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Understanding the Doshas (part ii): Vata Posted on:

In a previous post I discussed the Vimshati Gunas which are referred to in the Ashtanga Hridayam. These attributes provide us with a means to describe all aspects of nature – including the doshas.

This brings me to the first of the three doshas used in Ayurveda, Vata. According … (read more)

Understanding the Doshas (part i): Vimshati Gunas Posted on:

It is said, to understand these three “humors” or forces, one needs to study them for eight years, as they are metaphors for Mother Nature’s movements in the manifest world.

~ Atreya Smith (Ayurvedic Healing for Women)

The above quote from my teacher is the best indication that it is … (read more)

The Fasting Pulse (part iii) Posted on:

The fast is over and I feel privileged to have had the experience of observing the participants and the effect it had on their respective doshas.

As none of the participants shared an identical prakriti (natal doshic type), any similarities in the pulse were mainly isolated to the influence of … (read more)

The Fasting Pulse (part ii) Posted on:

It’s the end of the first week of fasting and the impact of the fasting on the pulse has been very informative.

While fasting is used as therapy in Ayurveda, it is only recommended in specific circumstances. Certain dosha types are excluded from fasts (eg, Vata) as the act of … (read more)

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