Updated: May 30
Dr Lad is the founder of the 1st Ayurveda School in the United States. He was talked into coming to the state by a student of his that was studying under him in India. He was so profoundly moved by what he was learning and how it was so important to teach this in the West. Dr Lad finally conceded and came to the states to teach a few courses, then eventually was pushed to build his school.
Dr Lad is in my opinion one of the most knowledgeable Doctors of Ayurveda medicine. He has written many books, has many You Tube videos, workshops, retreats and continues to teach in both India and the states each year. His story is one that is absolutely worth looking up.
I first came to know of Ayurveda when I was in College. I was checking out books from the library when I stumble upon his little soft covered book on Ayurveda - "The Science of Self Healing" this concept fascinated me from day one. I still have that little book. It is my tiny book of reference. It just makes perfect sense when you stop and really think of what Ayurveda is teaching us....know who you are, what you are made of and follow the imbalances right back into health and balance.
From Dr. Vasant Lad on Constitution (Prakruti) and nature of imbalance (vikruti):
“Understanding Prakriti and Vikruti paradigm allows to become fluent in the language of our own body and understand the origin of cravings. When the Vikruti imbalance is present, a person is more like to experience unhealthy cravings. Suppose a person has an excess of Kapha in the system and toxins are accumulated in the body. Over time accumulated Kapha will influence a person's nervous system and intelligence. As a result, a person with a Kapha imbalance who experiences weight gain, frequent colds, congestion, and cough will crave for ice cream, cheese, or yogurt. This craving is unhealthy and will lead only to more imbalance. Knowing you inborn constitution (Prakriti) and understanding your present state (Vikruti) will allow you to discriminate between healthy and unhealthy cravings. Our body knows how to create a perfect balance but we need to learn body’s language first to understand it.” - Dr. Vasant Lad
Cheers to the next layer of the onion of self-discovery!
To read a bit more on Dr. Visant Lad, check out this link below!