Ayurveda is one of the most elegant systems of medicine. It is widely misrepresented and misunderstood. Ayurveda translates as the ‘Science of Life’, it is a lifestyle practice that considers many factors as having influence on health and wellbeing. Health is maintained through a balance of individual constitution. Constitution is unique to the individual and can be determined by pulse and a thorough intake form by a licsenced Ayurvedic Practitioner, Health Coach or Doctor.
To begin to understand how to live your Yoga with Ayurvedic medicine and lifestyle practices, we should first understand the world view that informs the practice.
All things influence our health some examples of considerations and causes for imbalance include, time of life, time of year/seasons, diet, lifestyle, relationships or lack thereof & the proper or improper use of the senses.
Summer is Pitta season – the season of, water + fire. For individuals with Pitta constitution summer weather may aggravate Pitta people leading to imbalance and illness.
To stay in balance we regularly employ the three pillars of health.
The Three Pillars of Health
Ausada – herbs
Each disease state has causes. Pathogenesis, the path towards disease formation teaches us to identify disease very, early in its development.
The Three Causes of Disease:
avoid the cause, nidana parivarjana
Asatmyendriyartha samyoga: improper use of the senses
Prajnaparada: improper use of the senses (asatmya- improper, unwholesome/indriya- sense organs, jnana indriyas/ artha- sensory objects/samyoga- combination)
Parinama: temporal factors
Prajnaparadha- prajna – wisdom, paradha – crime, mistake, crime against wisdom, intellectual blasphemy; improper use of the faculties of the mind. Most serious as it causes aggravation of all three dosas . It is not prajnaparadha if someone doesn’t know better. Before you knew better it was not classified as prajnaparadha.
Dhi dhrti smrti vibhrastah karma yat kurute subham |
Prajnaparadham tam vidyat sarva dosaprakopanam ||
Dhi: impairment of intellect- perceiving bad things as good: temporal things as eternal, power of discrimination is cloudy
Dhrti: impairment of self control- mind is impatient and seeks immediate gratification
Smrti: impairment of memory, inability to remember former experiences/ convenient forgetting
Atiyoga: excessive exercise, sex, activity, etc.
Ayoga: not enough movement
Mithyayoga: suppression/ forcible initiation of urges, acrobatics, extreme sports, excess tattooing, self mortification, piercing, masturbation
Atiyoga: excess thinking, no mental rest
Ayoga: minimal mental activity -reading, conversing, thinking
Mithyayoga: excess fear, fear, anger, delusion, jealousy, desire, criticism, planning to harm/hurt others; criminal plotting, psychedelics and addictive behaviors. Metta meditation, physical practice
Atiyoga: talking too much; at too high a pitch; too much singing
Ayoga: prolonged silence
Mithyayoga: lying, quarreling, untimely words, unpleasant words, irrelevant talk, insults, harsh words
Seasons have a dramatic impact on health as the body needs to adjust to the available foods and the changes in temperature. This can have both a positive and negative effect on our health.
Passage of time
Life and cycle changes
Sancaya-? Prakopa-? Prasama-?
Summer is Pitta season so be aware of the following changes to your body as signs of an increase or decrease in Pitta dosha.
Vrddhi Pitta: (increased pitta) EX.??
yellowish/reddish discoloration of the skin/stools/urine/eyes- ranges from a little to a lot (yellowish eyes ? jaundice)
Hot red angry,’itis’, superficial inflammation of the skin, pittas are more reactive by nature
People with allergies tend to shy away from herbal and topical interventions because they tend to react to things.
Increase body temperature and burning, feel they are burning up, they feel parched and thirsty, always thirsty
Disturbed sleep, predominately vata or pitta?
Fainting, vertigo, dizziness
Weakness of the sense organs particularly the eyes
Bitter taste and sour belches
Emotional state, angry, irritable, road rage, criticism (explosive), fighting with people
Ksaya Pitta: (decreased pitta) EX.??
Decreased body temperature