Five Elements

Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old tradition and philosophy based on knowledge of the youth-restoring effects and therapeutic uses of herbs and oils to bring balance to the body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda, “the science of life” is built upon the understanding of the five elements (space, air, fire, water and earth) and recognition of the simple fact that human beings are part of nature.

The 3 Doshas

When these elements combine they create three governing principles, or doshas. These are Vata (air and space), Pitta (fire with a little water) and Kapha (earth and water). Everything may be categorized according to its proportion of the doshas, including our mind-body (and skin) type. Radiant beauty and health is considered to be an outer reflection of the proper inner balance of the three doshas for our particular constitution.


Each of us has a unique proportion of these three principles that shape our own nature. All these principles are present in each of us, however normally one or two of them predominate. The imbalance in the doshas has an impact on our skin, emotions, body structure, health and general welfare. Shankara helps you balance and dynamically integrate the environment, body, mind and spirit.

The 3 Doshas