The Ayurveda (Sanskrit for “Science of life”) might be summarized in one sentence: “Discover your own unique nature, and live on a daily basis according to your nature.” The Ayurveda holds that all energy in nature has three fundamental aspects: vata (movement impulse); pitta (passion impulse), and kapha (stability). For both the processes in your bodily cells, as well as the large climatic movements of the planet: all can be seen as a movement of vata, pitta, and kapha. This also holds for the energies in your mental body, your mind: As within, so without.
The Ayurveda originates three to four thousand years ago in India. It was developed through attentative self-observation of the inner energy processes. The old sages discovered that all impulses, all movement (“winds”) in body and spirit can be described as aspects of these three dosha’s: movement (vata), fire (pitta), and stability (kapha). Collectively they are referred to as the tridosha. They operate in the energetic body. They also function as the translator between the mental body and the physical body.
The Ayurveda has developed many practical guidelines on diverse areas such as food, physical exercise, regularity in the days and seasons, and the energetic housekeeping in general.