Learn about Ayurvedic philosophy and how to think about it in the modern context, daily routines, basic practices, preventative care, nutrition, at-home remedies for common ailments and MORE.
Join Alka & Kirti from Kalya Veda for Ayurveda 101.
Tuesday April 26th 7-8:30pm EST
by Kirti Tewani
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is one of the oldest medicine systems of the world. And just how old might it be? – Ayurveda has been AROUND for MORE THAN 5000 YEARS now; ever growing, ever evolving, and enduring the test of time, yet never straying away from the core principles it originally started with.
Courtesy of the popular culture of contemporary times, Ayurveda has become synonymous with herbs, diet, and lifestyle. Truth be told, Ayurveda is not just about what you eat, it is also about how you eat when you eat, why you eat, and how much you eat. And Ayurveda lays down a set of guidelines for each of these; the ‘what’, the ‘when’, the ‘how’, the ‘why’, and the ‘how much’. And these guidelines are different for people with different body types, ages, seasons, times of day, and illnesses. Similarly, other than diet, lifestyle guidelines also make for an important part of Ayurveda. The word Ayurveda itself is a union of two words, ‘Ayu’ meaning life and ‘Veda’ meaning knowledge or science.
Ayurveda considers that everything in the entire universe consists of 5 basic elements. The five elements are Akasa (or ether), Vayu (or air), Agni (or fire), Jala(or water) and Prithvi(or earth). We also are made of these 5 basic elements as well. These 5 elements combine in 3 pairs and manifest as three bio-energies also known as doshas, Vata-Pitta-Kapha. They do everything; from forming the structure of the body to running and governing the functions of the body. Everyone has all three doshas present in their mind and body, but most of us tend to have one or two doshas predominating.
Discover your Dosha
Take our Dosha Quiz to find your mind-body type.
Vata dosha is the Ayurvedic mind-body element associated with air and space. It’s light, cool, and dry in nature, and it governs all movement and processes in your mind and body—including processes like blood flow, elimination, breathing, and the movement of thoughts in your mind.
Learn more about Vata and balancing Vata dosha here.
Pitta dosha is the Ayurvedic mind-body element associated with fire and water. Pitta dosha is hot, sharp, and oily in nature. It benefits from things that are cooling and soothing. Pitta focuses on the digestion and metabolism in our bodies.
Learn more about Pitta and balancing Pitta dosha here.
Kapha dosha is the Ayurvedic mind-body element associated with earth and water. It’s slow, moist, cool, oily, heavy, smooth, and steady in nature and embodies structure, lubrication, and stability in the mind and body.
Learn more about Kapha and balancing Kapha dosha here.
Ayurveda for a Healthy Life
Food, lifestyle, environment, weather, living beings, and the whole universe – is made of the 5 basic elements we discussed earlier and can affect each other when they interact. Ayurveda emphasizes on having a routine (dincharya) as well as having a seasonal routine (ritucharya) to guide us towards a healthy life. The key is to connect with yourself, understand who you are, and what you are made of, find your imbalanced doshas, and adopt Dincharya and Ritucharya. Tailor your diet and lifestyle in line with these routines, coupled with yoga and pranayama to achieve a balance between mind and body, heart and soul, and work and life!
Join Alka and Kirti Tewani for the 101 about Ayurveda. In this workshop you will learn about Ayurvedic philosophy and how to think about it in the modern context, daily routines, basic practices, preventative care, nutrition, at-home remedies for common ailments and MORE.
Kirti is the founder of the Kalya Veda wellness company, fostering a sense of balance in body, mind, and consciousness with the help of Ayurvedic herbs and supplements. Learn more at https://kalyaveda.com/.