AYURVEDA 101: QUICK INTRO + RECIPE

From the Fields - Issue # 56

Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine from India that will never get old.  Longevity is the new way of anti-aging and Ayurveda may be the technique you are looking for…

AYU refers to all aspects of life and nature- life force/energy. Veda means knowledge or learning at the deepest level- Science. As Deepak Chopra describes, “It provides guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, behaviour and the proper use of our senses. It reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit.”  

AYURVEDA is based on five elements of ether, air, water, fire and earth.  All that exists in the universe exists within us. We all contain these same five elements in different amounts. When prana, the energetic equivalent of breath, mixes with the five elements, the doshas are formed. Each element has a character, and each combination of elements coincides with one of three Dosha types. Doshas are the three energies believed to circulate in the body and rule both physical and physiological action- Vata, Pitta, Kapha.

VATA - formed when prana mixes with the elements air and space. Vata governs all movement.

PITTA - is made up of the elements fire and water. Pitta governs digestion, nutrition, metabolism and body temperature.

KAPHA - is the flesh body or the mucus body and is made up of the elements earth and water. Kapha is our bones, muscles, teeth and everything dense in our bodies.

Curious to know what type you are? Determine your constitution here and check out Ayurveda.com for more details on how to balance your constitution.  If you’re not ready to go that route, try incorporating ayurvedic principles and ingredients into your daily routine- small changes can make big differences. One of our favourite ways to incorporate Ayurveda into our daily routine is through spices. Organic Traditions provides an amazing variety of Ayurvedic spices that you can purchase at most health food stores or order online stores like Well.ca

Drink Recipe:

  • 1 cup Nut or Hemp Milk
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • Add a pinch of each: black pepper, dried powdered ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Sounds like a lot of flavours but we really love the balance the combination of spices brings together. Black pepper in a tea or latte may sound a bit strange but it increases the bioavailability of turmeric in our bodies.