This class is part of an Ayurveda Master Class series (see: Vata Dosha, Pitta Dosha, and Kapha Dosha) intended for individuals who are familiar with the foundation principles of Ayurveda and are looking to move beyond the basic understanding of the Tridosha.
According to Ayurvedic philosophy, all things in the world - the entire cosmos! - are composed of a collaborative network of the energies of the five elements Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether (Space). These elements are grouped into three functional principles that are likewise present in everybody and everything called the doshas - Vata, Pitta, and Kapha; they give rise to all rhythms and patterns in the natural world, and govern psychophysiological response and pathological changes in the human organism. When these three principles are working together in proper balance, they maintain a harmonious physiology, and thus healthy state of body and mind.
Body, mind, and consciousness must be in cooperation in order to maintain balance and thus health; learning how to bring these three facets of one’s being into balance requires an understanding of the unique energies of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, as well as how they work together.
The Tridosha can not be separated. They are a team that works together, each with distinct roles and domains, interacting with and thus influencing one another. Together, they create organization which regulates Ma Nature’s cycles. The three doshas, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, give rise to all the rhythms and patterns in nature. The movement of the galaxies, the orbits of planets, and the spin of electrons, the revolving patterns of V/P/K can be observed everywhere. The annual seasons come and go in cycles, as do lunar months, as do days, heartbeats, cellular growth and degeneration. The lifespan of an organism can be observed in cycles. In the context of the human body, the Tridosha play a critical role in the maintenance of cellular health and longevity.
Each dosha plays a vital part in upholding the functioning of billions of cells that constitute the human body. Kapha is the force of growth and development, giving stability and structure to things, and maintaining longevity on the cellular level. Pitta is the force of transformation, governing digestion and nutrition by introducing heat. Vata, which is closely related to pranic life energy, is the force of knowledge and movement, and governs all life functions. Literally, the word dosha translates to ‘fault’ or ‘inconvenience’. It also means ‘to spoil’, or, in essence, what is going wrong.
The sage-physicians, whose observation of the Tridosha in action set the parameters for the Ayurvedic life sciences, carefully chose the word dosha for the three humors, because when the humors are in equilibrium, the body and mind is healthy and normal. When one or more of the humors goes out of balance, the body loses its equilibrium. The same humors become the originator of ailments. Hence, the word dosha: the fault, the culprit. It is impossible for a body to be diseased when the doshas are balanced.
In this two hour class, we will discuss:
*Functions of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha
*Manifestations of the Tridosha in the natural world
*Manifestations of the Tridosha in the human body
*Interaction between the Tridosha in the human body
*Techniques to return balance to the Tridosha Handouts may be given and note taking is encouraged.
A sample of Sattvic tea blended by Noël will be shared at the end of class.
Exchange: Series (4 classes, must sign up before 11/14 Vata Dosha class for series price) : $180 | Drop-In : $50
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