, toxicology, and gerontology separately. Ayurveda is the first-ever medicine system to categorize pediatrics, aphrodisiacs, and surgery as the branches of any medicinal science.

Smile with no reason!

Create a happy environment – Prasanna chitta! All senses are quenched. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are balanced, we are in a harmonious state. This happiness can only come when we reach a Sattva state from a deep meditation. Rajasic happiness is that which comes with a reason – a little of this is also needed in life. A Tamasic state is when we just want to sleep, a little Tamas is needed for good sleep.

The hidden theory

As humans, each of us is made of all three doshas (Vata, pitta, Kapha), but the unique constitution or combination of those qualities (Prakriti) can determine one’s unique mental and physical tendencies. We at Navjiwan Ayurveda, like to call it "yogi genetics" that make up both body and mind. The goal of Navjiwan Ayurvedics’ is to come back to your divine proportion. Ayurveda describes all diseases and wellness on the basis of “TRIDOSHA”.

  • Vata: space and air

  • Pitta: fire and water

  • Kapha: earth and water

Keeping in mind, although one embodies all three doshas, there may be one or two that stick out as the primary permutation(s) that aligns most with one’s unique body-mind type.

Vata is considered to be dry, light, mobile, and cold. It provides motivation and energy for all the physiological functions of the body. On the positive side, it promotes, energy, movement, vitality growth, and change. On the negative, excess Vata accelerates degeneration, disease, and the aging process.

Pitta is hot, oily/moist, light, and sharp. It is the biological humor of fire and manifests primarily through the digestive system. Too much pitta causes the mind and body to overheat and burn up. It is the process of digestion, metabolism, light, warmth, and luster in the body. In excess, pitta is heat, inflammation, toxicity, fear, and bleeding.

Kapha is the biological humor of water and is the main factor of positive health and longevity. Kapha promotes the proper development of all bodily tissues and fluids, providing the body with stability, lubrication, fertility, and endurance. As with all good things, excess creates problems. These include dampness, coldness, heaviness, slowness, and denseness in the body, resulting in an accumulation of water, mucous and fat. This inhibits movement, proper circulation, and blocks perception.

Doshas are good!

It is important to remember that we all have innate strengths and gifts, as well as persistent challenge areas. The doshas are a wonderful tool for understanding both, and also for recognizing and correcting any imbalances at work in our systems. Invariably, the doshas shed light on our personal nuances, guide us in improving self-awareness, and can help us to understand how to offer support—precisely where and when it matters most. As a result, cultivating a relationship with each of the three doshas can have a transformative impact on your overall health and well-being. We, at Navjiwan Ayurveda, would love to support you in beginning to befriend the doshas in your life.

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