Ayurveda (pronounced aah-yure-vay-dha) is literally translated as the Science of Longevity or life. Known to be the oldest form of holistic healing, Ayurveda dates back over 5000 years. In Ayurveda, health is defined as a dynamic balance between the body, soul and mind, the balancing factor known to be responsible to prevent disease and death, sustaining the body over time. When the body loses this holistic balance, only then can disease take over our systems. An important goal of Ayurveda is to identify a person's ideal state of balance, determine where they are out of balance, and offer interventions using diet, herbs, aromatherapy, massage treatments, music, and meditation to re-establish balance. According to Ayurveda, recognizing human beings are part of nature, there are three doshas, subtle energies at work that govern our appearance and behavior. These doshas are Vata (Air or ether) Pitta (fire) Kapha (water).
These three doshas combine in diverse proportions to give us each constituents as unique as our fingerprints. When our doshas are imbalanced we experience stress, depression, fatigue, premature aging and several other psychological issues and diseases. Premature aging occurs due to gradual accumulation of waste and toxins; hence it becomes vital to understand the science behind the three doshas to maintain our youthfulness and longevity. The Vata dosha governs the body motion as well as an open mind. Too much Vata can lead to insomnia, anxiety and digestive ailments. It also controls the elimination of wastes, blood circulation and breathing. Vata catalyses the nervous system and greatly influences our emotional wellbeing. An imbalance in Vata will unarguably cause disease. Vata is essentially Pran, Life force moving through the body. The Pitta dosha controls digestion, metabolism, and energy production. The primary function of Pitta is transformation. An excess of Pitta dosha overheats the mind and body, favor cool foods and liquids. Foods with sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes are best. Reduce foods that are pungent, salty, and sour.
The Kapha dosha governs the structure of the body. It is the principle that holds the cells together and forms the muscles, fat and bones. The primary function of Kapha is protection. To balance all three doshas, a system of Rasayana, rejuvenations and Panchakarma, purification treatments are used at Muthumuni River Resort along with local medicinal herbs, combined with regular yoga, meditation and tailor-made meals to specifically suit each guest. All guests are offered a professional Ayurveda consultation where treatments are planned ahead. Our experts will recommend various options to our guests to suit them according to their individual dosha balance.