How to balance your Ayurvedic body type

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Ayurveda is an ancient practice that brings wholeness to modern living by achieving harmony of the mind and body. Ayurveda is the world’s oldest system of natural healing and provides high grade wisdom and knowledge for achieving perfect health.

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Ayurvedic philosophy tells us that everyone is unique, and that prevention and balance are the keystones to vibrant wellbeing. Wellness is achieved through understanding and balancing the three mind-body types which are known as doshas.

You are born with a particular dosha constitution and this then shifts throughout your life. Balancing your doshas to achieve optimum health of your mind and body is a wonderful process and can be as simple or as detailed as you like. There are three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each has a different physical and emotional profile.

According to Ayurveda, everyone has a combination of all three doshas, with one usually being most dominate. So if someone was to say “I’m Vata/Pitta” what they mean is “I am dominated by Vata, with strong Pitta influence and minimal Kapha in my constitution”.

So what are the signs that one of your doshas might be quite out-of-balance?

Vata

Feel a little anxious and flighty? Have irregular moods? Do you react to stress with fear and anxiety and have racing thoughts? Is your skin dry? These are all signs your Vata dosha needs balancing.

Pitta

Feeling a touch frustrated or impatient? Find it hard to keep cool both in terms of your actual body temperature and with your temper? Have a tendency to be controlling? Balancing your Pitta dosha will be fantastic for you.

Kapha

Feeling unusually tired or sluggish? A touch sad or unmotivated? Are you prone to being complacent or do you tend to be quite stubborn in nature? Getting your Kapha dosha back in balance will be wonderful for you.

Want some help balancing your doshas? The Broad Place has created a beautiful range of hand-blended Dosha Balancing Oils, teas and Ayurvedic products that you can look into here.

 

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Jacqui Lewis
Jacqui Lewis is a Vedic meditation teacher, wellness expert and the co-founder of The Broad Place. Embracing the attitude that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, Jacqui wears many hats. Since graduating as an interior architect in her early 20s, Jacqui has gone on to become a graphic designer, creative strategist, and is now an expert Vedic Meditation teacher. Jacqui experienced huge amounts of stress through her 20s. It was a decade characterised by incredible accomplishments, coupled with severe exhaustion and periods of intense anxiety. Following this period, Jacqui realised that Vedic Meditation was the one thing which had helped her to stay on top of it all. After a series of incredibly high-pressured projects that kept burning her out, Jacqui committed to understanding everything she could about meditation and its benefits, having witnessed the results of the practice so profoundly first-hand. With so many misunderstandings still surrounding meditation (think common questions such as “do I have to be vegan and wear hessian to meditate?”) Jacqui also decided to prove that meditation and a love of style can co-exist. She studied extensively for years with Vedic expert Thom Knoles. Then underwent a gruelling year long study program with Tim Brown in Sydney and finally graduated as a qualified teacher of Vedic Meditation, in Rishikesh, India. Together with her husband and business partner Arran Russell, Jacqui launched The Broad Place in 2013. The Broad Place is a multi-faceted brand based around modern wellbeing. It is at The Broad Place that Jacqui teaches courses in Vedic Meditation, tutors private students in mediation and stress management, runs intensive retreats and writes about all things wellness-related for the Journal on The Broad Place website.