The Wisdom of Abiding in Wellness

The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda teaches that wellness begins with good digestion. When signs of indigestion are apparent, we can reverse them before they compound through the six levels of imbalance, which can lead to irreversible conditions. This applies specifically to food and to our mental digestion of experience.

Ayurveda teaches that honouring our unique pattern of energies (air/fire/water) is the key to a balanced life. If your diet, lifestyle and mind lead you to excess or deficiency, it is good to recognise that and start removing the causes.

Following on from the incredibly popular “Wisdom of Life”, “Wisdom of Elements” and “Wisdom of Self-Care” events held last year, we are delighted to again have beautiful Meta B Doherty join us to bring her wealth of knowledge through “The Wisdom of Abiding in Wellness – A Day of Ayurveda” incorporating yoga, breathing, meditation, chanting, cooking and a discussion on recommendations for abiding wellness with some actual practices.

Sounds a bit of a mouthful, so we’ve compiled some simple facts to explain this amazing ancient Indian healing system.

Ayurveda is said to be a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge).

According to ayurvedic theory, good health is dependent on a careful balance between body, mind and spirit. The system is based on the idea that we are made up of a combination of five elements: air, water, fire, earth, and space. These elements combine in the body to form three life forces, called doshas: vata, kapha, and pitta. Each of us usually has one predominant dosha.

The unique balance of our doshas is believed to explain our individual differences and potential for particular illness or disease. Any imbalance is said to interrupt the natural flow of energy, or prana in our bodies as well as impair our digestion and effect our overall well being.

Vata dosha

  • A combination of space and air, controlling movement.
  • Responsible for basic body processes such as breathing, cell division and circulation.
  • Physical areas in the body are the large intestine, pelvis, bones, skin, ears, and thighs.
  • Individuals with vata as their main dosha are believed to be quick-thinking, thin, and fast, and be susceptible to anxiety, dry skin, and constipation.

Kapha dosha

  • Combines the elements of water and earth.
  • Believed to be responsible for strength, immunity, and growth.
  • Physical areas in the body are the chest, lungs, and spinal fluid.
  • Individuals with kapha as their main dosha are thought to be calm, have a solid body frame, are susceptible to diabetes, obesity, sinus congestion, and gallbladder problems.

Pitta dosha

  • Combines fire and water.
  • Believed to influence hormones and the digestive system.
  • Physical areas in the body are the small intestines, stomach, sweat glands, skin, blood, and eyes.
  • Individuals with pitta as their main dosha are thought to have a fiery personality, oily skin, and be susceptible to heart disease, stomach ulcers, inflammation, heartburn, and arthritis.

Once your predominant dosha is determined by an ayurvedic practitioner, an individualized treatment plan is created, which includes a distinct recommendation for diet, exercise, herbs, yoga, meditation, and massage.

We have the absolute pleasure of welcoming Meta B Doherty to The Sound Temple on Sunday 12th May where she will share her immense wisdom and knowledge of Ayurveda to promote, holistic health and longevity.  Meta is the author of two books and here are two beautiful quotes from her book “Ayurveda Forever Wellbeing”…

“Ayurveda encourages our practice of  selfless service, unconditional love, forgiving and forgetting”

Ayurveda takes care of ayus, embodied life: soul, mind, senses and body in intelligent communication”

It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday and you may be searching for the perfect gift for your mother or that special person who has been like a mother to you.  Imagine being able to give your mother the gift of abiding in wellness?!

Bring your mum along to meet Meta who will share her wealth of knowledge through ‘The Wisdom of Abiding in Wellness – A Day of Ayurveda’ with a beautiful nourishing and inspiring day of yoga, breathing, meditation and cooking some delicious food.  We can’t think of a more fitting gift for Mother’s Day … the gift of LOVE!