The 3 Gunas Of Ayurveda
Did you know that some schools of thought maintain that the foods you eat can affect your entire mood, temperament and outlook? In Sanskrit, a Guna is a subdivision of properties that any substance or food can exhibit. They usually fall under any of the following categories: heavy/light, cold/hot, unctuous/dry, dull/sharp, stable/mobile, soft/hard, non-slimy/slimy, smooth/coarse, minute/gross, or viscous/liquid.
According to ayurvedic principles, medicines and foods are split up into three gunas – sattvic, rajasic or tamasic. The gunas are fundamental attributes that represent the natural evolutionary process in which subtle becomes gross, or pronounced. The three gunas are defined as:
- Sattva – Essence (subtle)
- Rajas – Activity
- Tamas – Inertia (gross)
A person can be more or less dominated by any one of the three gunas. You can regulate them in your body and mind through Ayurvedic cooking.
- Fresh, sweet, light, juicy, nourishing and tasty
- They give necessary energy to the body without exhausting it
- They lay the foundation of a higher state of consciousness
- Examples: Fresh milk, butter, juicy fruits and fresh vegetables, grain, nuts and herb teas
- Bitter, sour, pungent, salty, very hot and dry
- They increase the speed of the human organism
- They lay the foundation of motion, but end in pain due to overstimulation of the body and mind
- Examples: Fried food, coffee
- Dry, old, distasteful or unpalatable
- They consume a large amount of energy when digested
- They lay the foundation of ignorance, doubt and pessimism
- Examples: Highly processed, canned, frozen or old. Meat, fish, and liquor are also considered tamasic.
It’s easy to see how you can live a happy, healthy lifestyle on sattvic foods alone – they are all fresh, juicy and full of nutrients. For a quick dose of sattvic on the go, Dosha Pops are a delicious addition to those who choose to live the ayurvedic lifestyle.