Ayurveda says listen to your body and here’s why

Jul 25, 2022 | Ayurveda


Ayurveda is an ancient life science that embraces the fact that each individual is unique, and that each person should pay attention to their own bodies in order to achieve wellness and wellbeing. According to ayurveda why you should listen to your body is because your body has a way of communicating its requirements to you and by listening you can ensure that you heal your body and live a healthy life.

Ayurveda and its take on your body

The ancient teachings of ayurveda places the responsibility of your body’s health on you, by listening to your body and understanding what it is saying to you. You are invited to truly understand your body, its composition, the five elements that the entire universe is composed of – earth, water, fire, air and space. The five elements in turn form the three basic humours of the human body, with each person having their own combinations of the three. Vata dosha, Pitta dosha and Kapha dosha, known as the Tridoshas make up our basic physiology.

What is Dosha?

Dosha are the basic blueprint of our bodies, a combination of three that create the makeup of our beings. In Ayurveda there is no one solution fits all when it comes to finding health and wellbeing. Most important is finding mind body balance because the two are inter-connected and wellness cannot be achieved unless you ensure that your entire body is in balance. The first step is understanding what body type you are – vata, pitta or kapha. Once that is achieved you will find it easy to listen to your body and take the necessary action.

Listen to your body!

Your body is constantly sending you signals about how it is feeling, what it needs. Sometimes we are so caught up in what we should be doing that we do not stop to listen to our internal signals. Thankfully, ayurveda is a medicinal system that helps you understand your body, make it less confusing. Often we get used to feeling a certain way that we do not even realise that we are being given a signal as to what is happening within. A heavy droopy feeling, ache in your upper sinuses, a pain near our shoulder blades, a gurgling in the pit of your stomach, a heaviness in the chest, pressure around your heart of a heaviness in the chest are all feelings that we often ignore and learn to live with, pushing the feeling into the background.

For instance, with ayurvedic guidance you will understand the importance of your bowel movements and what it can indicate to you about your health. Your bowel movements are directly related to your colon, which is an important organ which most of us tend to ignore. It is the process by which we rid our bodies of toxins, so it is important that we pay attention and ensure that we have regular movements.

How to heal by listening to your body?

Staying healthy is not difficult if you learn the simple method of listening to your body. Ayurveda is all about learning your body, being in tune with your body and ensuring that balance. Consult an ayurvedic doctor to find out your body type, which is the dominant dosha within you and how best to maintain balance within your body. You will be guided in the practice of taking a moment to look within to what you body really needs as opposed to what you think it needs. This way you will gradually learn to understand the different emotions, aches and pains and what they mean and how to solve the problem based on your body composition.


Being healthy will become second nature when you take the time to listen to what your body needs rather than assume based on what you think it needs. Ayurveda though an ancient science has more than proved its relevance in today’s world as well, helping more and more people with their journey towards health and wellness.