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The Three Seasons of Ayurveda – Kapha

In Ayurveda, the body is made up of three basic energies known as the doshas - Vata, Pitta and Kapha which govern our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual makeups. The Vata dosha consists of ether & air with the qualities of cold, dry, light and mobile. The Pitta dosha is made up of fire & water with the qualities of hot, wet, light and mobile. The Kapha dosha is a combination of water & earth with the qualities of cold, wet, heavy and stable. Each of us has a unique combination of the doshas, which make up our constitution, one being prominent, one secondary and the third less present.

How to Bring Balance to the Holiday Season

The Three Seasons of Ayurveda - Vata

Ayurveda is understood by the five elements found in our universe – Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. These energies are understood by the qualities that surround us in our environment known as the physical gunas: hot & cold, wet & dry, heavy & light, and mobile & stable.

The Ayurvedic Chef: The Six Tastes & Digestion

As many of you know, I trained as a chef here in the US and also in France, and have been cooking professionally since 1990. So, when I began the teacher-training program at the BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute, the last thing I expected to learn was something new about food and cooking.

The Ayurvedic Chef: What is my constitution?

The question "what is my constitution?" or, alternatively, "what is my dosha?" is the first thing patients ask their Ayurvedic practitioner. According to Ayurveda, one's constitution is his or her unique balance of the three doshas—the biological forces that govern the body—which are inherent in each of us and established at conception.

The Ayurvedic Chef

Ayurveda, translated as the knowledge of life (Ayus: life, Veda: knowledge), is the Indian holistic medical system first mentioned with yoga in the Vedas around 3000BC.