Vata, pitta and Kapha are known as doshas in Ayurveda; they are the underlying principles that govern the nature, transformation and structure of the physical universe. Each dosha is composed of two of the five elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth) and it is the specific combination of these elements that determines each doshas characteristic qualities and ultimately their overall effect in nature. Every object in the natural world is composed of the elements of vata, pitta and kapha and it is the relative proportion of each dosha or element that determines its uniqueness and differentiates it from another objects.
Abhyanga is the anointing of the body with warm, medicated oil. For thousands of years, people have used abhyanga to improve sleep, calm the nervous system and increase longevity. Abhyanga helps the skin release toxins and also facilitates the trans-dermal absorption of nutrients and healing properties from the herbs and oils used in massage. It is used as a medicine for certain disorders.
Dinacharya, the Sanskrit word for daily routine, is a simple and effective way to balance the body. Our daily activities have a profound effect on our health and a routine, practiced daily, is stronger medicine than an occasional remedy. Dinacharya establishes healthful habits through attunement of the body to the natural cycles of the day. The three doshas, vata, pitta and kapha, each have their own periods of time within a twenty-four hour day in which their energies predominate. By establishing a routine that “goes with the flow ” of these elemental energies, we are able to more easily support the body’s natural rhythms and healing potential.
Mantra is a profound and practical method of accessing higher states of consciousness. It is a form of yoga which uses vocal and mental sound-currents of both audible and inaudible frequencies. These subtle vibrations awaken dormant centres of the brain, attuning the mind and body to the primordial vibrations of creation. Access to universal knowledge or truth, and spontaneously self-healing, naturally arise when we come into harmony with these sub-atomic pulsations in consciousness. The subtle harmonic vibrations of chanted mantras, both mental and vocal, act as a cleansing and purifying agent of consciousness