Ayurvedic Terms

  • Agni: The digestive fire

  • Ama: Toxic build-up of waste and harmful residue

  • Ayurveda: The 5000 year old traditional healing system of India, which translates to mean the “wisdom or knowledge of life”

  • Dosha(s):The three principles (vata,pitta,andkapha) which are used to describe a person’s balanced constitution as well as current imbalances.

  • Ghee: Clarified butter, made by slowly cooking butter to remove the water and milk solids

  • Kapha: One of the 3 doshas, or constitutional principles,used to describe one’s state of balance and imbalance. Kapha is made of earth and water, displays the qualities of these elements, and is responsible for stability and structure in the body.

  • Pancha karma: Traditional cleansing process used in Ayurveda

  • Pitta: One of the 3 doshas,or constitutional principles,used to describe one’s state of balance and imbalance. Pitta is made of fire and water, displays the qualities of these elements, and is responsible for transformation in the body.

  • Prakriti: One’s inherent balanced constitution

  • Sneha: The quality of being oily, which helps alleviate dryness. Also means love.

  • Vata: One of the 3 doshas, or constitutional principles, used to describe one’s state of balance and imbalance. Vata is made of air and space, displays the qualities of these elements, and is responsible for movement in the body.

  • Vikriti: One’s current imbalanced state