What is Ayurveda and How Does Ayurveda Impact Our Well-being?

As a Master Educator in Ayurveda (through Chopra University in San Diego, California), Lifestyle Meditation Founder, Mandy Trapp, has a solid understanding of the science and wisdom of Ayurveda and believes in passing this knowledge on to empower those that are seeking support for greater health and well-being.

Mandy currently offers private Ayurvedic consultations both online and in the Lifestyle Meditation studio. And, this spring, will see the first of our newest teacher training program at Lifestyle Meditation that has its roots deep in Ayurveda. Our Mindfulness Coaching Program is an advanced training that will provide participants a deeper understanding of the principals of Ayurveda as well as assessment and treatment protocols to help support the re-balancing of the mental and emotional health of others.

We sat down with Mandy to learn more about Ayurveda and how to integrate Ayurveda into your lifestyle:

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is an ancient medical tradition from India that dates back over 5,000 years. The term is derived from the Sanskrit ayur, meaning "life" or "longevity," and veda, meaning "knowledge" or "science."

What are the main principles?

Ayurveda is based on two major principles. The first principle is that the body and mind are interconnected, and the second principle is that physical and mental illness can be managed, if not cured, by expanding one's consciousness and working with the limitations of the mind.

According to Ayurvedic science, the mind and body is a combination of three doshas, or "energies." These doshas are vata, pitta and kapha. Almost everyone has one dosha (some have two) that is more dominant than the others.

How can we determine our dosha?

Understanding what your dosha is, is helpful in learning more about what physical, mental, and emotional practices best suit and balance your overall wellbeing. You can find out what your dosha is by taking a dosha quiz. There are several available online, but our favourite one can be found here: dosha quiz

During private ayurvedic consultations, I will also work with you to determine your dosha and what this means for you and your lifestyle.

How would we apply Ayurveda to our daily routine?

When you understand more about your mind-body type (dosha), you can begin to make adjustments to your diet, exercise, mental fitness, etc. that will support daily balancing. As we are all intricately connected to each other and the nature that surrounds us, daily changes to the weather, the energy in the environment, the food we consume, and more, all have an immediate impact on our current state of health.

Traditionally, Ayurveda recommends practices such as meditation and yoga to balance the mind, and nutrition and daily self-massage (detoxification) to balance the body (just to name a few). More than that, each dosha has a unique way of communicating and handling stress. Vata doshas tend to become worried and anxious, Pitta doshas can become controlling and angry, and Kapha doshas can be withdrawn and recluse. By learning more about how you handle stress, as well as those close to you, stress-management becomes a daily practice for ourselves and the health and well-being of our relationships.

If you would like to learn more about Ayurveda, register for the Mindfulness Coaching Program and start helping people to manage stress, live healthier and be more present.