So often in life, we shrug off the inner voice that guides us. When something doesn't feel right, we usually get that little notion within ourselves to change something about the situation. But how often have we just chosen to not listen, turn a blind eye and do the complete opposite of what we know … Continue reading Trust your inner voice
Pitta Prakruti (constitution) people are the fieriest of the lot. They have energy to keep on going, even when other constitutions back down (Vata & Kapha). They do not give up in a fight, and are witty, sarcastic and extremely intelligent. On the negative end of the spectrum, Pitta constitutions can be judgmental and adament about having their own way. Their dominating elements are Fire and Water. Their digestion is usually very powerful, however it can very easily lean towards Tikshnagni, meaning an overly strong digestive fire, which chars up food, instead of breaking it down and properly absorbing nutrients. Pitta dominant persons have a fiery personality, sharp tongue and can easily dominate a conversation. They are charismatic, charming and can win people over with ease. They tend to have reddish hair and a beautiful, lustrous and alluring glow. Their eyes are sharp and penetrating, as if they could look into your soul. They bruise and bleed easily, and can suffer from disorders related to the digestive system, liver and spleen. They often suffer with inflammation, bleeding gums, balding and early graying. Ruled astrologically by the Sun, Mars and the south node of the moon, Ketu, they are impulsive, argumentative, competitive and domineering. They make excellent teachers, doctors, surgeons, scientists, inventors and technicians. Being highly expressive in nature, Pitta dominant people are usually very creative and artistic. They are vivid and passionate. They express their intense stamina and force through their sexual energy. They are deep thinkers and can be jealous and revengeful at times. Pitta constitutions are natural born leaders and do well in positions of authority and power. Pitta's are courageous and enthusiastic. They have a keen sense of judgement, are highly perceptive and discriminative. If the Sun and planet Mars are...
Ayurveda is very specific about the different classifications of people. There are three main categories, each representative of the 5 elements and their combinations. These are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Vata dosha is comprised of the Air and Space element. Hence people with predominance of these two elements tend to be rather airy and spacey! Lets talk about some of their characteristics. They tend to be on either side of the spectrum in terms of height - either rather short, or unusually tall. They're typically frail and thin, and have a hard time putting on any weight. The planet Saturn, and North node Rahu rule over Vata Dosha dominated people. There is however, Mercurial influence because the planet Mercury is Airy in nature. This Mercurial energy makes them excellent communicators. Their energy is best utilized in fields such as teachers, consultants, computer programmers as well as in media. They also tend to have changing and often unpredictable emotions. Their memory is often short term or erratic. Vata dominated people are however, very talkative and sociable. They mix easily with others, especially if Mercury and Rahu are well placed in their birth chart. When Vata is too high, due to an ill-placed Saturn and Rahu, Vata's suffer from alienation and find themselves unable to relate to anyone. They do tend to be rather intellectual and communicative, but often times restless and changable. Often influenced by the behaviour of others, Vatas are sometimes regarded as fickle and unstable. This is a characteristic that can be modified with Yoga and meditation, which are two practices extremely beneficial to Vata predominant persons in particular. Vata dominated individuals should avoid dry and light foods, cold climates and sleeping late. Once they get into the habit of sleeping late, it is usually difficult to break the habit, and their naturally high Vata dosha, gets further aggravated, resulting in fatigue, insomnia and body ache. On the flip side, it is advised to keep warm, indulge in somewhat oily foods (preferably cooked in Ghee) and try to get into bed earlier. Indulge yourself in hot oil massages every now and then (daily if possible) and get plenty of sunlight. Spend a few minutes everyday to meditate and practice Yoga. Vata dosha, is said to be the King of Doshas, without which, neither Pitta nor Kapha can be fully expressed. Vata dominated individuals make life interesting, adventurous and evolutionary. Their sense of adventure and thrill, makes them exciting to be around. They do however, need to be aware of getting burnt out due to over-exertion and hyperactivity.
Ojas is the essence or nectar of the 7 bodily tissues (Plasma - Blood - Muscle - Fat - Bone - Marrow - Reproductive Fluid.) In Western terms, it is referred to as the body's immunity. It is far more than this however. Ojas is the binding fluid that exists in every cell of our body, protecting us continuously as we interact with other people and nature. It is often described as our body's ability to fight disease. Without this protective shield, our body is prone to rapid and severe aging, both physically and mentally. Apart from not having energy to function and perform daily tasks, we may become forgetful, absent-minded and unmotivated. Ojas is called our vital force, because it does just that - it gives us vitality, strength, enthusiasm and courage.
Fairly new to the western world, the Ayurvedic herb known as Ashwaghanda (Withania somnifera), is slowly but surely gaining popularity. It is affectionately known in Sanskrit by a variety of names, each of which denoting its powerful properties. Some of the more popular names are Vajinama, Balada, Vrusha - all of which express the strengthening and sexual vigor-promoting qualities of Ashwaghanda. It provides the strength and vitality of a horse, and smells like one too! It is a fairly light herb to digest, and is nourishing because it promotes moisturization and lubrication within the body. It has 3 primary tastes - sweet, astringent and bitter. It's potency is hot, therefore it is used to treat conditions such as Constipation, Paralysis, Asthma, Fatigue, Insomnia and Pain. In combination with other drugs, Ashwaghanda has also been used in effectively treating Rheumatoid Arthritis. A mixture of 5gms of Ashwaghanda powder + 10gms of Ghee in a glass of hot milk with a dash of sugar acts an excellent tonic, is nutritious and induces peaceful deep sleep. It should be taken atleast 1 hour before sleeping. Ashwaghanda has also proven to work effectively in treating nervine conditions such as Alzheimer's Disease, ADHD, Parkinson's and other degenerative disorders. It strengthens the heart, muscles, brain and reproductive fluid of both males and females. It is used as the drug of choice to promote the body's natural Immunity, known as Ojas. It helps to build tissue quickly and is often used by body builders and athletes. If taken in capsule form, it is best taken under the guidance of an Ayurvedic Physician. If taken incorrectly, it can promote excessive growth and developmental abnormalities, as well as lethargy, indigestion, bloating etc.