Now that you understand the basics fundamentals that make up Ayurveda training, let’s delve a little deeper and attempt to understand the complex system doshas - Vata, Pitta and Kapha
Vata is said to comprise of air and space and regulates all kinds of movements in the human body. Any bodily motion—chewing, swallowing, nerve impulses, breathing, muscle movements, thinking, peristalsis, bowel movements, urination, menstruation—requires balanced vata. If the vata dosha however, is thrown out of balance, all these movements in the body are negatively affected.
Pitta dosha comprises of fire and water. It governs all transformational processes of the human body like metabolism, sensory perception, digestion, temperature maintenance and comprehension. Imbalance in the Pitta dosha creates disruptions in these basic processes of the human body and can induce issues like inflammation, sharpness and pain.
Kapha dosha is believed to be a composite of earth and water. This dosha is said to be responsible for the stability and structure of the human body. It forms the substance of the human body, from the skeleton to various organs to the fatty molecules (lipids) that support the body. An excess of kapha leads to an overabundance of density, heaviness, and excess in the body.
These three doshas interact with each other and play their role to make various body systems work. And any imbalance between these three is what leads the body towards diseases and health issues. And that is where ayurvedic herbs and different healing techniques are used to restore balance and remedy the ailment being faced by a patient.
Dr. Gurnam Saini has over 15 years’ experience in Ayurvedic naturopathy treatments in Melbourne, Australia. He has completed his bachelor degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, India. He has done MD in Alternative Medicine and certificate courses in Panchakarma Detox, Pulse diagnosis and skin care. In Australia he pursued post graduate degree in mental health from La Trobe University, Melbourne (Australia). He has worked as associated Nurse Unit Management in Eastern Healths, Melbourne for 9 years. He is also a member of the Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA). He has won awards for ground-breaking work in Ayurveda globally. Read More