Ayurveda has become quite popular in the past few years. The thousands of years old Indian Medicine has helped many people regain their unique balance through individual treatment and lifestyle. Since November has already started and the Christmas stress is starting to creep in we wanted to give you a few tips and tricks on how to handle it so the snowstorm can pass and you can enjoy the wonderful Christmas Wonderland.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an ancient medicine system coming from India and Sri Lanka. It works on the basic knowledge that everything is made out of the five elements: air, ether, fire, water, and earth which then create the three Doshas: Vata (air & ether), Pitta (fire & water), and Kapha (Water & Earth). Each person is born with a so-called Prakriti their unique Dosha combination. This combination defines the healthy and happy state of a person. If the individual constitution gets out of balance well-being, unhappiness and even sickness can be experienced. Thus the goal in life is to keep up the unique combination of the three Doshas or recreate it whenever it gets “lost”.
Vata, Pitta or Kapha?
Now you are probably wondering what Dosha is most dominant in your unique constitution. There are many online questionnaires that help you quite easily simply search for “Dosha Quastionary” or “Ayurveda Dosha Test”. A consultation with a professional is, of course, more precisely. Anyway, you need to make sure you answer the questions not from your current state since your constitution could be out of balance, but rather answer with how you were as a newborn or most of your life.
The Christmas Stress
We all know the business of November and especially December: buying or making Advent Calendars, preparing travels and visits while organizing the perfect Christmas Eve Dinner, and getting everyone their beloved gift. But what is the purpose of the most wonderful time of the year when we spend it stuck with our to-do lists?
While the western world views stress simply as one thing – stress – Ayurveda looks at how it affects our individual situations and constitutions. While a person with a lot of Pitta (fire & water) may react to stress with an increased tendency to be irritated, a person with a lot of Vata (air & ether) may experience more fear, a Kapha (water & earth) dominated Person will be more prone to melancholy. While non is better than the other each situation and a person needs different things in different situations which simply can be explained with the doshas. Very simply put the following can give you an understanding of how rebalancing works:
While Vata is cold – it needs warmth to relax, Pitta is warm – it needs cold to cool down, Kapha needs movement to stay in motion.
Our Little Advent Tip
Maybe life already is so busy you don´t have the time and energy to get into the deep knowledge of Ayurveda right now and you wonder how you are supposed to apply a new method to your life to create more balance and peace while having to add something new. Well, don´t worry. We got you.
We found an Ayurveda Advent Calendar Collection written by an Ayurveda Health Consultant. You can find a booklet for each of the Doshas and thus one suited for your main Dosha. If you happen to be a Tri-Dosha which means all three Doshas are equally present in your constitution the booklet choice is all yours. You should know that especially Vata increases during the winter season so the Vata Advent Calendar is especially suitable.
Note: If you struggle with your health or illness in any form please contact a professional! This article is only for informative purposes. Ayurvedic medical accuracy is not guaranteed.