Introduction to Ayurveda

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Ayurveda & Yoga are complimentary sciences aimed to balance the mind + body, especially when practiced together.

One of the main principles of Ayurveda involves Elemental Theory — meaning that all of the elements that exist in nature [Earth – Water – Fire – Air – Ether/Space] also exist within us in different proportions. According to Ayurveda, there are three primary  Doshas, or constitutions of the elements, in which two elements are predominant.

  • Vata: Air + Ether/Space
  • Pitta: Fire + Water
  • Kapha: Earth + Water

Nature’s changes & fluctuations are reflected in us on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level. As such, it should be noted that although we hold a primary Dosha, we can be susceptible to imbalances in the other Doshas depending on the time of year, seasonal changes, life transitions, age, and physical or mental health & well-being.

With the guidance + wisdom from Ayurveda & Yoga, we are empowered to make healthy lifestyle choices through specific recommendations appropriate for each Dosha that return us to a state of balance — e.g., diet, physical activity, lifestyle, routines, relationships, & work environment. It is knowledge that helps us better understand nature, the self, and others.

If you are curious about discovering your dosha, take this Dosha Test from Eka Yoga.



The Author

yogi + registered yoga teacher + life-long student of the eight-limbed path

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