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Balance your Health with Ayurveda

Ayurveda, the ancient holistic healing system from India, provides profound insights into maintaining balance and health. Central to Ayurveda are the concepts of Prakriti and Vrikriti. Understanding these principles can guide you toward better health and wellbeing.

Prakriti: Your Fingerprint

Prakriti refers to your natural constitution, the unique balance of the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) you were born with.

This constitution determines your physical, emotional, and mental tendencies and remains constant throughout your life.

Knowing your Prakriti helps you understand your inherent strengths and vulnerabilities.

Vrikriti: Your Current State

Vrikriti, on the other hand, represents your current state of doshic imbalance.

It reflects how your doshas have shifted due to various influences such as diet, lifestyle, stress, and environmental factors.

Vrikriti can fluctuate and often deviates from your Prakriti, leading to health issues.

Journey towards Balance

In my work, I begin by assessing your Vrikriti to identify imbalances and understand how they manifest in your body and mind. This involves a detailed examination of your symptoms, habits, and lifestyle.

An example of how our first session would unfold:

1.Identifying Ama (Toxins): I will evaluate the presence of ama, which are toxins accumulated in the body due to poor digestion and lifestyle choices.

Signs of ama include a coated tongue in the morning, sluggishness, and a heavy feeling after a meal.

2. Assessing Agni (Digestive Fire): I will examine your agni, your digestive fire. Healthy agni is crucial for proper digestion and metabolism.

Symptoms like bloating, indigestion, and irregular bowel movements indicate weak agni.

3.Naming the Imbalances: In Ayurveda we do not "diagnose." Instead, we focus on identifying the qualities (gunas) of your imbalance, I teach you how to name what you are feeling.

For example, you might feel heavy, slow, and hot after meals. Naming these qualities helps in devising a personalized plan for balance.

Creating a Balanced Life Plan

With a clear understanding of your Vrikriti, Ama, and Agni, we can create a plan to restore balance.

This plan may include:

Dietary Adjustments: Incorporating foods that counterbalance your current state.

If you feel heavy and slow, introducing light, sharp, and cooling foods can help.

Lifestyle Changes: Recommendations may include specific routines, exercises, and stress management techniques to support your doshic balance.

Herbal Support: Using Ayurvedic herbs to aid digestion, detoxify the body, and strengthen agni.

Like Increases Like, Opposites Balance.

Imbalances can manifest not just physically but also in your thoughts, emotions, and beliefs. Ayurveda recognizes the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. Whether you experience joint pain, low energy, or emotional turmoil, addressing these issues holistically is key.

A fundamental aspect of Ayurveda is cultivating awareness about how you feel and why. By learning to describe your experiences in terms of gunas or the quality, you gain valuable insights into maintaining balance.

For instance, recognizing that you feel heavy and hot after eating can prompt you to choose lighter, cooler foods in the future.

The core principle of Ayurveda is that "like increases like and opposites balance." Understanding this helps you make informed choices. If you feel cold and sluggish, warming and invigorating practices will restore balance. Conversely, if you feel overheated and agitated, cooling and calming practices will help.

In Ayurveda, harmony is seen as a continuous journey rather than a fixed condition. It involves connecting with your mind, body, and spirit, recognizing your individual constitution (prakriti) and existing imbalances (vrikriti), and consciously making necessary changes.

Through evaluating your current state (Vrikriti), determining the levels of ama and agni, and utilizing the principle of opposites, you can move towards a more balanced and unified life.

Reach out if you would like to learn more, have questions, or would like to start working on balancing your vrikriti.

Lisa Ostler


Student of Ayurveda

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