When I find something I can’t live without, the next step is making sure I can get it into your hands. Currently, my “can’t live without” product from them (which is organic small batched in nor cal) is Zana. They also have amazing tongue cleaners, oil pullers, aroma sprays & golden milk but one thing that stuck out the most for me was their incredible face + neck roller “Zana”. I have been searching for a face + neck roller that was great for
-glow & it would pair with my jade roller-which is in stock here
I have been using it morning and night and love it. It also smells divine and has cbd in it too! For those of you curious my dosah is Pitta Vata and I can’t wait to hear what yours is!
Here’s a little bit about more what I can’t stop raving about Ayurveda and our nor cal babes from beloved Paavani:
Power Behind Ayurveda
Written by Trudy Collings & Leah Klatt, co-founders of PAAVANI Ayurveda
HISTORY OF THE POWER BEHIND AYURVEDA
Have you ever heard of the word Ayurveda? The power behind Ayurveda is huge! Ayurveda, a branch of Vedic Science, literally means “the knowledge of life” & originated in India as the traditional medical system over 5,000 years ago. The Buddha had an Ayurvedic Doctor & Chinese Medicine’s roots are in Ayurveda. This ancient science works both as a preventative and curative medicine. In India today, there are Ayurvedic medical schools training physicians in internal medicine, surgery, gynecology, pediatrics, toxicology & gerontology.
It is not necessary to attend Ayurvedic medical school to understand or implement Ayurvedic knowledge into daily life. Ayurveda at its root is a simple, practical science which promotes self-care and preventative medicine. According to Ayurveda, we create our state of health based upon how we interact with our environment. By making choices that support our inner nature we can live harmoniously and in balance.
DOSHAS OF THE POWER BEHIND AYURVEDA
There are 3 constitutions or doshas in Ayurveda: Vata, Pitta & Kapha. These three doshas are comprised of the natural elements: ether, air, fire, water and earth. Everything that is alive has the 5 elements within it and all 3 doshas. However, every living being has a unique blend of the elements and thus the doshas. For example, a person may have more fire within them if they are a natural born leader compared to another person that has more of the water element & prefers to act as a loving support for those around them.
Once the foundations of Ayurveda are understood, it is quite simple to begin looking at what life throws at us through an Ayurvedic lens. ‘Why am I reacting this way?’ ‘Why does my skin feel drier in the winter versus the spring?’ ‘Why am I having trouble sleeping?’ ‘Why is my skin more sensitive than others?’ All of these questions can be answered through understanding your Ayurvedic constitution.
The term Ayurvedic constitution refers to the unique blend of doshas that comprise your body, mind & emotions. The beauty about Ayurveda is that it does not believe in a “one size fits all” prescription for health and wellness. Instead, it looks at each person as an individual. It looks at each symptom or dis-ease as an indicator of the person moving away from their natural balance or prakruti.
PRAKRUTI VS. VIKRUTI
Prakruti, to be clear, is your Ayurvedic constitution. When you are in balance and not experiencing any symptoms or disease, you are experiencing the state of Prakruti. It is your long-term tendencies and where you feel healthy and balanced.
In contrast, Vikruti is when you are experiencing imbalance in the body, mind and/or emotions. When your dosha(s) are out of balance, you are in Vikruti. This state happens when you are simply experiencing a tiny blemish to experiencing a greater imbalance like chronic cystic acne.
The Ayurvedic journey is to rediscover your Prakruti or your natural, healthy, happy state. Ayurveda provides us with a multitude of therapies to help create a harmonious external world that will facilitate healing not only on the outside but deep within our beings.
Vata: The Force of Motion
Vata Dosha is comprised of the Air & Ether elements. Imagine these elements come into contact with your being. What qualities do Air & Ether possess? What do they create in your body & mind? Are Air & Ether: light or heavy, hot or cold, static or flowing? Let us help you answer these questions. Air & Ether are both inherently light, dry, cold, mobile & flowing. Since these are the qualities that comprise these elements & these elements are what create vata dosha, then vata dosha reflects these qualities as well.
