“The Science of Life,” known in Sanskrit as Ayurveda, is considered by academics and scholars across the globe to be the oldest healing science. Referred to as the “Mother of All Healing,” Ayurveda is traced back to India’s ancient Vedic Culture, dating back more than 5000 years. Initially Ayurveda was only taught from master to disciple, and while some of this knowledge was put into print, much of it still isn’t accessible, despite the West’s healing systems being rooted in Ayurvedic principles.
Ayurveda operates differently than Western medicine, as its principles focus on the fact that the body, mind and consciousness work together to maintain balance, viewed as the different facets of one’s being. This philosophy states the entire Universe, in all its vastness, is an interplay of the five great element’s energies; Space, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are combinations, or rather permutations, of these five elements that manifest in ALL creation.
Vata represents the energy that is associated with movement. This encompasses the Space and Air elements, while at the same time governing one’s pulse, breath, muscle / tissue movement, and heart rhythms. Responsible for our creativity, and flexibility, if thrown out of balance, Vata can also be responsible for fear and anxiety.
Pitta represents the body’s metabolic system and encompasses the Fire and Water elements. The includes, but is not limited to, absorption, nutrition, metabolism, and your overall body temperature (98.6° Fahrenheit). When in balance, Pitta promotes understanding, and intelligence, but out of balance comes the arousal of jealousy, hatred and anger.
Kapha represents the body’s overall structure, which encompasses bones, muscles and tendons, and acts as the “glue” that holds all cells together. Represented by the elements of Earth and Water, Kapha supplies moisture to the skin, lubricates the joints, and helps maintain immunity. When in balance, Kapha is the energy of Love, but when out of balance, one can experience an outpouring of greed and envy.
Somewhere along the way, human beings started operating from a place of separatism, essentially convincing themselves that the elements, and in turn their energy fields, were all operating independently of each other. However, the reality is, everything, and everyone, is connected in one way or the other. If accepted as Universal Truth, if a part of the whole is out of balance, the whole is out of balance. For example, let’s imagine a person practicing yoga in their living room…they’re young, healthy, seemingly not in any physical pain, but what can’t be seen is the fact that while everything looks good from the outside, they’re actually suffering from fear, anxiety, jealousy, and/or hatred. Is this person focused on the parts that are in balance, or solely on the parts that are out of balance?
Operating from the same space, if your fingers and hands are out of balance, or maybe just simply being ignored, achieving balance in your body, mind and overall consciousness isn’t possible. As Koi Fresco states, “Balance is the key to everything. What we do, think, say, eat, feel, they all require awareness, and through this awareness, we can grow.”
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