Ayurveda is the ancient system of medicine that looks at the elements in nature Earth, Air, Water, Fire and Ether and identifies which are out of balance in an individual. The idea that we are comprised of these elements is logical - the only way we can grow or develop is by ingesting these elements found in nature - the food we eat, the air we breathe and so on. Over the years for simplicity these have been grouped together to form doshas : Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Each of us has a combination of these doshas but when one or more is out of balance this can lead to distress or disease of body and mind.
We know how people can flourish in one profession, but would falter in another. Some people make terrific artists but struggle managing their finances - while others excel at every sport they try.
This is due to inherent differences in a person's make-up - or doshas.
Everyone is born with a basic dosha (prakriti) that stays constant throughout life and which determines their personality and tendency to illness. This is influenced by the place, season and time of conception and even the mental and physical state of the parents. A person’s outward dosha (vikriti) ncomes from life’s influences such as diet, job, living situation and any toxins and reflects a more recent dosha type.
Rectifying the ailment - physical or emotional - can be achieved by recognising the dosha or element that is out of balance and compensating for it using the natural aids of diet, body therapies and lifestyle.
So if you hate jogging....that's ok. Maybe its just not right for your dosha- but there will be an exercise that is.
You don't have to follow an Indian diet, do yoga (unless you enjoy it!) or make radical changes to your lifestyle.
Just as Western medicine is of great benefit to non-Western patients, Ayurvedic principles can benefit all.
And the best news.....this can often be achieved without tablets, supplements or herbs. Many of these remedies are already in your own kitchen, each spice, herb or other ingredient having the energy to help rectify your imbalance.
Understanding your dosha and making minor modifications to your diet and lifestyle will gradually bring your body back to the balance it was designed to have.