TriDosha Theory of Ayurveda.

Ayurveda.

Well before modern medicine, the sages of India developed Ayurveda, the system of treating illness. Directly translated, Ayurveda is the science of life; Ayur ~ life & Veda ~ science or knowledge. It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy as well as helping to find individual full human potential.

There are two main guiding principles of Ayurveda:

  1. The mind and the body are inextricably connected
  2. Nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind

It seems fairly simple, and the mind is truly a very powerful tool. But Ayurveda goes deeper into individual “make-up” with the doshas in order for humans to fully understand how to treat your own body, because we’re all made up differently and what works for me may not work for you.

Dosha.

Dosha is known as the inherent intelligence of the body. It is our individual “make-up”. According to ayurveda, each of us has a unique mix of three mind and body principles, kapha (earth + water), pitta (fire + water), and vata (air +ether). These principles, known as doshas, make up our specific mental and physical characteristics and how these three doshas work together in each of us is a manifestation of our basic nature. The doshas we possess then work in us to manifest our dharma in this life.

Each one of us are a different dosha or combination of doshas. When we know what are make-up is, we can then begin to treat our body accordingly and live our life to the fullest possible potential. You can find a super short & simple quiz on Yoga International. The quiz will give you a result at the end but doesn’t provide much additional information on the dosha or combination so it is best to continue to research.

Vata.

I’ve have received the result of Vata (air + ether). Movement and change are dominate characteristics for Vata Doshas. We tend to always be on the go with an energetic and creative mind. If Vata is in balance, we will be more likely to be living a lively and enthusiastic life.

Balancing Vata means to be on high alert of managing stress. An extreme amount of stress can easily make dominate Vata doshas feel out of control and this may result in anxiety, insomnia, and weight loss. It’s important to slow down and take time for meditation, a regular scheduled meal structure, and quality amount of rest.

Vatas also tend to be cold, light, irregular, dry, and always changing. For balance, seek warmth, stability, and consistency. A routine and structure can be immensely helpful in Vata’s lives. Practice easy movement like yoga, walking, dancing, or light bicycling can also help to distress.

This information is very much just skimming the surface. There are so many tips and insight for each dosha and combinations that I believe can truly help each of us live a happier, healthier life. If you find out which dosha you relate most to, share with me and I can help provide more insight into that specific one. Feel free to share in the comments, through email (onedreamyyogaflow@gmail.com), or on Instagram (@onedreamyyogaflow). I hope you find this information as exciting as I do! 🙂

Om Shanti Shanti Om. 

Chill Days + Holistic Remedies: Allergy Edition

It’s Saturday, it’s been snowing since late last night and will continue to snow throughout the day, and I’m at home dealing with seasonal allergies. My allergies tend to flare up around this time every year and will last for a few days. I’ll deal with the typical symptoms of stuffy nose, ear + nose congestion, and brain fog. Going outside and putting my body through too much stress tends to make it worse. So I am grateful for this snow day even if I’m not the biggest fan of the snow.

I’m much more of an outdoors person and if the weather permits, I’d rather be spending my time outside. But your body needs rest and relaxation. I have to repeat this to myself plenty since I am the type of person that doesn’t want to slow down. I go at 100 miles a minute and want to be as productive as possible. I intentionally have to carve out “no plan” days where I can just allow myself to not do anything. In the words of Tom Haverford, these our my treat yo’self days.

Around Thursday my seasonal allergies started to sneak up and I knew I needed to take some time to rest. Luckily, my job is at a desk so that doesn’t put too much stress on my body and therefore I don’t have to miss work. But if I have an opportunity, like a Saturday to chill, I’ll take it.

Here are my favorite ways to enjoy my “chill day”:

  • Go to bed early or take a nap.
  • Move your body in simple ways that feels good like restorative yoga or stretching. Getting oxygen and blood flow moving can do wonders for your body.
  • Clean a space in your home.
  • Bake something or cook your favorite meal.
  • Call a loved one.
  • Read a book you’ve been putting off.
  • Do laundry & wash your sheets.
  • Journal or doodle out your current thoughts.
  • Take a bath with products you love.

If you’re like me, you avoid western medicine as much as possible unless desperately needed. I prefer to go the holistic route to really listen to my body and build up my immune system naturally. So I’ve listed out my favorite holistic remedies for allergies below.

Holistic remedies

  • Apple Cider Vinegar + Honey
  • Exercise or movement: similar to what I described above
  • Homemade soup: I prefer to make myself a little spicier as well to help clear out my sinuses. I will share my favorite soup recipes soon!
  • Bee Pollen: This is great to add into your diet outside of the allergy season to build up your immune system to pollen. Sprinkle on yogurt, oatmeal, across toast, or in salads.
  • Probiotics: In some cases allergy symptoms are a result of your body’s immune system being imbalanced. This can cause you to have a more severe reaction to foreign stimuli – like pollen, dust, and grass. This is most likely my case with being a new resident to the Colorado area so probiotics can help give my immune system a boost. Good sources of probiotics are items like kimchi and kombucha. 
  • H2O: We’ve always heard it – “Stay hydrated!” but it is so true. Water works miracles and especially if you dealing with allergies or another sickness, fluids are very important.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on holistic remedies and if you have any special tricks up your sleeve I haven’t mentioned! Share with me in the comment section or email me at onedreamyyogaflow@gmail.com. Also, follow along with additional tips and update on my instagram @onedreamyyogaflow.

Hope you’re all having a beautiful Saturday & staying warm wherever you’re located 🙂

Namaste.