The wisdom of Ayurveda teaches that the highest levels of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being can be achieved through the application of ancient principles of healing to restore your body to it’s natural state of balance.
Bringing balance to my pack is what this project is all about!
How do you know if YOUR pack is balanced? Or maybe it’s you that is out of balance? Some questions for self/pack assessment can be found in this blog post.
We, along with all of nature, are made up of the 5 elements – Earth, Water, Air, Space and Fire. The combinations are expressed in energies, or Doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. This article goes into more detail.
What’s that got to do with my Gordons, you may be wondering? Dogs have Doshas too! The even cooler part is that you can bring balance to each type of dosha with nutrition.
I have dreams of Ian and Larkin being like this all the time when they are together.
To that end, I’m going to be testing out how their behavior is effected by adjusting their foods, based on what I learn about each of their doshas.
First, I needed to identify the dosha combinations for each of my dogs and then looking into their imbalances and the associated foods I can feed them.
Using a Dog Quiz and Behavior Characteristics documents I got a copy of from animal relationship expert, Jamie Lee, I’ve arrived at these doshas:
Nicklas – Vata / Pitta
Ian- Kapha / Pitta
Larkin – Kapha / Pitta
Elly – Vata / Pitta
4 dogs with the secondary dosha of the Fire element. Which is where Ian’s intensity, Elly’s spunk, Nicklas’ determination and Larkin’s strength all come from. Also makes sense why they push each other’s button, lol, especially the 2 boys whose doshas match – Ian & Larkin.
I will probably look into this a little more to quadruple verify. I get that first impressions are usually correct but this is all new to me so I want to be as sure as I can to know I can trust the results I get from my “experiment”. Up to this point it’s making a lot of sense but if anything changes, I’ll be sure to come back and update!
Because of having identified their doshas, I can next look at how each combination shows up with their characteristics and what those imbalanced behaviors look like. Here it is by dog:
Nicklas – anxiety, worry and over active mind
Ian – aggression and withdrawing when sad
Larkin – aggression, needy
Elly – Fear, confusion
Wow, yup this still makes sense. I could easily identify which was the imbalanced behavior they have simply by looking at a list of them organized by dosha. Very interesting!
Next I need to read up on those dosha combinations and the foods associated with bringing balance. For example, I know that meats are known as cold, warm or neutral. Which is which and which is for which imbalance? Lol. I’ll share what I discover in a future blog!
The days of feeding 4 identical meals may be over….uh oh…