Whether you've heard your yoga teacher sing its praises or saw the term listed on your local spa's menu, if you find yourself confused as to what Ayurveda is, you're not alone. The ancient Indian practice has its roots in Hindu culture, and as opposed to Western medicine that aims to alleviate specific symptoms, Ayurveda strives to balance the body as one system. While there's still very little clinical research supporting Ayurveda, practitioners believe that aligning the natural elements of the universe in the body promotes a long, healthy life and general state of well-being.
In Ayurveda, there are three doshas, or forces of energy, that exist in the body, and each individual has varying amounts of the three: Vata (space and air), Pitta (fire and water), and Kapha (water and Earth). While someone may be far more Pitta, Kapha, or, if you're like me, Vata, everyone has a little of each. It's our job to strive for doshic balance in our bodies for an improved life. Sounds great, right? The one question: how do you achieve this doshic balance?
Keep reading to see how Ayurveda can help you.