Ayurveda for Nordic Lifestyle
Ayurveda is a system of medicine that has been traced back to 5,000 BCE and has it's roots in India.
Fire & Water
Elements: fire (tejas) + water (aap)
Qualities: sharp, hot, oily, smooth, mobile
Season: late spring thru summer
Main Location: small intestines
Pitta is responsible for digestion and transformation. Pitta is the heat that transforms food, thoughts and physical exertion into energy. Pitta is the medium and agni (digestive fire) is the content, so the state of pitta dosha determines whether a person digests food properly.
Air & Ether
Elements: air (vayu) + ether (akash)
Qualities: dry, light, cold, mobile, rough
Season: fall thru mid-winter
Main Location: colon
Vata is often introduced as the “leader of the ayurvedic doshas” because it is crucial for all movements of the body. Without vata, pitta and kapha are stagnant. Heart beat, blinking eyes, walking, elimination and circulation, are all governed by vata.
Water & Earth
Elements: water (aap) + earth (prithvi)
Qualities: heavy, cold, wet, oily, static
Season: winter – early spring
Main Location: stomach + lungs
Kapha is often introduced as the “biological strength and vitality” of all the doshas, because it is crucial for structure and lubrication within the body. It is the sturring force within the body and governs immune function. Lubrication of the brain, joints, reproductive organs, tissues and skin are due to kapha. Without kapha, our bodies would shrivel like raisins.