Children catch on to Ayurveda (the science of life) easily as it is simple and based on nature. They naturally understand that the universe and their bodies are made of the five elements – earth, water, fire, air and ether. When asked what it feels like to have fire in the body, they will yell – “a fever”. So having your children help with preparing dinner is a great opportunity to talk about of the qualities of various foods.
One discussion over making food could be “How to Stay Healthy”. They will know that it helps to have colder foods when it is hot outside and not when it is cold outside. Ayurveda is based on the principle of opposites. Cool drinks and salads in the summer help keep the fire (Pitta) inside you balanced. Taking ginger will be too heating for the Pitta child. The Vata child (air), on the other hand, needs the warmth of ginger and hot foods in the fall which is Vata season.
Your children will make healthier choices when they understand why. So teaching them about the three main doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha and their properties is the first step. They will easily understand the qualities of the five elements and how they combine to make the three doshas. For example, the wind is the air element and is dry, light, cold. Vata body type is made up of air and ether (space). Vata children are like the air and tend to move a lot and don’t know when to stop and get easily fatigued.
Here is a good introductory article by the Founder of Club Yoga, Bhuvaneswari Devi.
“Ayurveda: the Science that Celebrates Your Child’s Uniqueness.”
This is a good starting point and the next step is to learn more about the three Doshas, you & your child’s particular constitution, how to balance with proper food, lifestyle, exercise etc.
Come and immerse yourself in Ayurveda with this 2-hour interactive workshop. See how the right foods and spices will spice up your life and balance the whole body. Teaching your children to be in control of their bodies by choosing the right foods for their particular body type is a special gift to give them. They will become responsible for their own health and learn to be creative in making food, snacks and just plain having fun with food. They will learn that different people need different foods to be healthy as well as what foods to eat according to one’s dosha.
Imagine your kids growing up understanding how we are all made up of the same five elements, yet unique in our own expression of them!