from Healing Your Life: Lessons on the Path of Ayurveda, by Dr. Marc Halpern
Determine Your Body’s Dosha Breakdown
Based on 5,000 years of tradition and successful (treatment/prevention) of sickness, Ayurveda is a proven blend of life and science promoting balance, vitality, and a health-focused lifestyle in each person. The combined form of Ayur (life) and Veda (knowledge) represents this fusion. As a holistic healing science Ayurveda incorporates the use and management of three primary centers of influence or Doshas. Each one is influenced by a blend of the five primary elements that exist in universal balance (Air, Space, Earth, Water, and Fire). Vata Dosha (Water & Earth dominance) represents the force that directs circulation and movement in the systems of the body including respiration, nerve impulse, or elimination.