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Living in harmony
The ancient Indian philosophy ayurveda teaches that all things in nature are composed of five elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether.Â These elements combine in various permutations to form the three doshas: vata (air and ether), pitta (fire and water) and kapha (earth and water). Practitioners believe each person has a unique balance of the three doshas, called their prakruti.
At Asheville Ayurveda, specialistÂ Greta Kent-StollÂ assesses eachÂ clientâ€™s physical constitution and physiological, psychological and emotional habits. She also looks at the personâ€™s appetite and metabolism, ability to gain and lose weight, ideal number of meals per dayÂ and reaction to missing a meal.
Kent-Stoll says one or two of the doshas usually predominate in each person and natural tendencies reinforce these, which can lead to problems. â€œIf we are eating foods and living in such a way that simply exaggerates who we are, and we keep doing that day after day over time, then that will eventually create some kind of imbalance,â€ she says.