The knowledge of life

Ayurveda allows each individual to self heal by following the laws of nature to balance the body to not only maintain life, but its quality and longevity as well. Ayurveda is unique because it heals the mind, body and soul by discovering our true self. In healing ourselves, we create positive energy for those around us, and ultimately the collective consciousness. Ayurveda, unlike Western medicine, treats the individual, not the disease through food, lifestyle and herbs. Ayurvedic practitioners determine the natural constitution (Prakruti) of a person and also their current state or state of imbalance (Vikruti). It is expressed by labeling the constitution in varying degrees of Vata , Pitta and Kapha. Vata is made up of air and ether. Pitta is fire and water. Kapha is earth and water.

from a presentation by Dr. Vasant Lad

Everyone is comprised of Pitta, Vata and Kapha but people tend to have one or two dominant “doshas”.

Vatta-AyurvedaCharacteristics of Vata Person

Physically they have light flexible bodies, big protruding teeth, small recessed and dry eyes. They have an irregular thirst and appetite. They experience digestive and mal-absorption problems and are somewhat fragile health wise. They are easily excited, alert and quick to act without much thinking. They have great imaginations. They are loving people, but sometimes love out of fear of loneliness. They may be fearful of heights, darkness or enclosed spaces. They have flexible faith as they are always ready for a change. Typically spenders and don’t like to sit idle.

Pitta - AyurvedaCharacteristics of Pitta Person

Physically they have a sensitive and reactive body with a medium frame and weight. They seldom gain or lose weight. Tend towards yellowish teeth and soft gums, and bright eyes that are sensitive to the sun. They have a strong appetite and thirst and favor cold drinks and sweets. They have an excellent capability for learning, understanding and concentrating. They are highly disciplined and excellent leaders. And they may have a wrong answer with great confidence. They can be judgmental, critical and perfectionists, and tend to anger easily. They are very loving and passionate. They have noble professions and tend to spend money on luxurious things. They are endowed with moderate strength, material knowledge and wealth.

Kapha-AyurvedaCharacteristics of Kapha Person

Physically they are strong and large body frame, large eyes, strong teeth and curly hair. They have thick, smooth, oily and hairy skin. They have a steady appetite and thirst but tend to have a slow digestion and metabolism. They have a great difficulty in shedding weight. Cravings for sweets and salt lead to water retention. They love eating sitting and sleeping for a long time. They have a deep, stable faith and a calm steady mind. They are loving and compassionate. They have a good memory, melodious voice and a monotonous pattern of speech. They make and save money. An unbalanced Kapha suffers from greed, attachment, possessiveness and laziness. And a healthy Kapha is endowed with strength, knowledge, peace, and longevity due to a strong constitution.

*Dr. Vasant Lad, B.A.M.&S., M.A.Sc., brings a wealth of classroom and practical experience to the United States. He received the degree of Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.&S.) in 1968 from the University of Pune, in Pune, India and a Master of Ayurvedic Science (M.A.Sc.) in 1980 from Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya in Pune. For 3 years, he served as Medical Director of the Ayurveda Hospital in Pune, India. He also held the position of Professor of Clinical Medicine for seven years at the Pune University College of Ayurvedic Medicine, where he was an instructor for many years. Vasant Lad’s academic and practical training includes the study of allopathic medicine (Western Medicine) and surgery as well as traditional Ayurveda. In 1979, he began traveling throughout the United States sharing his knowledge of Ayurveda and, in 1981, he returned to New Mexico to teach Ayurveda. In 1984, he founded and began as Director of The Ayurvedic Institute.