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An Ayurvedic oil massage designed todrive herbal oil deep into the body’s tissues, This helps loosen and facilitate the removal of toxins (ama) from the body, soothes and tones the nervous system, and calms a restless mind.


Refers to our digestive fire, and is the root of the English word ignite. This “digestion” refers to our ability to process all aspects of life, including food, experiences, memories, emotions, and sensory impressions. Agni is responsible for assimilating the nutrients and essential elements the body needs while burning off waste products.


The toxins that build build up in the system as a result of poor digestive fire (agni).


Basti is the enema therapy of panchakarma, and one of the most effective treatments of Vata disorder. BAsti relieves constipation, distention, chronic fever, colds, muscle spasms, and headaches.


A spice mixture, either sweet or savory, that may be added to foods to kindle or control the digestive fire.


Dhatus are the basic structure that supports and nourishes our seven body tissues. The seven tissues, or dhatus, are lymph/plasma, blood, muscle, fat, bone, nerves, and reproductive tissue. They are nourished by the foods we eat in a cascading sequence, with the remains of one dhatu feeding it’s subsequent neighbors.


Literally means “qualities.” Ayurveda identifies 10 pairs of opposite qualities that we use to talk about the nature of food, the doshas, our environment, etc. They are heavy/light, dull/sharp, hot/cold, oily/dry, smooth/rough, dense/liquid, soft/hard, stable/mobile, clear/cloudy, subtle/gross. See also Tri Gunas.


The subtle form of Kapha: underlying strength or “sap”, psychological stability, mental endurance, contentment.


Literally “nature.” Your biological constitution; a combination of Vata, Pitta and/or Kapha.


In Ayurveda, the subtle form of Vata: life force or breath, comprehension and coordination of ideas, ability to move our thoughts and perceptions. Also one of the five sub-doshas of Vata.


One of the Tri Gunas: distraction, turbulence; brings about challenging emotions and interferes with our connectedness.


One of the Tri Gunas: clarity, purity; brings about our connection to the divine.

Subtle Doshas

Vata, Pitta and Kapha as they manifest in their mental forms- Prana, Tejas, Ojas


One of the Tri Gunas: disturbance, inertia; brings about our darker nature.


The subtle form of Pitta: fire or radiance, governs intellect, reason, self-discipline and perception, digestion of thoughts, ideas, and emotions.

Tri Gunas

A way of describing a person’s soul development, or spiritual connectedness: Sattva, Rajas and Tamas.


Describes the balance of the three doshas in the body at a given moment, and is therefore more accurately a description of the nature of imbalance.

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