Ayurveda in Practice
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native to India and a form of alternativemedicine.
Ayurveda, as ‘knowledge of life,’
‘Science of Life’
dates back 5,000 years tothe ancient Sanskrit texts, the Vedas. It isa system of healing that examines physicalconstitution, emotional nature, andspiritual outlook in the context of theuniverse. According to the philosophy,universal life force manifests as threedifferent energies, or doshas, known asvata, pitta, and kapha.We are all made up of a uniquecombination of these three forces. Thougheveryone has some of each, most peopletend to have an abundance of one or two of the doshas. This unique combination isdetermined at the moment of conception,and is your own personal blueprint, orprakriti (nature).As you move through life, the proportion of each of the three doshas constantlyfluctuates according to your environment,your diet, the seasons, the climate, yourage, and many other factors. As they moveinto and out of balance, the doshas can