Terminology

Agni

Agni is often compared to digestion but Agni is more than digestive fire, Agni also determines the ability to choose wisely. Basically when Agni is good we are likely to be healthy, when disturbed for example, too strong or too weak, there is a likelihood of ill health sooner or later.

...All diseases arise from impaired Agni.. 

When Agni is not working so well symptoms may include, feeling bloated, heartburn, indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea…to keep to busy schedules, we either ignore these signs completely or buy over the counter remedies in an effort to keep the symptoms at bay.

One simple way to monitor your own Agni is to check your tongue, do you continually have a coating over the tongue? Checking the tongue and paying attention to our bodies gives the first indication that things are not working as well as they could and is the time to consider consulting an Ayurvedic professional.

Dosha

The word Dosha refers to which elements are most dominant in an individual, according to Ayurveda we are all made from a mixture of the five elements, space, air, fire, water and earth. Where there is a dominance of space and air it is called Vata dosha. A dominance of fire is called Pitta dosha and a dominance of water and earth is called Kapha dosha.

Dinacharya

Dinacharya or daily routine is essential for maintaining good health and well being. A regular routine creates a sense of rhythm between the environment and us. Daily routines also ensure regularity of the body functions such as excretion, digestion, assimilation of food and sleep. Following a healthy routine everyday can help promote self-esteem, discipline, peace, happiness, and maybe even a long and healthy life.

Panchakarma

Panchakarma, according to classical Ayurvedic theory there are five detoxification therapies known collectively as Panchakarma. Each of these therapies can be performed as a stand-alone therapy or as part of a longer detoxification programme.

Panchakarma includes specific diets, lifestyle and body treatments and typically consists of preparatory treatment (purva karma) followed by the main treatment (pradhana karma) and then the post-treatment (paschat karma).

Panchakarma when used as either a single treatment or as a detoxification programme is intensive and should only be performed under careful supervision with an experienced Ayurvedic Practitioner who has extensive knowledge of the patient, the disease and therapies.

Panchamahabhutas

Panchamahabhutas are the five functional elements Earth, water, fire, air and space.

According to Ayurveda all things, living and non-living, are formed of a unique combination of the five functional elements.

Prakriti

Prakriti or constitution is the unique ratio of Vata Pitta or Kapha, the individual’s birth blueprint and is similar to genetic make up. The balance of Prakriti influences the way we look and think, the way our physical body operates including digestion, immunity, energy levels, desires and motivation. The underlying aim and principle in Ayurveda is to restore the individual’s natural balance using dietary and lifestyle advice, herbal remedies, external body treatments or detoxification and rejuvenation procedures (Panchakarma).

Tri-Dosha

Tri-Dosha the concept of 3 bio-energies: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Rasayana

Rasayana or rejuvenation is the study of herbs, minerals and therapies and how the use of Ayurveda could improve lifespan, intellect and strength. Rasayana therapies are practiced to help promote a long healthy life.

Rtucharya

Rtucharya or seasonal routine considers how the changing qualities of nature can impart our constitution. A common problem in modern life occurs when we consider ourselves separate from nature, but as the seasons change, observable changes in our environment including increasing or reducing heat, moisture or dryness can impact our bodies. As each dosha is governed by functional energies, there can be an increase and decrease of qualities depending on the season i.e. increased dryness in the body from summer heat or autumn winds. To prevent imbalances it is important to be aware of and align ourselves to the changing qualities of our environment.

Swasthya

Swasthya commonly translated from Sanskrit as good healthswa’ -‘self’ and ‘sthya’ -‘rooted or seated in’ suggests that good health stems from being rooted in true self or nature.

Swasthya refers to many aspects of the self but most commonly to our own Prakriti and whether our diet, lifestyle and environment are conducive for maintaining balance and health.

Ayur~ meaning Life. ~Veda meaning Science or Knowledge.