The Doshas and the Cycles

Doshas Life Cycle

From the book, Spiritual Nutrition:  The seasons, the time of day, and one’s age are also forces affecting the balance of the doshas. From birth to the teen years, the predominant dosha is kapha. It governs growth. The most obvious manifestation of this is the tendency for frequent colds and runny noses we see in young children. From the teens to the sixties, pitta tends to predominate. Later, there is a tendency toward vata disorders such as arthritis, dryness of skin, tremors, emaciation, and memory loss. As we get older, no matter what our constitution, we need to shift our […]

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🌎 The Kapha Dosha 💧

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The kapha principle can be translated as biological water. It is considered to be formed from earth and water elements. Kapha governs the structure of the body. It is the principle that holds the cells together and forms the muscle, fat, bone, and sinew. The primary function of Kapha is protection. The Kapha dosha also regulates biological strength, vigor, stability, and natural tissue resistance. It lubricates the joints, moisturizes the skin, gives energy to the heart and lungs, helps heal wounds, and fills the spaces in the body. Kapha activates the anabolic or growth forces in the body – one […]

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🔥 Are You A Pitta Person? 🔥

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The pitta dosha is roughly translated as fire and is experienced as bodily heat energy. It is the force that governs metabolism. It affects digestion, assimilation, and body temperature. Pitta is formed from the water and fire elements. Those who are predominantly pitta are characterized by strong digestion, large appetites for food and drink, high body heat, and intolerance to heat and the sun. They have abundant perspiration, moderate strength and build, strong body odor, and a more coppery skin with lots of freckles, moles, and blackheads. Their skin is oily, and there is a tendency for their hair to […]

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🌐 The Vata Dosha 💨

Vata Dosha

Vata is considered the leader of the three Ayurvedic doshas and is made up of the elements Space & Air. Pitta and Kapha cannot move without the presence of Vata therefore keeping it in balance key! The vata dosha is roughly translated as air or wind, or ether in the Greek system. It is the principle of movement in the body and the energy that governs biological movement in the body. It is formed of two of the five elements: ether (space) and air. Vata regulates breathing, all movements of the muscles and tissues, the heart muscle, and all biological […]

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The Dosha Breakdown

The Spiritual Nutrition live-food diet is qualitatively different from the classic Ayurvedic diet, which aims primarily at balancing the doshas to prevent or heal disease. Although classical Ayurveda does not usually recommend a 100-percent live-food diet, we can certainly employ its principles to create an optimal, individualized, Spiritual Nutrition diet for ourselves.  Tridosha Defined There are many perspectives we can use to help guide our choice of diet. The tridosha system of the science of Ayurveda is particularly useful in helping us maintain our awareness of nutrition as the interaction between the forces of food and our own dynamic forces. […]

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Banana Smoothie Masalas- Phase 2

What is Masala? “Masala” is a Hindu word for referring to a seasoning blend that can be any combination of herbs, spices, and vegetables. These already prepared combinations speed up the food preparation process. In India they are often individualized to a particular geographic area or even to a particular food preparer. As you play with these combinations, I encourage making you own mixtures or varying proportions to your dosha needs.  Purchased masalas often have spices processed in several ways, including cooking in oil. Processing the herbs and spices in this way is said to help preserve the masala because it […]

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