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Whats My Dosha (Body Type) ?

Our bodies and minds are comprised of the 5 elements of Ether, Air, Fire, Earth and Water.Where we differ (and where it gets interesting) is the amounts of these elements. Everyone has their own unique amount of each of these elements in their body make up. Its like your thumb print. No two persons are the same!The Doshas or body types are made up from the 5 elements.Vata - Ether and AirPitta - Fire and WaterKapha - Water and EarthMost of us are 'bi-doshic' - meaning that we are predominantly comprised of 2 of the body types with the third being present in only a small way.Check out this simple questionnaire to get a feel for what your dosha could...

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The 3 Gunas: Satva | Rajas | Tamas

In Ayurvedic philosophy, all of creation was developed based on 3 core principles being the laws of: creation, maintenance or organisation and destruction.In other words, everything in life is born, lives and dies. This is the cycle of life for all humans, animals, our planet, the stars, galaxies, the universe and beyond.These 3 principles or laws are also called the 3 Gunas (tendencies):Satva: purity, essence, space - this is the source of illumination, Divine intelligence, creativity and compassion.Rajas: activity, motion - this has the power to activate, motivate and inspire us to eat, work and play.Tamas: inertia, motionless - this is the source of resistance, obstructions and obstacles which are equally as important as Rajas.These are common terms amongst yogis...

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Digestion (Agni) and related health concerns

Lord Agni ~ in ancient Vedic religion, there is a God or deity known as Lord Agni. This deity is the God of fire (agni) and the acceptor of sacrifices.  Lord Agni acts as a messenger from and to the other Gods. He is forever youthful and immortal as the fire is set align each day.  He is the link between heaven and earth taking offerings to the other world in his fire. This ancient story is, like most religious tales, a metaphor for the meaning of the digestive fire of life. We can apply this to all metabolic functions of the body including the human digestive system.  The sacrifice to the agni ~ the offering  of food into our...

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Where it all began

When was Ayurveda established? Ayurveda was founded some 6000 to 5000 years ago. There is some debate as to the precise time. The literal translation of Ayurveda is Ayus ~ meaning life and Veda ~ meaning science. Where did Ayurveda come from?  Ayurveda originated from Rishis (enlightened beings) in India who experienced the knowledge of Ayurveda whilst in deep states of meditation. Thus, Ayurveda was born not of the mind of man but rather, of universal laws or wisdoms instilled into the heart of these ancient seers. The unconscious un-manifest was brought into the conscious manifest by these rishis founded from their understanding of all creation. This knowledge was originally taught orally and was not transcribed into text. This was considered by...

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