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Curious About Ayurveda?

Updated: Apr 17

Āyurveda is India’s 5,000-year-old traditional system of holistic medicine. Translated as the "science of life" it envelops the body, mind, senses, and soul. The philosophy focuses on using food as medicine, maintaining balance, establishing a healthy lifestyle, being in harmony with nature and practicing regular self-care routines. Digestion and nutrition are the cornerstones of Āyurveda.

Digestion is the process by which we break down what comes in from our outer environment for either assimilation or elimination. How well the balance between these processes is working dictates to a great extent how physically, emotionally, and mentally nourished and balanced we feel.There are three biological body types or "doshas" - vata, pitta and kapha which are based on the elements of ether, air, fire, water and earth. Correcting imbalances of the doshas key to maintaining optimal health.

Vāta is a combination of ether and air; it is dry, light, cold, mobile, and subtle. Pitta is a combination of fire and water; it is oily, sharp/penetrating, hot, and spreading. Kapha is a combination of earth and water; it is heavy, dull, stable, cool, and sticky.

The unique combination of these three doṣas in every individual is expressed through our current physical, mental, and emotional states of being. To maintain optimal health, we strive to eat the foods that balance our individual dosha.

Ayurveda teaches us how the body, mind, and spirit must exist in harmony for us to be truly healthy and happy or "situated in one's self." The proper care of all three must be considered, managed, and nourished throughout life. The aim of Āyurveda is to first maintain health then treat disease.

Ayurveda Recipes for the Doshas: The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook by Kate O'Donnell

To learn more, join us on April 30th from 6:30-7:30 pm for "Ayurveda - "Food As Medicine"

Hampstead Public Library

9 Mary E. Clark Dr.

Hampstead, NH

To to find out what your dosha type is and start feeling better, schedule an appointment at

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