Ayurveda is one of the oldest forms of “health care” in the world, dating back to practices nearly 10,000 years old. It can be literally translated as the science of aliveness, and unlike traditional western medicine that manages disease by treating symptoms, Ayurveda is a holistic system for living that covers many areas of medicine, including general surgery, physiology, psychology, pediatrics, gynecology, pharmacology, herbology and the sciences of the subtle body. Ayurveda emphasizes self-care and teaches us to live with the awareness of our own individual nature. Ultimately, its aim is vibrancy, balance, longevity and well being, achieved by balancing energies at all levels of being. Its centerpiece is the system of Tri-Dosha, which articulates the primary characteristics of human beings and how to bring them into harmony. Doshas are bio-energies composed of two out of the great five elements that govern our mind, body and spirit. Vata dosha is composed of space and air. Kapha dosha is comprised by water and earth. Pitta dosha contains fire and water. The doshas play a huge role in determining a person’s natural constitution- everything from personality to physicality to psychology.

This system of health arose from ancient sages native wisdom of nature and their uncompromising adherence to the cosmic rhythms. The elements, and the rhythms and seasons of nature are an integral aspect of this science. As seasons change, it’s important to equalize imbalances that occur within the body. These imbalances can be brought on by patterns in nature, in the body, or more subtly, in the energy system itself. Different doshas require different remedies to counteract seasonal fluctuations.

This practice is not about making every decision about your diet or lifestyle a chore or imposing a series of rules and regulations to restrict yourself. It’s about empowering yourself with awareness to live in accordance to your true nature.

-Britta Turner, Fabletics Master

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