Ayurveda meaning "The science of life and longevity", is the art of daily living in harmony with the laws of nature. It is an ancient natural wisdom of health and healing, a science of life. The objective of this science is to create balance in the mind, body and spirit to heal itself. Ayurveda incorporates the whole life and relates the life of an individual to the universe. Nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, rest, medicinal herbs, sound, color, aromatherapy, detoxing, cleansing, rejuvenation and breathing all are to create healing and balance for the body, mind and spirit.
What are Dosha's?
From the moment of conception, an individuals constitution is created by universal energies of Space, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth which exist in all matter, both organic and inorganic. These five elements combine into the three fundamental energies (Doshas). Either and Air constitutes VATA, which is energy of movement. Fire and Water constitute PITTA, the transformation of matter into energy. Water and Earth makes up KAPHA, the energy of structure and lubrication. Health is a perfect state of balance among the body's three fundamental energies (Doshas) and an equally vital balance among body, mind, and the soul or consciousness. Like your Dna - You genetically inherit Doshas from both parents which does not change throughout life.
Unhealthy diet, stress, insufficient rest or exercise, and repressed emotions all disturb our doshic balance. When your body is not in balanced, it shows in your mind and your body and it starts to cause illness. You aren't yourself. In order to maintain balance, we have to balance these three doshas, taking action to increase or decrease Vata, Pitta, or Kapha as conditions demand. This requires awareness, consciousness and healing.