Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga, is also known as the science of life. Its ancient wisdom gives us a deep understanding of our unique mind, body type (also called a dosha), and physical imbalances.
Ayurvedic knowledge can help us adjust our diet, lifestyle practices, meditation, exercise routines, etc., to better align with our unique doshic combination. This can look like tongue scraping with a copper prong or administering abhyanga, a luxurious self-oil massage. But it can span beyond the physical, too.
How Ayurveda can open the body’s energetic pathways (aka the chakras).
Ayurveda simultaneously heals our energetic system, which we understand through the chakras.
Like Ayurveda, the chakra modality also originated in India—but it came later, presumably in the Hindu Vedas between 1500 and 500 B.C. So while not directly connected, these two modalities can be considered in tandem.
How, you might ask? Ayurveda is an element-based, healing science, which consists of the five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and ether. We see these elements in the natural environment, but we also hold them within us.
The combination of elements within us makes our unique mind, body, soul type: our dosha. Some of us have more earth and water (kapha), others have more fire and water (pitta), and the rest have more air and ether (vata). (This quiz can start to give you an idea of what dosha you’re dominant in.)
Disease and imbalance occur when we have an excess of a dosha in our vessels. To heal the excess of a dosha, one must bring in the opposite elements to create balance.
For example, if we have too much earth and water element (kapha imbalance), we can feel stuck, overly emotional, or lethargic. To find balance and heal, we need more of the fire element to burn away the heaviness and stoke our creative fire again.
If we have too much of the fire element (pitta imbalance), we can feel judgmental and critical and have digestive issues. Therefore, we need more of the water element to calm our nervous system and soothe our digestive tract.
If we have too much of the air and ether element (vata imbalance), we may be feeling anxious and overwhelmed and experience dryness and constipation. To balance, we need more of the earth element to bring stability and grounded action in our lives.
Each chakra is related to a different element. So, in determining what element we need to bring into our lives, we can also focus on healing the relevant chakra. Thinking about it this way adds another layer to Ayurvedic healing and a new entryway to the modality for energy-curious folks.
Check our intuitive template below for how you can use Ayurveda to balance the chakras.
Root Chakra for Earth Element:
When you have excess air and ether (vata imbalance), cultivating the root chakra’s earth element can bring you stability and a sense of being grounded.
A strong morning routine can provide the structure your body needs to align your whole day. In Ayurveda, this is called a dinacharya. Our favorite morning rituals are tongue scraping, Vedic meditation, and sipping warm water with lemon.
Sacral Chakra for Water Element:
When you have excess fire and air and ether (pitta or vata imbalance),