AYURVEDA & THE DOSHAS
Ayurveda, literally meaning “the science of life” is an ancient holistic science over 5,000 years old offers a profound body of knowledge for understanding ourselves within the laws of nature, helping us to achieve vitality, optimal wellness and ageless beauty. According to Ayurveda, each individual along with nature in its entirety is comprised of the five fundamental elements: Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. These elements uniquely combine within each one of us, creating a distinct and unique blueprint also known as our Dosha. Knowing your Dosha will help you determine the best lifestyle choices, nutrition and skincare products that will offer optimal wellness for your mind, body and spirit.
There are 3 main Doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Vata is known for a lively personality and a restless, dreamy demeanor. Quick in thought and action, constant motion defines this creative soul. Usually slim with a fine-boned build, Vata skin tends to be dry and thin with small or invisible pores. Common skin imbalances are: premature aging, dehydration, fine lines and wrinkles.
Pitta is known for a passionate personality and determined soul. With sharp intellect, Pitta makes a good leader and facilitator of change. Usually a medium weight and build, Pitta skin tends to be sensitive or combination with congestion in the t-zone. Common skin imbalances are: breakouts, redness, inflammation and rosacea.
Kapha is known for a loyal personality and a strong, steady demeanor. With a calm and grounded presence, Kapha makes a great friend and nurturing companion. Usually a medium to larger build, Kapha skin tends to be smooth, oily and cool with larger pores. Common skin imbalances are: cystic acne around the mouth, excessive oiliness and blackheads.
“Even though the science of Ayurveda originated over 5,000 years ago, a common misconception is that it may not be relevant in our modern world. However, the beauty of Ayurveda is how incredibly timeless and all encompassing this science truly is . While the causes of skin imbalances may have changed over the years, the approach to truly heal the skin of these imbalances is still the same. Ayurveda teaches that by getting to the root cause of skin concerns, you are able to truly address and heal the skin, leading to genuine and lasting results, rather than simply using a product that offers only instant gratification. Ayurveda incorporates all-natural, holistic ingredients . such as pure herbs and botanicals that work to nourish and protect the skin, rather than foreign, synthetic ingredients like chemicals, toxins and artificial preservatives that offer no true benefits.”
“In creating the THE AJARA Holistic Wellness , our intention has always been to create nature-intelligent formulas that go beyond what’s inside the bottle and transcend into rituals of healing and self-care. Our passion has always been to help people heal. And we have always had a deep-seated love of nature – intrigued by its profound curative abilities. So we decided to devote our self to Ayurveda, as a way to fulfill our life’s purpose and give people the tools they need to stay healthy, balanced and happy every day of their lives. Through years of treating patients and their skin concerns, we found that Ayurvedic skincare just did not exist and decided to begin creating my own line, as we knew this was the only answer to truly heal and nourish the skin. We still continue to curate all formulations myself, incorporating my knowledge of Ayurveda, botany and chemistry to create formulas that are not only pure, but also effective, working to heal, boost healthy skin and provide optimal anti-aging support.”
Stress, environmental pollutants and poor lifestyle choices create a toxic load on the body that—if left in the tissues and bloodstream—results in poor health.
Panchakarma (PK) reverses this degenerative process quickly and its effects are often profound and long-lasting. PK uses a combination of massage, herbal saunas, special foods and nutritional directives, mild fasting and colon therapies to rid the body of accumulated toxins.
Your personal PK program begins with a thorough exam by an Ayurvedic Physician, which enables the doctor to recommend a program tailored to your individual health. As your PK treatments progresses, you will be given a special diet combined with certain herbs and essential oils to use at home. These will help stimulate your liver and digestive organs, helping them to purge toxins.
The Panchakarma cleansing process affects the whole person. Thus, during the program, you may notice changes on mental, physical and emotional levels. Many of our patients experience a “healing crisis.” This is a normal part of the healing process, and may be seen as a beneficial step toward optimal health.
A healing crisis occurs when a large quantity of toxins that have been locked in our tissues for years are released into the system for elimination. As these toxins are expelled, you may experience insomnia, heaviness, aching or general discomfort and flu-like symptoms. You may also develop a feverish feeling, which is simply your body’s way of burning up toxic waste. You may notice some emotional mood swings or experience intense feelings. Do not be alarmed—this is both a natural and necessary part of tissue cleansing. Make time to visit with your Ayurvedic Physician or facilitator on a daily basis while undergoing PK treatments and they will help to walk you through the process.
During the first stage of your Panchakarma therapy, when you are undergoing daily massage and steam baths, there are several things you can do to facilitate your body’s internal cleansing.
- Drink plenty of pure water, soothing herbal teas (be sure they are caffeine-free) and fresh, organic fruit and vegetable juices.
- Eat light foods in moderate amounts, and increase your daily rest.
- Be gentle and nurturing to yourself.
- Completing the PK Cycle
To complete your PK treatment, you will do a mild fast and special liver purge followed by a specialized rejuvenation program. You will be amazed at your increased energy level and renewed vitality. Periodic PK treatments, in addition to your individual dietary and exercise routines, will help to prevent disease and maintain optimal health.