Ayurvedic self massage for love and stability
“Lord of ﬁre, home and hearth”, the digestive ﬁre which regulates digestion, absorbtion & assimilation of food into the body.
Undigested food or experiences that create harmful toxins.
- Apana Vayu
A sub-dosha of Vata, responsible for downward movement in the body, like menses, ejaculation, and discharge of urine and faeces.
Substance that tends to contract body tissues; commonly experienced via the mouth-puckering feeling caused by tannis in certain fruits like quince or persimmon.
(Also written as Cakra) Describes the concept of the seven subtle energy centres in the human body along the spine, connecting the physical body to the astral body.
literally just means action; action within the body in the ayurvedic sense.
Ayurvedic detoxifying and cleansing treatments. There are ﬁve treatments available, depending on the constitution of the patient.
Sanskrit for ‘nature’; a person’s mind-body-type comprised of the balance of the three Doshas, determined at the moment of conception.
The flow of information between cells, also called life force energy.
The subtle essence of the life force; comparable to Chi in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Absorbed from the air, food and nature it travels through breath and blood and serves as link between body and mind.
“Excitable”. One of the 3 Gunas qualifying food and connected mind states. A rajasic mind is passionate, restless and can be frustrated.
(Sanskrit saṃhita, “joined” or “collected”); Hindu umbrella term for a collection of texts which is used in Veda, Ayurveda and Tantra.
Historical and complex Indian language (Indo Aryan classiﬁcation), language of the Vedas and the classical Indian culture. One of the 22 scheduled languages of India; serves to standardise Indian knowledge like Latin does for Western knowledge.
“Pure”. One of the 3 Gunas qualifying food and connected mind states. A sattvic mind is generally peaceful, calm and steady.
“Indifferent”. One of the 3 Gunas qualifying food and connected mind states. A tamasic mind is dull, depressed or even hateful.
traditional Ayurvedic medicinal herb mix to help with cleansing and digestion
Current influence/imbalance of the Doshas on the body; e.g: cold, windy conditions can unbalance Vata independently from Prakruti.
Catalyst substances to transport the medicinal properties of herbs into the body.
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