Agni / Ama / Dosha

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Agni, Ama, Dosha:

Agni, also known as our digestive fire and ama is related to the amount of toxicity in our bodies. In Ayurveda the function, quality of agni and the amount of ama in the body are important for the foundation of our health. If one were to have a weak digestive fire, there could be lack of digestion happening within the internal organs. If there is too much ama, this could relate to inflammation and/or toxicity. Ayurveda provides 20 qualities of opposing reactions to one another and places them into 3 doshic categories called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

Doshas are a way of expressing what is going on mentally, physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually in this very moment of time. If one was to feel spacey or ungrounded this could be considered Vata as it is responsible for the elements of Ether and Air. If someone felt as if the blades of glory were roaring within them, continuously moving forward to strive towards the top, this is a Pitta quality. Harnessing the elements of fire, with a little bit of the water. Lastly, the Kapha dosha. Ever get the feeling of wanting to do nothing? Or having so much love to give you could cry? These are some qualities of Kapha dosha representing earth and water elements. Dosha in Sanskrit means imbalance and understanding the doshas can help us in our everyday life. These 3 Doshas that Ayurveda has revealed can be easily recognized within our body with the knowledge and wisdom taught through the Ayurvedic practice.

Agni is represented as the fire within our digestive system. We know fire is associated with Pitta Dosha.

What can help stabilize a fire? The proper amount of wood, water, air and a solid foundation. Notice how we need all the qualities of the doshas working together to form this harmonic Pitta thriving system within the digestive tract. If there is too much fire, this could cause the symptoms of dry, sticky, substances to form within the body. Eventually showing signs of diarrhea or constipation , which relates to a Vata imbalance within the digestive tract. If one were to experience Kapha within the digestive tract it could look like mucus build up, inflammation, or water retention.

Ama is the toxicity building up in our bodies.

If one is drinking too much alcohol, not drinking enough water or not getting the proper amount of nutrients through the food they are eating, ama starts to build in the body. Toxicity and inflammation start to take over which then causes the doshic imbalances to occur. One can experience ama in the mental, emotional, physical or spiritual part of the body. A simple and powerful technique to start removing ama from your body is to invest in a tongue scraper for yourself. Either copper or stainless steel would work best. The key is to start removing toxicity. Stay clean for 30 days without alcohol and experiment with the changes you’ll feel. Be present and when practicing these techniques, allow gratitude to flow through you.


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