What Is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda, or “the science of life,” is a 5,000-year-old system of holistic healing that offers timeless wisdom and practical tools to foster vibrant wellbeing. With its origins in the Vedic tradition of India, Ayurveda defines health as a dynamic state of balance between body, mind and spirit. It teaches a personalized approach to healing that treats the whole being, not just the separate symptoms. Urging individuals to explore what balance looks like for them, Ayurveda empowers each of us to understand what the most nourishing choices are – for each unique being – that lead to lifelong vitality.
What is a Dosha?
"Doshas" in Ayurveda refer to each being’s unique physical and mental constitution, which influence their individual wellbeing. Each being – human, canine, or another - has their own dominant dosha or combination of two or three of these elemental forces. Knowing your dog’s dosha gives you access to understanding what they need most and how to (re)balanced them. A balanced dog is a healthy dog.
Thought to be condensed from different combinations of the primal elements earth, water, fire, air, and space/ether, the doshas are the life energies behind all of our bodily functions. Each one (vata, pitta or kapha) commands a specific force in the body and is associated with certain sensory qualities.
THE THREE DOSHAS
VATA (Space + Air)
Dogs with a predominance of Vata dosha usually have a thin, light frame and excellent agility. They are generally lively, happy animals whom one could call a “busy body.” Their energy comes in bursts yet they can tire quickly. Vatas typically have drier skin and fur and cold paws. They sleep lightly and their digestion can be sensitive.
- Vata controls the movement of the body and mind.
- Vata governs assimilation, the thought process and activities of the nervous system.
When Vata dosha becomes imbalanced:
- Vata imbalance can manifest in the BODY as weight loss, constipation, hypertension, arthritis, weakness, restlessness and digestive challenges.
- Vata imbalance can manifest in the MIND as anxiety, fear, nervous behaviors and an overall lack of ease.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BALANCING :: VATA DOSHA
Cooking Video — Vata
The Honest Kitchen – Bone broth for Vata *in development*
Ayush Herbs – Ashwagandha
PITTA (Fire + Water)
Dogs with a predominance of Pitta dosha usually have a more muscular or athletic build. They can require an above-average amount of exercise. Their purposeful demeanor and sharp mind are kept balanced by having “jobs.” They prefer cooler environments and their bodies run warm. Pittas have a fiery nature which manifests in both body and mind.
- Pitta controls transformation of the body and mind.
- Pitta governs digestion, metabolism and energy production.
When Pitta dosha becomes imbalanced:
- Pitta imbalance can manifest in the BODY as digestive disorders, rashes and other skin problems and an excess of heat buildup.
- Pitta imbalance can manifest in the MIND as aggression, jealousy, reactivity, hyperactivity or generally intense behavior.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BALANCING :: PITTA DOSHA
Benny’s Blog — Pitta Dosha
The Honest Kitchen Dog Food — Suggested blend is HALCYON / Duck (note: a grain-free option is also available)
Curry n Pepper Dog Food — Pitta Blend
The Honest Kitchen — Bone Broth for Pitta *in development*
Ayush Herbs — Turmeric
Healthy Hound Dog Biscuits — Peaceful Pup Blend (Peanut Butter and Turmeric)
KAPHA (Water + Earth)
Dogs with a predominance of Kapha dosha usually have more mass to their body and really love their food! They have excellent stamina, sleep soundly and are loyal, steady and loving. Kaphas are usually calm, lower-maintenance dogs who are good with children and other pets.
- Kapha controls the structure and stability of the body and mind.
- Kapha governs the skeletal and muscular structures, holds the cells together and its main function is protection.
When Kapha dosha becomes imbalanced:
- Kapha imbalance can manifest in the BODY as stagnation, lethargy, possessive behavior and a buildup of toxicity (which can be smelly.)
- Kapha imbalance can manifest in the MIND as laziness, withdrawal, difficulty accepting change and a tendency to become overly attached.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BALANCING :: KAPHA DOSHA
Benny’s Blog — Kapha Dosha
Cooking Video — Kapha
The Honest Kitchen — Bone Broth for Kapha *in development*
Ayush Herbs — Triphala
Disclaimer: The information presented on this page and website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical or behavioral advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified animal health care provider with any questions you may have regarding your pet's medical or behavioral condition/s.