Ayurveda is an ancient Hindu system of holistic medicine based on the connections between the body, mind + spirit. This philosophy says that all things in the universe, both living and nonliving, are made of the same five natural elements: air, fire, water, earth and space.
These five elements combine in dominant pairs to form three dynamic life-forces called doshas, which are Vata (air and space), Pitta (fire and water), and Kapha (water and earth). It is believed that humans were created with a unique blend of all of these doshas, with an emphasis on their dominant elements. Ayurveda focuses on keeping these doshas in balance to maintain physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
This artwork captures the aspects of the Vata dosha - made of the space and air elements. Vata means ‘that which moves’, and it is behind all movement and change. The actions of Vata are light, moving, quick and changeable. According to Ayurveda, people with a dominant Vata dosha tend to always be on the go, with an energetic and creative mind. They love excitement and new experiences and are sensitive and spiritually attuned.
As long as Vata is in balance, they will be lively, enthusiastic, and flexible. When unbalanced, they can be anxious, flighty, impatient, distracted and worried. It is important for Vata dominant people to be grounded so they are not carried away into the ethers. Vata can be gentle or powerful - both in humans and in nature - from trees swaying in the breeze to powerful hurricanes. By keeping Vata in balance, an alignment of the mind, body and spirit can be enjoyed.
Created with peacock feathers, sand, shells and bindis from India + metallic acrylic and oil paints on a 1.5" deep gallery wrapped canvas.