A vata type reflects the Air & Ether qualities in their physical, mental & emotional bodies. A vata body is irregular. Sometimes thin with long bones or sometimes vata manifests as a pear-shaped figure. Commonly, vata types have difficulty gaining weight. The personality is restless, adventurous, dreamy, bubbly and charismatic. The vata soul is creative, artistic & inspires others. It is quite difficult to pin down a vata type person because their nature is inherently mobile. They love movement, change & jump at the idea of trying new things. The unofficial mascot of vata dosha is a hummingbird or butterfly. They are always moving, fluttering from place to place. To some it may seem that vata types lack direction but to the vata type person, that is exactly what makes them feel alive.
Pitta: The Force of Transformation
Pitta Dosha is created from the elements Fire & Water, with Fire being the predominant. Imagine these these elements coming into contact with you. What qualities do Fire & Water possess? What sensations do they create in your body & mind? Are Fire & Water: light or heavy, oily or dry, hot or cold, static or flowing? Let us help you navigate through these questions. The qualities of pitta are: hot, light, sharp, oily and flowing. Since these are the qualities that comprise these elements & these elements are what create pitta dosha, then pitta dosha reflects these qualities as well.
A pitta type mirrors the qualities of Fire & Water in their physical, mental & emotional bodies. Pitta manifests in the physical body through a medium frame & athletic build. It is easy for pitta types to sustain muscle tone. If weight is gained, it is easy to lose. In the mind, Pitta creates sharpness & intellect. Pitta types are natural born leaders, passionate & courageous. They communicate directly. To some, their clear communication can come off sharp or curt; however, pitta types feel like they are just being clear & getting to the point. Pitta types value organization & completion of tasks is a must. When they are in balance, they have a beautiful blend of the Fire & Water Element which makes them inspire others to achieve their goals & they also display a powerful, compassionate nature. The unofficial mascot of pitta dosha is a lion. They are strong, powerful, demand attention & will protect their loved ones with fierce loyalty & love.
Imbalance in pitta dosha manifests as excess heated conditions & emotions. In the body, there is a tendency for hyperacidity, ulcers & inflammation. In the mind, excess pitta leads to irritability, jealousy, impatience, a judgmental attitude & anger. Pitta type skin can be described as sensitive, oily in the T-Zone areas & can also be prone to acne & blemishes.
Kapha: The Force of Stability
Kapha dosha is made of the Earth & Water elements. Close your eyes and feel these elements come into contact with your being. What qualities do Earth & Water possess? What sensations do they create in your body & mind? Are these elements: light or heavy, hot or cold, dense or flowing, sharp or dull, static or mobile? Let us guide you through these questions. Earth & Water are both by nature: dense, heavy, cold, static and dull. Since these are the qualities that comprise these elements & these elements are what create kapha dosha, then kapha dosha reflects these qualities as well.
Kapha dosha is the force of stability due to the grounded, stable elements that create it. A kapha type reflects Earth & Water in their physical, mental & emotional being. A kapha body is solid and sometimes stocky. It is very easy for kapha types to gain weight & hard to lose the weight. They have large features: abundant hair, large eyes and thick lips. A kapha personality is sweet, loving & loyal. They are the people at the party or social gathering making sure everyone else is okay. They will make sure your drink is full, you have eaten & you are not too hot or not too cold. Kapha types are also grounded, steady and enjoy routine. The unofficial mascot of kapha dosha is an elephant. They move slowly, have open hearts & have natural compassion for others.
When kapha is out of balance, in the physical body, there can be weight gain, excess mucous, lethargy & nausea associated in the digestive tract. Stubbornness & attachment may become an issue in the emotional body. Imbalanced kapha skin manifests with excess oiliness, congestion, cystic acne, blackheads & large pores.
Discover Your Dosha and The Power Behind Ayurveda
Ayurveda is an ancient, in depth science that has helped humankind achieve health and balance throughout the centuries. To start bringing Ayurveda into your life, it is best to understand the blend of doshas within you. To learn more about your unique combination of doshas, visit PAAVANI Ayurveda’s Discover Your Dosha Quiz. The quiz is about 20 questions in length and covers mental and emotional aspects of your being as well as more physical traits like skin and body type.
Co-founder of PAAVANI, Leah Klatt, will be in store from 11am-1pm to demo the Ayurvedic daily ritual of oil pulling & tongue cleaning. Come on down to have all your questions answered & learn why Ayurveda recommends these two rituals to be performed each morning. Leah will also be sharing information on the ZANA CBD topical line. Leah’s adorable Pomeranian, Osito, may be cruising with her to this event, so you may be lucky to meet this fun-loving pup in person!
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