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10 Ayurvedic Terms to Know Now

The ancient tradition of Ayurveda is one of the oldest known methods of holistic healing to date. The practice focuses on finding wellness and balance mainly through diet, chanting, yoga, meditation, and self exploration. Here are 10 terms to learn and keep you in the know with your Ayurvedic flow.

  1. Ayurveda – A 5,000 year old tradition that began in India as a system of healing guidance based around food and lifestyle behaviors.

  1. Dosha – Three types of energies that circulate the body and help to determine behavior. Everyone is either a Kapha, Vata, or Pitta. Some may be a combination of two, typically with one dominating. Read more about the Doshas and find out which one you are.

  1. Kapha – The earth and water dosha. A Kapha in balance is calm and affectionate, and positive but will usually enjoy spicy foods and activities. We have some great info on the Kapha dosha.

  1. Vata – The space and air dosha. Vatas in balance are powerhouses and are great at getting the job done. We’ve got your Vata guide.

  1. Pitta – The water and fire dosha. A balanced Pitta is sharp, intense, outspoken and focused. Check out more about the Pitta Dosha. (Think you might be a Pitta? Here is a Dosha quiz to find out.)

  1. Vedic – An ancient religion practiced mostly in India. Vedic teachings set the foundation for Ayurveda.

  1. Sattvic – An ancient Ayurvedic diet that focuses on balance, seasonal foods, yoga, and tuning into your Dosha.

  1. Chakra – Energy points on the body that can help guide you through Ayurveda and holistic health. The seven main chakras starting from the toes up to the forehead are called the root sacral, solar, heart, throat, third eye, and crown chakras.

  1. Meditation – Meditation and relaxation techniques are used in Ayurveda to help restore balance and sense of self across the three Doshas.

  1. Ritucharya – An ayurvedic practice based on the seasons. In Ayurveda they are called Hemanta, Shishira (winter), Vasanta (spring), Grishma (Summer), Varsha (Rainy) and Sharada (Autumn).

Everyone embarks on different journeys to balance their Doshas. Whatever your specific Dosha may be, there are limitless ways to tune into your Chakras and find balance. Want to learn more? We have all the tips and info you need to help you get started and continue to live an Ayurvedic lifestyle.

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