The ancient science of living life in balance to achieve health: body, mind and spirit
Ayurveda may be translated as the ancient science of living life in balance. When life is in balance, we are healthy. When imbalances occur, we experience disease. Ayurveda is one of the oldest and most comprehensive systems of healthcare. Over 5,000 years ago, Hindu physicians wrote about their findings and methods. Based on the writings from the Vedas, the principles of Ayurveda aim to not only heal the sick, but to prevent illness and endow us with a long and healthy life. Ayurveda teaches that each individual has a unique constitution and therefore needs to be treated individually to bring back his or her specific balance.
About Your Constitution
There are three basic types of constitutions, or doshas—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Everyone is a blend of all three; there is an infinite number of variations! Some individuals will have one dosha dominate, others will have a balance of two, or even all three in equal proportions.
Your constitution is determined at birth and does not change. However, during your lifetime, the stresses and pressures of everyday life can push your constitution out of balance.
Make an appointment today to learn your constitution and how to keep it in balance. Appointments can be scheduled by e-mailing Devi@PatternsForLiving.com or calling (562) 884-0927. Please click on the link below for the paperwork that you should complete before your appointment and bring with you on the date of your visit.
Picture vata as a butterfly or a bee. Vata’s elements are air and space (ether). Vata people tend to be vibrant with enthusiasm and excitement for life. They will move and speak quickly, have many interests and may change their paths frequently! Vata can be light of heart and have their head in the clouds. When in balance, they bring a bubbly, infectious joy to life. Imbalanced, vata can have mood swings, and under stress can experience anxiety and fear.
Physically, people with a vata constitution tend to be thin, small boned, have difficulty building musculature, and are either very tall or very short. They tend toward dryness, and often feel cold. Their digestion and appetite tend to vary a lot.
Imagine pitta as a bull! Pitta’s elements are fire and water (heavy on the fireJ)!Pitta people tend to be strong leaders who have passion and vision.They are warm and friendly to their friends and fierce opponents to their enemies.Pitta’s can be very focused, setting a goal and charging ahead to reach it.Their joy is found in accomplishment.When in balance, they have clarity and focus.They are organized and able to make things happen.Out of balance, pitta tends to burn out, or burn others out.They can become sharp and angry.
Physically, people with a pitta constitution are of medium height and build. They tend toward a ruddy complexion and may have freckled, bright skin. They tend to feel warm and may have skin rashes. Their hair tends to gray early, or in men, baldness may occur. Their appetites and digestion are strong and they love to eat!
Think of kapha as an elephant, or a turtle. Kapha’s elements are water and earth. Kapha people tend to be calm; to move, think and react slowly to circumstances. They are loving, compassionate and devoted beings. Their disposition is steady and not easily disturbed. Kapha’s are typically more conservative and accepting of the way things are. Their joy is found in the comforts of life and being surrounded by those they love. In balance, they are sweet people; focused without being intense; and, reliable and supportive. When out of balance, kapha tends to become lethargic and uninspired. They can be stubborn and hold resentments for a long time. They do not adapt well to change.
Physically, kapha people are usually tall with well-developed bodies. They tend to carry excess weight and have large bones. Their skin tends to be somewhat oily and soft. Their hair is usually thick, dark and soft. Their digestion tends to slow, and their appetite is typically slow but steady. They may overeat because they tend to follow the social custom of three meals a day, rather than being aware of being truly hungry.
Devi's Training and Qualifications
In March, 2004, I received my Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist (CAS) degree from The California College of Ayurveda (CCA). This California state approved school provides in-depth training in Ayurvedic philosophy, clinical concepts and methodologies. In addition, I completed an practical internship under the supervision of CCA, applying Ayurvedic evaluation and assessment techniques, herbal formulations, treatment programs including diet, meditation, lifestyle changes, and therapies like color, aroma and sound. I am now on the faculty for CCA, teaching clinical management, and mentoring students.
My Master of Ayurveda (MAyu) degree was earned in 2009 from the International Vedic Hindu University. This continued educational focus increased my knowledge base and ability to practice using principles of yoga and Ayurveda in a more complex way.
I have been a Professional Member of NAMA, the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, since 2005. Beginning in 2007 I was elected to serve on the Board of Directors, re-elected to a three year term in 2010 and was the President of the organization from 2008 - 2010. I concluded my board service in 2013 and took on the role of Membership Manager to support the organization build the practice and profession of Ayurveda as a viable option for health care here in California. I retired from active service with NAMA at the end of June, 2015 to bring more focus to my clients and personal practice. I am also a Professional Member of CAAM, the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine.
Additionally, I have studied for over 30 years and implemented into my practice knowledge of numerology, astrology, meditation, yoga, and other esoteric disciplines.