An introduction to Ayurveda from Kalsi...

Understanding the doshas and how best we can embrace the power of the world’s oldest health system…

According to Ayurveda there are three principle energies that flow through our mind and bodies. These energies are known as the doshas.

Vata is derived from the elements of air and space, embodying the principle of movement.

Pitta combines the elements of water and fire, representing the principle of energy.

Kapha unites the forces of water and earth, incorporating the principle of structure.

Together, the doshas integrate all the elemental forces that make up the entire universe and in light of this, it’s really important to understand that…

All three doshas are present in everyone and everything.

So there we have said it, all three doshas are present in everyone, but in varying proportions and it is this unique combination of the doshas that forms our very own unique and personal Ayurvedic profile.

You will notice how we’ve just mentioned “personal” and “unique” a few times, and it’s imperative to note here that Ayurveda is a deeply personal science. As humans we’re often looking for simplified solutions, where we end up categorising in order to help us understand. For example, “My star sign is Libra, so therefore I am…” or “My dosha is Vata, so therefore I am…” But the truth with the doshas is that we all are made up of all three doshas, which, like waves on the shore, come and go in varying shapes and sizes.

Every person’s dosha-makeup is entirely distinctive to their own particular being, designed by Mother Nature at the point of conception (Prakruti) and then conditioned by their own environmental and circumstantial situations (Vikruti).

There are additionally some other external forces, which impact the doshas and these can affect us all at different times, such as…

  • time of day
  • seasons and lunar cycles
  • stages of life
  • climates and environments we inhabit.

Sounds complicated? On the surface it is perhaps, but actually once you start to learn the basics, it all becomes perfectly clear. In fact, one of the reasons why we decided to launch Kalsi was to break down the principles of Ayurveda into bite-size pieces (or in our case boxes), where each Kalsi Box teaches you something new about Ayurveda. Offering a little nugget of Ayurvedic wisdom that you can embrace and put into practice.

Ayurveda literally translates as the “science of life” and it’s fascinating just how intuitive and simple this science becomes, once we begin to understand the basics. Modern Western medicine tends to focus on curing disease, whereas more holistic health systems like Ayurveda emphasise the importance of prevention (rather than cure) as a means towards living a happy and healthy life. Anyone trying to survive in the fast-paced, modern world of today will be all too familiar with the following scenario…

Run yourself into the ground with stress, over work, poor diet, lack of exercise and a general lack of self-care. Then take medication and / or rely on expensive healthcare treatments to dig yourself out of the hole you just created.

Such a story is a tragic one to say the least and even sadder to think about just how widespread this situation is within the world today. I’m sure many of us can relate to this scenario, either on a personal level or perhaps we know people in our circle that have been affected by similar situations. Think about the current diabetes epidemic as just one example!

Yoga has hit the mainstream in recent years (and for good reasons too) as people stuck in the rut of modern life are gradually beginning to rediscover the value and power in things like Pranayama (breathing exercises), Meditation and Ayurveda.

But while Yoga has undoubtedly begun its renaissance, Ayurveda still very much remains unknown by most modern day Yogis. There’s a slight irony here, because Ayurveda and Yoga are so deeply interconnected, that they form two branches to the same great tree of ancient Vedic knowledge. In fact, many people who practice “Yoga” are in actual fact practicing “Ayurveda” unbeknownst to them. In the truest sense, if you practice Yoga as a means to connect with a higher force, then, indeed, it’s considered to be Yoga. Whereas, if you’re practicing Yoga as a means to better your mental and physical health (the way most people do nowadays), well, this actually belongs to the branch of Yoga known as “the science of life”, in other words Ayurveda!

So how do I learn more about Ayurveda?

The first thing we recommend is that you take the dosha test on our website. Save a screen shot of the results page, as this will show you a ratio of the doshas as they manifest in your mind and body.

The next thing you need is to learn a little bit about the different qualities of the doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) and knowing what they look like “in-balance” and “out-of-balance”.

Embracing Ayurveda is all about identifying which dosha is out of balance in your current situation (Vikruti) and then taking steps to nourish and bring it back to your natural state (Prakruti).

If you check out our Instagram page, we have plenty of posts about the doshas, offering lots of tips and advice. Read through the captions in our feed and you will get an overview about the various qualities of the different doshas.

The next best thing is to subscribe to a Kalsi Box! 😀 We’ve put a lot of effort into curating our boxes to make sure they offer a great introduction into this incredible health system, passed down from the Sages of India’s ancient Vedic culture, more than 5000 years ago.

In our Kalsi boxes, you will not only discover traditional Ayurvedic herbs such as Isabgol, Moringa, Amla and Tulsi, but also how they can be applied and harnessed in your modern lifestyle. We also introduce you to Ayurvedic rituals such as tongue scraping, Abhyanga and drinking naturally alkalinised water from a copper bottle.

Additionally each Kalsi Box includes a selection of herbal teas, healthy vegan snacks, incense, aromatherapy and natural skincare products. Some of these items are less “Ayurvedic” in the traditional sense, but always ensure you get great value in every box.

Let us take you on a journey of Ayurvedic discovery with a Kalsi Box subscription