Romantic relationships in AyurvedaThe five great elements, Mahabhutas; space, air, fire, water and earth come together to create the three Doshas: Vata, Pitta, Kapha.

Through these five elements and through these doshas we learn how to remain balanced and in harmony with nature. With the knowledge and awareness of our elemental makeup and our constitution (prakruti and our imbalances, vakruti), we can understand what foods to eat that will properly nourish, which exercises would be the most beneficial and the best yoga and meditation customized for our unique constitution. This knowledge can serve as an internal GPS system to stay constantly attuned to the direction we are headed in on a daily basis.

The rishis (knowledge seekers) transmitted this beautiful healing methodology and knowledge orally to their students. They spoke of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha in relation to life stages, seasons and times of day. Through my learning of Ayurveda, I have become more and more mesmerized by this ancient wisdom (5,000 years old) that addressed so many ailments we experience in modern day.

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A few weeks ago, a close friend that I have known for well over a decade asked me if I knew my MBTI score. How does she not know my score was my first thought and then I realized we had never discussed psychometric assessment tools!;)

Before I answered her question, I had a vision of taking various personality assessments (such as MBTI, Hogan, Firo-B, and the MSCEIT for Emotional Intelligence). Obsessed much, you may be thinking? Well, actually, completing all of these personality inventory assessments was a requirement in my masters program in social & organizational psychology. So, then I answered her with INFP- (Introvert, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving). I reflected on all of the assessments and everything I learned about myself and yet, I felt something was missing. I had insight into some personality characteristics and perhaps a new language to discuss these traits; however, I truly felt that the Psychometric Assessment tools lacked a holistic view of my complicated self.

By holistic view, I mean a deep understanding of the body, mind and spirit aligned with career choice and engagement in work that completely fulfills your soul. As a yoga instructor and Ayurveda specialist, I have come to realize the importance of adopting a systemic view of my life. I used to believe that as long as I had something that I was passionate about, it was okay to stay in a day job that JUST payed my bills. As long as I could feel fulfilled in one area, I thought it was okay to be unfulfilled in another. After a few years of internal conversations convincing myself to be content with this incongruent form of fulfillment, I realized I am a system. A system that requires all parts of me to work in harmony, in contentment and in alignment with my true nature.

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