Yoga and Ayurveda are Vedic sciences that have been practiced for thousands of years for the sake of healing the body, mind, and consciousness. Yoga is the realization of one’s true Self while Ayurveda is the realization of one’s optimal health. Both understand that imbalance and attachment are at the root of suffering and that the ultimate state of health is expressed when we abide, balanced, in our true nature. Both Yoga and Ayurveda apply mindfulness of diet, asana, pranayama, herbs, and meditation for healing the whole being.
There are three doshas in Ayurveda. They are bio-energetic conditions that are created out of the gunas by the five elements.
* Space (in Sanskit, akasha) possesses the qualities of being light, fine, smooth, and soft.
* Air (in Sanskrit, vayu) possesses the qualities of being agile, cold, light, dry, rough, and fine.
* Fire (in Sanskrit, tejas)possesses the qualities of being hot, sharp, clear, fine, light, and dry.
* Water (in Sanskrit, ap) possesses the qualities of being cold, soft, liquid, oily, slimy, agile, and heavy.
* Earth (in Sanskrit, prithivi) possesses the qualities of being heavy, hard, course, rough, solid, compact, and slow.
The elements of fire and water together form the Ayurveda bio-energy called pitta. The pitta dosha is important primarily for all digestive and heating processes in the body. This applies to the processes in the organs and tissues as well as in the cellular structure. Pitta is increased in the late spring and summer months when the weather is warmer. It is also heightened at noon and midnight and in adulthood.
Each individual has their very own unique pattern of the three doshas: Pitta, Kapha, and Vata. It is important to maintain a balance in respect to one's own unique pattern, to prevent illness.
When pitta is imbalanced, it may contribute to feelings of anger and frustration. It may drive one to become overly competitive or a work-aholic. It may contribute to physical overheating or exhaustion of adrenals from stress or hypertension. If pitta is depleted, one may find that they have become lethargic, depressed, or have grown "cold" to the world around them.
Yoga and Ayurvedic techniques may be applied to maintain healthy and balanced pitta fires for overall health to the body and mind.