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.

Spiritual Baths

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Like many people, you probably enjoy taking a nice, luxurious, warm bath at the end of the evening. I know that I do! In fact, it’s one of my favorite daily activities, and if it doesn’t happen at least once a day, something feels off. But, how much thought and effort are you putting into these baths? Maybe you’re like me, and don’t add much effort at all. I  run my bath to the desired temperature, hop it, sit around for 15 minutes playing on my phone, hop out and that’s a wrap. So, what’s the point? Well, have you ever had a spiritual bath?

“Spiritual baths have been used by our ancestors as a connection with Spirit. The baths are used to cleanse your aura, or energy field, and that in turn will attract or manifest what one desires. They are also used to help remove or release blockages from one’s energy so that they can align themselves with the desires and plans of spirit (or one’s self),” instructs Free L’Amour from the company Let’s Get U.G.L.I. L’Amour is in the businesses of selling these wonderful spiritual baths with many different meanings an intentions behind each one, and she has firsthand knowledge of the usefulness of these cleansing spiritual baths.

1269224.large“The baths are like ‘self baptism’- when one submerges themselves in the water, I feel it is like us comping back home. Water is the element associated with the intuition, our emotions, our subconscious mind, and the Divine Feminine. When we enter the water, it helps us to relax. When you are in a state of relaxation, Spirit can then communicate to you while you are awake. In a state of relaxation, it is easier  to tap into our subconscious mind which can direct us, guide us, and show us how to manifest, release, attract, or remove,” L’Amour explains.

Recently L’Amour’s company sent me one of her bath kits- the Love Kit. This kit is useful for attracting love, loving oneself, or removing the blockages which allow us to love fully. Within it came two candles, a rose quartz, palo santo, and her beautiful bath mixture that was full of pink salts, sugars, herbs, oils and rose petals. I felt more loving just opening it all.

“The herbs, oils, and the salt color that have the energy for attracting love and/or releasing blockages that keep us from allowing love to flow to us. The benefits of using the bath are spiritual, emotional, mental and physical.  This bath helps us to balance mind, body and soul. Once aligned, then we become the magnets that we are to attract and manifest a life that we love.”

This takes our ordinary soothing bath to a whole new level physically, spiritually and emotionally. Physically our body is soothed by the oils that glide over our warm skin. Emotionally, our spirits are lifted from the earthy scents of the herbs, salts and rose petals. Spiritually, we are cleaned from the inside out allowing room for new and more meaningful things in our lives. We leave behind the plain bath of hot water and IPhone time, to a magical experience that transcends us higher and more into our intuition.

“Each Kit is prayed over under the power of the moon phases as I connect with the powerful energies and I direct those energies into each soul. It is like me touching in agreement with the person ordering and I know and fully believe that if ‘two or three agree’ we gain the intention is spirit (or the universe, or ourselves) immediately.”

If you want to try out one of I Am U.G.L.I’s kits, click here . There are many to choose from depending on the needs that you have right now. Add even more fun: Pick a few oracle cards before your bath like I did for something to meditate on!

Let me know in the comments about your bathing experiences, and if you enjoy spiritual baths.

Love & Light.

Danielle

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”

Tapping Into your Intuition (Hey Sigmund)

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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”