Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term meaning the knowledge of life which relates to life as a state of balance between the body, mind and consciousness. The two goals of Ayurveda are to 1) keep the body in a state of health and free from disease and 2) show us how to use health on the path to enlightenment.

Ayurveda is considered the healing side of Yoga. Likewise, Yoga is the spiritual side of Ayurveda. Both Ayurveda and Yoga strive to help a person reconnect to their true nature through direct experience. Together they encompass a complete approach to wellness of the body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda views health and disease as the end result of how we interact with our environment. Harmonious and balanced interactions lead to health while disharmonious or imbalanced interactions lead to disease. Ayurveda is the science of developing greater harmony with our environment through all of our senses.

According to Ayurveda, we create and recreate our state of health each day based upon how we interact with the world, in terms of our beliefs, perceptions, thoughts, feelings which then ultimately determine our actions. Actions in harmony with our inner nature create health while those disharmonious with our inner nature create disease.

Your inner nature is called your constitution or Prakruti. This unique balance of energy was determined at the moment of conception and is with you the rest of your life. It determines what is in harmony with your nature and what will cause you to become out of balance, sick and diseased.

Knowledge of your constitution is essential to developing optimal health. Your consitution determines how you react to various foods, colors, aromas and general life habits.

Your constitution is the fundamental and unique balance of three basic energies called doshas. They are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The balance in each individual is different; hence each individual has his or her own special set of challenges and gifts. For this reason no two programs are identical, and each person's path toward optimal health is unique.

The Three Doshas

The Vata dosha is said to be made up of the air and ether elements. This means that is has qualities that are similar to these elements. Vata is very much like the wind - it is light, cool, dry and mobile. Those people with a Vata nature experience bodies that are light, bones thin and skin and hair dry. They often move and speak quickly. When out of balance, they may lose weight, become constipated and have weakness in their immune and nervous systems.

These qualities are also reflected in the personality. Those with a Vata nature of balance, tend to be talkative, enthusiastic, creative, flexible, and energetic. Yet, when out of balance they may also become easily confused and overwhelmed, have difficulty focusing or making decisions, and have trouble sleeping. This becomes more apparent when they are under stress. They are challenged by cool emotions like worry, fear and anxiety.

In order to bring balance to Vata, programs are designed that emphasize the opposing qualities of warmth, heaviness (nourishment), moistness and stability. In the diet, this is reflected in the consumption of cooked grains, such as rice and cooked vegetables, as well as the intake of warm milk with spices. Pungent herbs, like ginger, that increase internal heat and nourishing herbs, like Ashwaganda, bring balance to Vata.

The Pitta dosha is said to be made up of the fire and water elements. Fire is more predominant, and those people with a Pitta nature have many of the qualities of fire within them. Pitta tends to be hot, sharp and penetrating. It is also somewhat volatile and oily. The oily nature of Pitta is related to the secondary component of water. People with a Pitta nature reflect these qualities. They tend to feel warm, have a somewhat oily skin, penetrating eyes, and sharp features. They tend to have moderate weight and good musculature. When out of balance, they tend toward diarrhea, infections, skin rashes, and weakness in the liver, spleen and blood.

These qualities are also reflected in the personality. Pitta people tend to be highly focused, competitive, capable, courageous, energetic, and clear communicators who get right to the point. They like to solve problems, and, when under stress, they dig in their heels. However, they can also become overly intense and speak with a sharp tongue. They make great friends but feared enemies. Emotionally, they are challenged by the heated emotions of anger, resentment, and jealousy. In order to bring balance to Pitta, programs are designed to emphasize the opposing qualities of coolness, heaviness (nourishment) and dryness. Cool spices, like fennel, are recommended in the diet, along with foods such as raw vegetables, cooked rice, and wheat, as well as most beans. Sweet herbs like Shatavari are used to nourish the body, while bitters like dandelion root temper the fire.

Within the Kapha dosha there is a predominance of the water and earth elements. Like these elements, Kapha tends to be cool, moist, stable, and heavy. In the body, these qualities manifest as dense, heavy bones; lustrous, supple skin; low metabolism; and large, stocky frames. In addition, those with a Kapha nature tend to feel cool. When out of balance, Kapha individuals are prone to gaining weight and tend to have weaknesses in their lungs and sinuses, where there is an accumulation of mucous. The elements of water and earth are also manifested in the personality.

The heavy, stable nature of Kapha is reflected in a steady personality that is not prone to quick fluctuations. Those with a Kapha nature handle stress very well, often not even noticing that it exists. They don’t like change, are generally conservative, and would prefer to keep things just the way they are. Those with a Kapha nature are also comfort seekers. This relates to the soft, watery nature of Kapha.

Too much comfort, however, can lead to a lack of motivation and a feeling of becoming stuck. When Kapha is out of balance, the heavy emotions of depression and lethargy result. In order to bring balance to a Kapha nature, the opposing qualities of lightness, dryness, and warmth are recommended. Grains such as quinoa and amaranth are recommended, as well as hot spices like cayenne pepper. Lots of vegetables and very little nuts or dairy are prescribed. Cleansing herbs like guggul, and pungents like clove bring balance to Kapha.


Ayurveda is a natural healing system that has been successfully practiced for thousands of years. Originating in ancient India, this medical tradition states that each person's path toward optimal health is unique‹because each person is unique.

After a thorough intake, Deva works with you on a personal basis to create an individualized Ayurvedic program. This can be done in person, on skype or on the telephone from anywhere in the world.

The goal of Ayurvedic programs is to create within your body and mind an optimum environment for healing to take place to maximize your body's ability to heal itself. Your program may include lifestyle adjustments, dietary changes, herbs, sound/mantra therapy, aromatherapy and other natural therapeutics.

Call 800-563-3327 or 505-988-7076 or email deva@thecleanse.com to setup an appt or for questions. Deva works on a sliding scale of $154 to $90 per consultation.

The awareness gained from having an Ayurvedic consultation allows one to create balance and harmony, thus avoiding the onset of symptoms. If you are already ill, Ayurveda helps you to create the optimum environment in your body for healing to take place!

Ayurveda will help you feel better about life and have greater energy and enthusiasm.

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