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Ayurvedic Karmic Evaluation Assessment

The ancient system of Ayurveda is more than simply looking at the physical manifestation of disease, and questions even where congenital or even ‘unexplained’ life-long issues come in due to karma of our past actions.

Our Ayurvedic Karmic Evaluation Assessment looks at these from a deeper perspective of the past incarnations, calculated from one’s time of birth and other facets such as physical features and signs correlated with these.

Here, Durgadas – international author, Vedic Astrologer and Ayurvedic Practitioner of many books on Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology and Tantra will assess your chart.

Here you will get valuable information regarding your Birth Star (Nakshatra), Birth Sign (Rashi), Planetary Periods (Mahadashas) and any important Transits (Gocharas) you are running and how to avoid issues in them, as also specific health-related combinations and remedies for all such issues, whether health, career, personal, business or relationship etc. related.

Here, we bring in Ayurveda and Yoga techniques and spiritual practices that can help with at a deeper spiritual (karmic) level, and help to work out karma behind diseases, as also get an indication of our deeper patterns in life.

-Understand how the planets affect your karma and health
-Learn specific remedial measures to reduce these effects
-Learn how planetary cycles affect you now
-Understand your personality/psychology due to karmic astrology

It is recommended that two-monthly or six-monthly follow-up consultations ($95.00 each) along with this be booked, so that one can be kept up to date relative to planetary transits and influences, as also practices one is doing to rectify issues.

***Birth place, time and date are all that is required for this consultation.***

Available over Skype also, anywhere in the world.

Price: NZ $275.00*
(Initial Consultation, Report/Assessment and Recommendations)

*Payments can also be made by cash on the day or by internet banking if in person. Please select your option when making a booking.

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The Problematic Dosha-Quizzes

Q: I have filled out a few online dosha-quizzes and think I have a vata problem. Can you treat this?

A: First of all, Ayurveda is a complete medical system, and no one person can be stereotyped into a dosha per se. A dosha means a blemish or vitiation itself, so it’s often what can be a natural tendency within a person, whereas the vikriti or disease outside of this is a deviation from the norm.

Secondly, there is often a misconception about Ayurvedic doshas reflecting “body-mind” types. Ayurvedic psychology (bhutavidya or graha chikitsa) is itself a specialised limb within Ayurveda and assesses the mind and it’s disorders in a very specific manner outside that of the so-called doshas of vata, pitta, kapha and their combinations, although sometimes these are used in disease – but are not limitations alone. Not all diseases can be neatly classified into such, and due to numerous combinations of them, each disorder manifests specific traits relative to each which is known only to a highly-trained Ayurvedic practitioner, or Vaidya

Thirdly, the dosha-quiz model often fails as we tend to project our own ideas about ourselves rather than consistent traits. Variations such as in female menstrual cycles or emotional factors, the age and sex of a person, genetic factors, one’s race and suitabilities, one’s diet, quality of food, digestion, underlying mental issues (that may stem from karmic issues, congenital or childhood trauma) can alter these, as can the seasons and even changes of foods and diets due to various soil types and crops being cultivated around the world (as an example, tomatoes, potatoes, pumpkins, capsicums, corn, chillies etc. are native to the Americas).

The quality of foods, drugs and lands, as well as numerous other dietary and lifestyle factors have to be assessed in a clinical setting, as well as your response to questions in addition to a clinical examination that brings in differential diagnosis in both the more ‘natural’ state and also disorder(s) you are currently suffering, and the way forward.

Clinical Ayurveda looks at subtle factors that make up the doshas as well as other factors previously mentioned. For those not trained in this medical system, which has over 1100 diseases and a highly-evolved surgical system, one of detoxification, understanding of seasonal, weather patterns, food energetics etc. as well as an extensive pharmacopoeia that has its own indications and contraindications as with allopathic medicine – will find it difficult to navigate, just as one surfing on WebMD or Googling symptoms and self-diagnosing, which is extremely dangerous.

Q: Once I had an Ayurvedic Consultation and I was told I was a Kapha-Pitta person, but a quiz indicates something else. Another Consultation revealed I was Vata-Kapha. Why is this?

A: First of all, as mentioned aforehand, we have to be very careful about assessing things and take note of specifically what we have been told. Some Ayurvedic practitioners will tend to work on the disorder, some may give recommendations as per your age and sex alone seeing it as a major factor, digestive power and sex, and one may be working simply with lifestyle recommendations as per your phenotype or biological type, based on their own analysis of you.

As also noted, it depends which methods they have implemented as well. Some may just go on answers you gave during a written test-sheet, or cross-examine you. So, we first have to understand what information was given, why and what exactly it applied to.

Some also understand Ayurveda only from a Naturopathic or New-Age model of stereotypes, whilst others may project their own analysis of you based upon their own and project these. Some may also be more sensitive to one dosha within a person at any one given time, and some may be basing it on the pulse, but not understanding the deeper facets of this science which has its own indications and aspects that have to be weighed up, and takes a lot of practice, examination and study – especially in disease, to perfect. Eating, drinking, exercise, anxiety, exposure to cold and heat before and after this can alter readings, where it is only possible for very highly trained and intuitive practitioners to differentiate.

