Ayurveda is a treasure-trove containing 3,000 years of practical knowledge that we can apply in the modern world. Yogi is based on the ancient traditions of Ayurveda, as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Herbalism, tailored to the needs and well-being of people today.
Translating to “knowledge (veda) of life (ayus)”, Ayurveda considers every person unique, and everyone is seen and advised according to their individual history and constitution.
According to Ayurveda, the universe is composed of five elements (Tattvas): Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. The five elements are simplified into three principles or doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each express particular patterns of energy—unique blends of physical, mental and emotional characteristics.
According to Ayurveda, the universe is composed of five elements (Tattvas): Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. The five elements are simplified into three principles or doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Everyone has their own specific combination of the three doshas, the so-called ‘Prakruti,’ and that specific dosha constitution is the normal balanced state for each individual. For most people, one or two doshas will generally predominate, but in just a few people, all three doshas may be equally expressed.
Over the course of time, external factors can pull the original state of the doshas out of balance. Ayurvedic methods offer numerous ways of restoring one’s original balance of the doshas and supporting their personal balance and well-being.
“Vata” comes from the Sanskrit verb “vah” which means “to move”. Vata, identified as the wind element, symbolizes the motive principle in our bodies. Those with a predominance of Vata tend to be thin, light, and quick in their thoughts and actions.
“Pitta” is a word derived from the Sanskrit word “tap”, or “to heat”. Pitta, the fire element, affects the functions in the body that involve transformations, such as the body temperature and intellect. Those with a predominance of Pitta tend to be of medium build and are sharp, intelligent, and determined.
“Kapha“ is a contraction of the Sanskrit words “ka“ and “pha“, meaning “water“ and “to flourish“. The effect of Kapha is to add form and structure and it is identified as the water element. Those with a predominance of Kapha tend to be calm and stable, have a stockier frame and move more leisurely.