Ayurveda, “Knowledge of life” in Sanskrit, is an ancient science that helps us understand how to balance ourselves on a daily basis. The use of plants is a tool at our disposal to maintain the right balance of the three doshas, Vata, Pitta and Kapha. A quest for balance which is the key to health and longevity according to Ayurveda.
WHAT IS VATA?
Vata has the main properties: dry, cold, light.
The Vata dosha causes people to be quick to act, to understand, to be creative, adaptable, curious.
In the tendency to disorders, Vata can lead to: dispersion, lack of anchorage, anguish, fear, anxiety, stress, loss of memory, concentration. In the body, a lot of dryness (skin and internal functioning), dry constipation, bloating, gas, joint and muscle stiffness, tension, nervousness, sleep disorders, eating disorders, addictions, variable digestion and appetite.
To avoid imbalance, Vata needs warm, nourishing, heavy, spicy food (sweet and warming spices). It needs rituals, regularity, stability. nervine plants are particularly adapted to Vata because they will calm the nervous system.
The Vata herbal tea blend is very well adapted to Vata because it associates nervine plants like verbena and rose with clove for example which will allow him to calm the difficult digestion and to avoid the frequent disorders like bloating or gas.
THE PRINCIPLES OF AYURVEDA
We are all unique because we all have our own Ayurvedic constitution which determines our major emotional, physical, physiological and mental tendencies. It is according to this constitution that we know how to remain in a state of balance or conversely, what can unbalance us.
The Ayurvedic constitution is composed of the three dosha (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) which are three forces in charge of different functions of our body. Vata is related to anything that moves things and instills movement, Pitta to anything that transforms things, and Kapha to anything that connects things together and creates stability and grounding. If we have all these three doshas in us, we also have a “dominance” of one or more of them (this is our basic constitution, our “prakriti”) and they can go into a state of imbalance (creating “vikritis”). The goal of the Ayurveda is to know oneself well enough to understand one’s prakriti, and to identify immediately the states of imbalance when they occur. This is how we manage to stay out of the disease process (Ayurveda considers that disease sets in in 6 main stages and that the starting point of this process always results from an imbalance in one of the dosha. When our conventional medicine makes a diagnosis, Ayurveda considers that we are already in the last stages of the process.) To stay in a state of balance or to rebalance, we have many tools such as diet, herbal medicine, massage, yoga, etc.
Finally, we work a lot with what we call attributes in Ayurveda to observe and treat. Cold, dry, light, hot, humid, unctuous, heavy, dense, etc… The principle is to say that “the same increases the same but the opposites balance each other”. To treat an imbalance, the challenge will be to go towards properties that will be opposed to it. In the same way that to respect our basic constitution, we will have to go towards a diet, lifestyle and practices that are the opposite of our dominance, therefore the opposite of our dominant dosha or our double constitution.
OUR PARTNERS IN THE CREATION OF THIS HERBAL TEA :
Amaya, creator of the famous brand of organic herbal teas “Happy Plantes”, was in chrage for creating the Yogamatata herbal teas. Her commitment to sourcing organic, local, wild and ethically grown plants and her expertise in making high quality herbal teas seduced Yogamatata, who is always very attached to the eco-responsibility and ethics of every of its products !
Valentine Lodato, ayurveda therapist and co-founder of the Centre Sesam in Lyon (France), was in charge of the formulation of our ayurvedic herbal teas. In collaboration with Amaya, she has put her expertise at the service of the formulation of the ayurvedic blends. Together, they have created balanced and tasty ayurvedic recipes!
🥰 Fun fact: Valentine and Ondine, founder of Yogamatata, studied together in Paris and have remained friends ever since! The collaboration was inevitable and we hope you will enjoy it as much as we do ! 🙏