Q: I read that taking Triphala and Vegan-diet was best for me.  Should I continue with this, as I’m feeling much better?

A: People will often feel ‘better’ when they take anything lighter and any substance that helps with their elimination, but this is not indicative of proper health or healing.

Ayurveda looks at long-term effects rather than short-term effects, relative to life-long than just over a few weeks, months or even years. Disorders can manifest due to excesses of anything – whether foods or impressions, lifestyle regimes or exercise as even yoga practices, which have to be specific, rather than generic for everyone.

While some herbal formulas can be good for one and all, some such as Triphala can cause griping in some people and may have opposite effects, due to their metabolism, so your GI health has to be assessed clinically first. It is often taken along with other specific herbs or even compound and combined formulas depending on what is best for you given all of the factors we have previously discussed, viz. age, sex, metabolism, mental state, tendencies, location, climate, seasons, lifestyle etc.

Relative to diets, no diet suits one and all. Note our article here that discusses this aspect in more detail, relative to Ayurveda.

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Ayurveda and Diets: Some Clarity

I am vegetarian/vegan. Isn’t this Ayurvedic?

A: Whilst certain diets and those such as juicing, veganism and vegetarianism can be fine for certain people, it goes even far beyond what dosha a person has predominantly and has to be weighed up against various factors such as environment, age, sex, locality, seasonal effects, psychological typing, genetic suitabilities and any psychological disorders in addition to nay disorders and ones metabolism (enzymatic effect).

Thus, Ayurveda recommends such and even various combinations and manners of cooking foods (or not) relative to preparation after all of these are considered during a full Ayurvedic examination by a trained practitioner. Ayurveda recommends meat for some people and abstaining from such for others, depending upon such factors.

This is also that why vegans and vegetarians sometimes argue the higher amount of iron in certain vegetables or greens as spinach, they are harder to absorb than in meats (eastern diets consider methods to properly metabolise and absorb these, as well as heavier supplements); an absence of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), an Omega-3 fat, predominantly found in fish, which is useful for eye and brain health among other things, which is lacking in vegan diets.

Certain cultures were vegetarian historically, but Ayurveda views such, relative to suitability over generations, rather than fad-diets and health-implications these may cause. Here, traditionally foreigners in Ayurvedic hospitals were given their local dietary substances (or closest to), so as it didn’t alter with their nutrition as it has evolved. Radical changes (as from meat to vegetarian or vegetarian to meat diets) can cause severe health concerns.

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Is it good not to eat animals?

A: Yes, however, we must remember that many food articles that are deemed karmically ‘evolved’ as animals don’t stop there; many substances and foods that are consumed by those in modern Ayurveda and Yoga movements such as chillies, garlic, onions and wine are considered more evolved or causing issues to the mind in orthodox traditional Brahmin circles of India, who have been habituated to such regimes over thousands of years. If their people took up eating of meats, they would also have issues, just as westerners and others adopting such vegan and vegetarian trends without a full understanding or examination.

Ayurveda understands this as satmya (suitability) and notes that not all foods and substances are good for, nor should be avoided for all races (those in various geographic regions) based on their genetic suitability and evolution. The French Diet for example contains many fats, yet the French have themselves become accustomed to eating such foods and thus consumption doesn’t affect them. They also eat in smaller portions.

Other diets such as the Mediterranean diet are well-known to be useful for a number of disorders from cardiovascular to inflammatory conditions. Yet, again, much depends upon ones own suitability to such, as also relative to diseases. Generic diets, due to food energetics can actually cause issues for many, due to poor metabolism.

Cultural/genetic suitability here must be remembered as the Classical Ayurvedic teaching over emotional virtue-signalling or sanctimoniousness.

Durgadas has explained this in his many books on Yoga and Classical Ayurveda, which are available from, Barnes and Noble etc.

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I have been having raw foods and also kale smoothies for breakfast. I heard this is healthy for me?

A: As noted, the Ayurvedic system works on a different level of energetics to other systems, dietary fads and medical systems. It even treats diabetes according to twenty different types – so there is a lot of specificity in Ayurvedic medicine compared to mere allopathic-based diets and biochemical models.

Hence, many factors are considered in classical Ayurveda and being even beyond one’s biology, which itself can be finely-tuned into many sub-categories also. Thus, even one pitta person in Ayurveda wouldn’t be treated the same as another, given their unique sensitivities and refined nature as well.

Raw foods and those such as kale, whilst can be useful for reducing acidity in the body for example, aren’t always useful in Ayurveda and can be seen to cause complications and even causative factors behind long-term diseases for others. Again, age, sex, locations, climates, environmental impressions and numerous other factors have to be considered, as well as best combinations for you.

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