At the heart of Maiaveda are the profound treatment programs that help restore balance and reawaken the body’s natural healing mechanisms. But the treatments are only a part of a comprehensive approach to creating health. Guests at Maiaveda also gain an understanding of how all the various aspects of their lives are interrelated and contribute either positively or negatively to overall well being.
Guests learn to understand how individual factors in their make-up affect physical tendencies, moods, cravings, motivation, and behaviour. Our guests also learn how simple shifts in diet, exercise, and daily and seasonal routines can enhance their progress toward increased strength, stability and vitality. Not only do our guests go home feeling renewed in body and spirit, they also report that the benefits from their visit grow long after they have returned home.
Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India. Although suppressed during years of foreign occupation, Ayurveda has been enjoying a major resurgence in both its native land and throughout the world.
When you think of the qualities of Air and Space, these are exactly the qualities that this dosha has. Vata is: Dry, Cold, Light, Moving, Changeable, Subtle, Rough, Quick. The main function of the Vata in the body is movement. Nothing moves without it.
People with a dominant Vata dosha tend to be slim, with small frame and prominent bones. They are fast, changeable and often love any kind of movement, change and travel. They get easily bored when they stay too long at one place, be it a job, apartment, hobby and sometimes even a partner.
They often work on multiple projects at once, but often don't finish them, as another, even more interesting, idea inspires them. Their skin and hair tend to be thin and dry. They often feel cold and prefer warmth - warm foods, drinks and climates. On the other hand, they are quite flexible (physically as well as in their minds), creative, and can easily adapt to change.
When out of balance, their moods change like the wind, they are unstable, fearful, worried, experience lack of energy, and feel exhausted. They can experience lower back pain, join pain or headaches. Gas, bloating, and constipation are also often present. When you have Vata in your constitution or currently have Vata imbalance (too much Vata), you will be experiencing many of these characteristics, but probably not all.
When you think of the qualities of Fire and Water, these are exactly the qualities that Pitta has. Pitta is: Hot, Sharp, Light, Moist, Oily, Fluid, Sour smelling. The main function of the Pitta dosha in the body is metabolism. Pitta is responsible for transforming (metabolizing) one thing into another. Pitta digests everything that we take in - be it food, emotions, sensory impressions, etc.
People with a Pitta Ayurvedic Body Type tend to be of medium build with very sharp minds and intellect. They can be incredible leaders, scientists, lawyers, and teachers. However, they tend to push themselves too hard and can be over-ambitious. They often feel warm and prefer cool weather. They have a very strong digestive fire and seem to be always hungry.
When out of balance, they tend toward extra heat in the mind & body, which might show up as anger, excessive sweating, red rashes, eczemas, blisters, hyperacidity, or burning pain anywhere in the body.
When you have Pitta in your constitution or currently have a Pitta imbalance (too much Pitta), you will be experiencing many of these characteristics, but probably not all.
When you think of the qualities of Water and Earth, these are exactly the qualities that this dosha has. Kapha is: Heavy, Oily, Cool, Static, Soft, Stable, Slow. The main function of the Kapha in the body, is stability and structure. Without Kapha (like without mud) things would not hold together, they would fall apart.
Kapha Ayurvedic Body Types have bigger builds and bones, and lubricated joints. Their skin is thick and oily with less wrinkles, but sometimes more acne. They often have luxurious, thick hair. They are strong and solid physically and emotionally, with great immunity. It takes a lot of effort to get Kaphas upset.
They tend to move slowly, but steady and are very reliable. It may take them a while to make a decision, but once the decision is made they are committed and steadfast.
When out of balance, Kapha tends towards accumulation (weight, water, possessions, clothes, etc.), congestion, dampness and lethargy. Kapha people often don't like to throw things away. Anytime you have a hard time of letting go - of emotion, a partner, an old pair of jeans you don't wear, etc. you are expressing a Kapha quality.