The Three Doshas

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The oldest systems of healing are often the best and most reliable, and one of the oldest systems of health and healing is Ayurveda. Ayurveda was developed over 3,000 years ago in India, and is among one of the most ancient forms of holistic (whole-body) healing systems that is still prevalent today. Ayurveda is held in the belief that the mind, body, and spirit all must work together in order to achieve a balance of full healing. If you begin to study Ayurveda, and want to practice and reap it’s benefits in your own life, you must figure out what your dosha is. So, what exactly is a dosha?

To quote Eat, Taste, Heal “Have you ever wondered what actually accounts for differences in people? Why are some people hyperactive and fast moving, while others exude grace and stillness? Why can some people eat a five-course meal with ease, while others can barely finish a salad? Why are some people inherently joyous, while others carry the weight of the world on their shoulders? Modern genetics offers some insight, but what about the characteristics and idiosyncrasies that make every person unique? Ayurveda answers all of these questions with the Three Doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

The doshas are biological energies found throughout the human body and mind. They govern all physical and mental processes and provide every living being with an individual blueprint for health and fulfillment.

The doshas derive from the Five Elements and their related properties. Vata is composed of Space and Air, Pitta of Fire and Water, and Kapha of Earth and Water.”

So, let’s break them down:

 

Vata- The term Vata means “wind” or “the air that moves things,” and is associated with Space. Those who have Vata type personalities are creative, quick to learn and grasp new knowledge, lively, fun, and excitable. They tend to be unpredictable, spontaneous, and impulsive. Physically they tend to be tall, slender, with colder hands and extremities. They often have dry hair and skin. Vata’s can be “spacey” and tend to forget easily, or be flakey when expectations are put on them. Their schedules aren’t often structured, and easily change. They have high energy that burns out quickly, and can be easily agitated with anxiety, fear and worry.

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Pitta-  Those who are more Pitta dominant are of medium build and physique, they are strong and well-built. They are often confident, structured, and detail oriented. They lean towards the passionate and romantic side, and often can become dominating and pushy when heated. They have strong appetites, to match their strong will, with great digestion.  They are subject to agitation, anger, and impatience. They often have fair skin and red hair, and are prone to rashes, inflammation, acne, and conditions of the skin.

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Kapha-  Those who are more Kapha predominant are often relaxed, and easy going. They are loving, forgiving, and affectionate. They are very faithful and loyal and have tremendous amount of love to give. They are often larger in build, heavier, and often slow in speech and doing. They often have soft skin and hair, with larger eyes. They are gentle in life, but are also prone to depression. Slow learners. They are not easily upset, irritated and have a huge amount of patience. They tend to be in good health, with a great immune system, but tend to have sluggish digestion.

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Finding your Dosha type allows you to access a wealth of information about yourself: your personality, your health concerns, you dominant features, and the areas that could use help. We often are a mix of the doshas, but always leaning towards one over the others. Are you wanting to tap into your doshas even more and allow yourself to help IMG_1928-pure-web.jpgbalance? Sequoia Ayurveda makes roll-on perfumes for each Dosha! If you’re Vata, rolling on her unique blend of essential oils grounds and soothes you. Made of the sweet scents of vanilla, rose, and patchouli it is perfect for grounding the high, spacey energy of the Vatas (me!) If you’re more of a Pitta, the Bloom perfume is for you: the scents of ylang-ylang, sandalwood, bergamot, and peppermint is beautifully sensual and refreshing.  It cools down the hot, fiery aspects of a Pitta! And finally, if you’re a Kapha, Spice is perfect as it’s made of cinnamon, cardamom, and jasmine which is uplifting and energizing for the Kaphas out there. The best part? You can buy the three part set for when you’re feeling different each day. Maybe one day you’re feeling like a fiery Pitta and need to cool, but the next you’re feeling a little sluggish and need the spice of the Kapha blend.

Muladhara: The Root Chakra

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The chakras are spinning sources of energy consciousness within the body, located at places in the body that correspond with several central nerve bundles that branch out from the spinal cord. The word “chakra” means “wheel” in Sanskrit, and the chakras spin like wheels, some spinning fast and some slow. The chakras all correspondence with a different vibrant color, and each correspond with a different energetic function. When these chakras are in balance, the body, both physically and energetically, are in balance. When these chakras become out of balance, there are tell-tale signs that manifest both in our energetic body that build until they seep out into the physical body. Continue reading “Muladhara: The Root Chakra”

The Myths of Tarot

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When you hear someone say the word “tarot,” what comes to mind? Usually dark, cloudy images, scary things. Coupled with superstitions, misguided thoughts and ideas, and myths, tarot has gotten a bad rap in many arenas. These myths and judgements are far from the basis of truth. I want to dispel some of these myths and misguided thoughts for you, if you’re nervous about dabbling into tarot or just curious about what it is. So, what is tarot, anyway? Tarot is an ancient art, which uses a pack of playing cards with symbols, where the reader  pulls the cards for the querent, or “one who seeks,” to answer his or her questions based on what the cards pulled represent. Yes, the cards are used for fortune-telling, but fortune telling may not be exactly what you think it is. Continue reading “The Myths of Tarot”

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We all know that nagging feeling that lurks within the stomach, tickling and signaling your brain to something you feel is or isn’t right. It’s that first, initial gut feeling that is often overruled by the powers of  thought in the brain. That “gut feeling” is your intuition, the higher part of you that knows the correct answer, though we don’t always listen to it. In my Yoga Philosophy class, my teacher mentioned how your intuition will never lead you astray, your heart doesn’t know how to lie. Continue reading “Tapping Into your Intuition (Hey Sigmund)”

Mercury Retrograde

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Another Mercury Retrograde is upon us, and I don’t know about you, but I can already feel that heavy energy. Or, maybe you sitting here wondering “What the heck is a Mercury Retrograde?” A Mercury Retrograde is where the planet Mercury, for a three week period, appears to be moving backwards in the sky. Star-gazers have been watching this for millennia. The effects of a retrograde are universal it seems, and if you begin to look at patterns of your life up against a calendar of retrogrades, you may find a pattern along with your frustrations. Continue reading “Mercury Retrograde”

The Art of Letting Go

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The theme of “letting go” has been popping up in my life a lot the last few weeks: themes of yoga classes, and life lessons. I had a big experience of letting go this morning, with my middle child heading on the bus for her first day of Kindergarten. My oldest daughter’s first day, I was excited and felt comfortable with going to class, and she was excited too. But, Elise, my middle child, I feel differently. See, she’s been in developmental preschool for 3 years, dealing with autism. Over the summer I feel she has regressed so much, I don’t feel as if she is ready for Kindergarten. She didn’t want to go either. I held her yesterday with tears in my eyes knowing she was going to be a big girl today, and hoped that she could make friends and be understood. Continue reading “The Art of Letting Go”

Red Moon in Aquarius

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Thankfully we had a soft, tranquil transition throughout the new moon this August, because we will really have needed it with the full moon coming. This full moon in Aquarius, the Red Moon, is going to be intense, shaky, and perhaps life-altering. Under this new moon, things will come to an end, adding in room for new beginnings. Full moons are usually filled with energy, but with an upcoming eclipse, we are doubling up on that fiery energy. Oh- let’s add to that- August 13th starts another Mercury Retrograde.  Go ahead and take a deep inhale, open mouth exhale. Good. Continue reading “Red Moon in Aquarius”