Yoga and Ayurveda are two paths intertwined. Ayurveda dates back 5,000 years to the ancient Sanskrit texts, the Vedas. Ayurveda views that the human body, when healthy, is in harmony and self-correcting.

Through diet, emotions, lifestyle, seasonal factors, physical trauma, and toxins we can become unbalanced. Ayurveda prescribes lifestyle changes to maintain balance. According to the philosophy, universal life force manifests as three different energies, or doshas, known as Vata, (ether and air) Pitta, (fire and water) and Kapha. (water and earth) We are all made up of a unique combination of these three forces. Most people tend to have an abundance of one or two of the doshas.

As you move through life, the proportion of each of the three doshas constantly fluctuates according to your environment, your diet, the seasons, the climate, your age, and many other factors. As they move into and out of balance, the doshas can affect your health, energy level, and general mood.

The key to maintaining your personal balance is to be aware of your imbalances. To then adopt simple practices to bring your health back to order.

Just as everyone has a unique fingerprint, each person has a particular pattern of energy- an individual combination of physical, mental and emotional characteristics- which comprises their own constitution.

(Dr Vasant Lad, The Ayurveda Institute)