At the core of both Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the belief that we are all intuitively bound and guided by nature. When we find ourselves out of alignment, we can look towards the natural processes of our environment to find our path.
Ayurveda is the science of life. Ayurveda regards physical, mental and spiritual existence as one force and believes that optimal health is our natural state.
At the core of this science is the belief that all nature – including us – is guided by the relationship between three primal energies. In Ayurveda, these energies are called doshas:
- Vata – This energy is associated with the elements air and ether. Data involves creativity and change and is an energy concerned with balance.
- Pitta – This energy is a combination of fire and water. Pitta relates to transformation, achievement and metabolism, which translates to heat.
- Kapha – This energy involves earth and water. Kapha is associated with groundedness, stability and steady growth. It’s energy can be slow moving.
We are all a unique mix of these three doshas, though tend to be dominated by one at any given time. It is believed that all aspects of life are also governed by these doshas, including the seasons and time of day.
In Ayurvedic terms, a build up of toxins in the body is called ama, which is considered a combination of physical and psychological stagnation. It is believed that physical and emotional dis-ease are the result of excess ama.
The protect your health each season, Ayurveda recommends we step bak, slow down and re-align our diet and lifestyle with the changes and elements of the external environment.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) also observes the natural cycles of the environment and views these cycles as interrelated with the natural cycles within ourselves. In other words, the energy that drives change in the external world is reflected in the body. As a result, each season has a corresponding relationship with the organs and bodily systems within.
In TCM, imbalance in the internal body, disease, emotions and energy levels are rooted in the life of the individual, the changing external environment and correspond both with specific organs of the body and specific earth elements.
Thus, both theories come together in the belief that to find balance and health within the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies, we must look at the individual as one part of a larger ecosystem, an ecosystem that is forever changing. The specific foods, herbs and self-care practices that best support your health are continuously shifting to reflect your external environment and to build vibrant health year round we must align with the environment.
Gentle cleansing at seasonal transitions provide significant benefits regardless of your lifestyle and is a powerful way to experience healing, enhance immunity, increase awareness of the body and establish or re-establish practices of self-care and wellness.