The essence of Ayurveda and how to utilise its principles for your health and wellbeing

Our in-house yoga teacher and Ayurveda guru Kali Pearce covers the basics of Ayurveda as a holistic health system

Here at The Scarlet, we trust the system of Ayurveda as a holistic health approach and embody the essence of this system in all we do in the spa. Ayurveda has been around for centuries and takes a natural and holistic approach to overall health of mind and body with the use of herbs and nutrition, massage and movement, breathing and meditation to bring everything back into harmony.

Whilst Ayurveda may seem like an alien concept in the western world, it is really quite a simplistic approach that derives from nature and its cycles of life. The five elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether are prevalent in all aspects of nature – right on our doorstep we have dramatic cliffs (earth), vast ocean (water), warm sunshine (fire), light sea breeze (air) and a great expanse of sky (ether). These elements are also present in the structure of the human body – bones (earth), blood (water), digestive juices (fire), breath (air) and subtle energy (ether). Combinations of these elements make up the 3 doshas: Kapha, Pitta and Vata.

Kapha is a combination of earth and water with a quality of structure

Pitta is a combination of water and fire with a quality of transformation

Vata is a combination of air and ether with a quality of movement

We each have all 3 doshas in our constitution; however there may be one or two that are more present than the rest. Sometimes that can cause an imbalance which leaves us susceptible to illness or dis-ease in mind or body. As the doshas are also present in the times of day, the seasons and the time in our life span, these times can exacerbate the imbalance.

Kapha childhood, spring and 6-10 AM & PM

Pitta 20s-50s, summer and 10-2 AM & PM

Vata 50s onwards, autumn going into winter and 2-6 AM & PM

Understanding the characteristics of each dosha will help you to see how they are present in these times.

Kapha Attributes: slow, heavy, cold, soft, dense. Characteristics: steady, loving, joyful, easy going, plodding

Pitta Attributes: fire, mobile, liquid, oily, sharp (penetrating). Characteristics: driven, motivated, determined, organised

Vata Attributes: mobile, clear, erratic, cold, subtle, dry. Characteristics: Flighty, creative, busy, dreamer, easily distracted

Ayurveda offers simple lifestyle changes to bring things back into harmony by reducing the dosha that is out of balance. So, for example, if Pitta is out of balance you would look to cool the fire aspect; if Vata is out of balance you would look to hydrate and warm the system; with Kapha, you would look to bring some lightness and energy into the daily routine. These small tweaks can be introduced to daily or weekly routines and can enhance your health and wellbeing.

When you come for a treatment at the Scarlet, we can define your dosha type and tailor your massage to help balance any excesses. We also offer Ayurveda consultations to give you simple lifestyle tips to help with any imbalances.

~ Kali Pearce