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Ayurveda & Yoga

Ayurveda - the science of diet

Yoga is so much more than physical exercise; it’s a lifestyle. Healthy eating is a big part of healthy living. To this end, I would urge you to shine some light on Ayurveda.

In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life”. Lord Patañjali, who is accredited with having written the yoga sutras (which form the basis of all modern forms of yoga) is also accredited as having first invented language (i.e. Sanskrit) and medicine (i.e. Ayurveda).

Ayurveda emphasises means to achieve the prevention of disease. Modern (western) medicine is obsessed with ‘cures’ for ‘symptoms’ but Ayurveda goes to the root cause of the dis-ease, as “we are what we eat”!

The entire universe is an interplay of the energies of the five great elements—Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Vata, Pitta and Kapha are combinations and permutations of these five elements that manifest as patterns present in all creation.

All human beings contain Vata, Pitta and Kapha energies, but one of these three things tends to dominate. Whichever energy dominates is your ‘dosha’. You can work what dosha you are by undertaking the following quiz (circling the box which describes you best and totting up the scores at the end):

So now you know what dosha you are, its time to think about what diet will suit you best. What follows are some general pointers which will hopefully spur you on to do your own further research based on your dosha.

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