What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda means Science of Life. Ayurveda is the complete study of life from birth to death. Ayurveda provides a way of seeing to provide deeper understanding. Ayurveda seeks to give such understanding in order to improve our personal life as well as all life on the planet. This is real, true, natural HOLISTIC CARE in the broadest sense of the word.

Ayurveda is based on 5 elements; space, air, fire, water and earth. These 5 elements are the building blocks of everything in the universe.  

From the 5 elements Ayurveda gives us 3 doshas as another means of analyzing and understanding phenomena. The 3 doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha.  

Each dosha has certain distinguishing qualities. Each dosha is composed of 2 elements. 


Vata dosha

composed of air and space elements

dry, light, rough, mobile, irregular

Pitta dosha:  

composed of fire and a little water

hot, sharp, light, moist, penetrating

Kapha dosha:  

composed of water and earth

heavy, slow, thick, wet, slimy, dull

Each dosha has a quality unique to itself.  

Vata is the only dry dosha.

Pitta is the only hot dosha.

Kapha is the only heavy dosha.

Every aspect of life can be evaluated on the basis of 3 doshas. By understanding which dosha(s) is/are dominant we can determine what to do to correct a situation.  

For example, let’s say that someone complains of dry skin. This is obviously mainly a vata issue. Perhaps they have not been drinking enough water. Let’s say that the same person also complains of constipation, anxiety, forgetfulness and irregular sleep. Interestingly, constipation is often a vata issue, anxiety is a vata associated emotion and forgetfulness can be related to vata. Irregular sleep can also be related to vata, though it could involve other factors.  

Any of the root causes of these symptoms could be more complicated. There could be multiple root causes for any symptom. Some causes could be very old and not in the conscious memory of the person with the complaint. This is why it can be very helpful and efficient to consult with an Ayurvedic expert in order to determine how to address the underlying root causes of problems.  

Unless each root cause of the problem is eliminated, the symptoms are likely to come back. This is why some people find themselves having the same issue over and over. At Practical Ayurveda™, our goal is to target all the roots of any given problem so that the problem can be eliminated.

Ayurveda says that each individual is unique. It is important to look very closely to really help the person find a WELLNESS PROGRAM which is completely suitable. At Practical Ayurveda™ we aim to provide help that is 100% positive for each unique person. We help people to differentiate between inputs that are critical, important, good or neutral.  

For our person with the dry skin and other vata symptoms, perhaps they have been keeping an irregular schedule. Irregular meal times will cause many vata problems.  

Ayurveda says that more illnesses are caused by vata than by other doshas. It is important to really look carefully at each individual. Perhaps our dry skin example is also doing something that is more pitta related, such as smoking or drinking alcohol. This will cause problems with fire-related problems such as anger, frustration, hair loss, etc. and will also make the dryness issues even worse.  

When you increase the qualities of a particular dosha, the dominance of that dosha will increase. On the other hand, to correct an excess of a particular dosha, it is important to apply the opposite qualities.  

The moment of conception determines our fundamental nature, or prakruti, also spelled prakriti. This is our genetic inheritance, the design of the body which will be our vehicle for facing whatever karma we are destined to face in this lifetime.  

Our astrological chart is based on our birth time and will show the major karmas we have brought in with ourselves to deal with in this lifetime. Most Ayurvedic practitioners take the birth prakriti to be the same as the conception prakriti. In cases of very smooth, stable, healthy pregnancies the birth and conception prakritis will be identical or very nearly identical.  

One of the distinctions of Daren’s practice of Practical Ayurveda™ is that we will be able to determine the conception and birth prakriti and any divergence that may need to be addressed.  

Often, the current imbalance of doshas is important to address right away. The current imbalance of doshas in the human system is known as vikriti or vikruti. The vikriti will show up in the pulse and in visual examination of the tongue.  

In many cases, some personal issue that a person wants help with will show up in the pulse exam and/or visual exam of the tongue. Some aspects of the personality and lifestyle of a complete stranger will be apparent to Daren, as he tunes in to determine the most efficient methods of helping make personal breakthroughs. Many people have felt the benefits of AYURVEDIC HEALING that can address both recent or acute issues as well as old or chronic issues.  


Disclaimer: These statements are intended to be informational only and are based on thousands of years of accumulated experiences within the realm of Ayurveda. None of these statements are intended to diagnose, treat, cure or heal any disease. Before embarking on undertaking to improve one’s health it is wise first to consult with professionals. None of these statements has been investigated or approved by the FDA.