In my previous post about pitta I explained how pitta consists of the elements fire and water and I explained the qualities of pitta. Now I'd like to describe how excess or aggravated pitta manifests in the body and mind. Let's see if you can identify with any of this!

If you are a pitta constitution then you're lucky enough to be able to eat pretty much what you want without gaining weight. I love it when I ask a pitta client to describe their appetite and they look at me as if I'm bonkers when I ask them if they ever go off their food or forget to eat. They describe the opposite in fact. A day out might be planned around meal times; "When will we have our lunch? We won't be out until late and have to eat late will we?"  And dare to interrupt th...

You don't always need to make drastic changes to improve your life. Saying that, it won't be long until you see fabulous results from making some easy changes. Here are six of my favourites!

Routine!

Add this to your days. Getting up nice and early each day and going to bed around 10pm each evening will mean that gradually your quality of sleep will improve and your energy levels during the day will be far better. Another important routine is meal times. Erratic eating is bad for health so try to eat proper meals rather than constantly snacking.

Drink herbal tea!

This is one of the easiest ways of consuming medicinal herbs daily. Start by replacing one of your usual coffees or teas each day and you will eventually make these the norm. Chamomile tea...

Food intolerances, tummy bloating, skin eruptions, brain fog, allergies, auto immune disease, exhaustion; these are just some of the problems that can result from a damaged gut. There is a huge difference between how Ayurveda handles this disease to how your doctor is most likely to handle it. I thought I'd explain a little bit about the way that I would help a client who came to me with these problems.

So many factors are involved and the first thing that I do is to assess the balance of their doshas. Their current state is called vikriti and this allows me to understand what work needs to be done to bring back balance. Through diet and lifestyle we can reduce the aggravation of the doshas involved. 

Focus on digestion is vital and so diet and li...

Pitta dosha is of the elements fire and water. It is the principle of heat and passion. Vata brings information into the body and pitta manages it. Pitta governs the metabolism and digestion and each individual cell is managed by pitta, governing conversion and metabolic work even at this level. In the body pitta is water or oil and also the burning fire within us. It is our fiery nature, our strong appetite and our intensity. It is our drive and our passion. 

People who are predominantly pitta by nature are often fair skinned and sensitive to the sun. Their hair is often fine and their voice direct and clear. They are often very focused and know what they want. Their build is medium and although they have very good appetites, they tend to be abl...

Carrying on with more about Vata dosha as I know a lot of you will really be able to relate to this. You might be wondering, "What are the symptoms so that I know I need to take more care of myself to reduce the problems of Vata?" So I thought I'd speak about how Vata can make you feel.

The qualities as I told you before of Vata are space and air, and so when Vata is raised these qualities will be increased possibly in both body and mind. It's so important that you listen to your digestion as that's where all the trouble starts. "What is my gassy bloated tummy trying to tell me?" "Why do I regularly not have a poo?" Or maybe you do regularly poo but it might be dry and hard. Do you find that travelling can cause you problems? Vata is increased by...

Vata dosha is a combination of the elements space and air and is the principle of movement. The word Vata means wind and comes from the Sanskrit root "va" to blow, move direct or command. It is our life force and is derived mainly from our breath.

The qualities of Vata are dry, light, mobile, changing, hard, rough, cold, sharp and clear. In the body Vata controls movement, blinking, heart beat, air moving in and out of the lungs, peristalsis, elimination of waste and homeostasis of whole body. Mentally and emotionally it governs ideas, creativity, spirituality, comprehension, fear and communication. Vata governs mental well-being.

Like the wind, Vata predominant people tend to be changeable and irregular, both physically and mentally. Their frame...

How many diets have you been on? Are you about to start a new one, or thinking of starting one after Christmas when you might very well be considerably heavier than you are at the moment? What a miserable thought! Do you have all the books, "F plan", "Atkins", "Cabbage!"...….there is an endless list of them and they all make you lose weight. Of course they work, they will do, whilst you are on them. Then, after you have dropped a stone and a half and feel and look amazing what next? Everybody tells you that you look so good and you are full of praise for this wonderful new regime. Your skin is great, your energy levels are through the roof, your clothes fit you beautifully and you are delighted! So, here's a question for you. Why then, six month...

Vata, pitta and kapha are the names of the doshas or energies that move in your body causing good or bad effects upon you. According to Ayurveda we are divided into three constitutional types.These are vata, pitta and kapha.These doshas are qualities that are in charge of how you feel physically, mentally and emotionally.They influence your bodily functions and processes as well as the way your minds work and your moods. So, look after your doshas and they will look after you!

These doshas are present at conception and they change constantly, according to daily life, circumstances, relationships, foods, weather and much more. As these doshas become raised through certain actions and influences, if they are not pacified accordingly, they will beco...

Can you remember older people saying things like “he’s got a very strong constitution”? Did you understand what was meant by that, what was this “constitution”? This is what Ayurveda is all about, this constitution, a person’s make-up, their true nature.  

Ayurveda is the traditional healing system of India and it is said that over 5000 years ago the great teachers of India took the fundamentals of life and organised them into a system. Ayurveda means the science of life.

The elements

According to Ayurveda, everything is composed of the five elements which are space, air, fire, water and earth. These represent five qualities of energy or matter. They can’t be seen or measured by Western science, but we can know them through the qualities that we ex...

Asparagus is an exceptionally nutrient-rich food and is considered one of Ayurveda's healthiest vegetables, balancing all three doshas. It lubricates all the membranes in the body, reducing vata, the bitter sweetness reduces the heat of pitta and the diuretic qualities mean kapha fluid retention is reduced. It contains many valuable minerals and is a very useful food for fertility. It has been known as "lady with the 100 husbands", due to it's aphrodisiac qualities!

Here is a really tasty recipe for asparagus soup. Vata can add plenty of cream, pitta a little, but of course kapha, sorry, leave the cream out.

Heat 1 tblspn vegetable oil or ghee. Add half a chopped onion and cook until soft, then add some chopped garlic

Add 250 g asparagus, 50 peeled...

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