Holistic Health Practitioner Certification

As you go through the consultations and classes there might be some terminology that you’re not familiar with. Here are some common terms that you may come across.

A traditional healing system dating back 5,000 years to ancient India. The Sanskrit word Ayurveda is derived from the root words ayuh, meaning ‘life’ or ‘longevity,’ and veda, meaning ‘science’ or ‘knowledge.’ Ayurveda therefore means the ‘science of life’. Ayurveda focuses on preventing sickness as well as curing disease. Therefore it applies to both the healthy and sick. Ayurveda addresses the physical and mental in order to create balance.

There are 3 functional energies in nature known as doshas: Vata (Air), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha (Earth). In the body, it is the unique ratio of these three humors that determines an individual’s constitution. When the doshas are present in appropriate quantities they support the health and integrity of the body. When they are out of balance they can cause illness and disease. Determining the dominating dosha(s) helps identify foods to eat, foods to stay away from, physical activities to emphasize, supplements, etc. in order to restore and maintain balance.

Determine your Dosha

Clarified butter made by gently heating unsalted butter until the milk solids can be removed. An important substance in Ayurveda that is used in cooking and for therapeutic purposes.

Modern medicine treats the physical symptoms of a single health issue. A holistic approach seeks to achieve optimal health by addressing the whole (mind, body, spirit).

One of the three doshas, functional energies in nature. Kapha derives from the elements of Earth and Water and translates as “that which sticks.” It is the energy of building and lubrication that provides the body with physical form, structure, and the smooth functioning of all its parts. Kaphas tend to be slow-moving, thoughtful, gain weight easily and having difficult losing it.


One of the three doshas, functional energies in nature. Pitta derives from the elements of Fire and Water and translates as “that which cooks.” It is the energy of digestion and metabolism in the body that functions through carrier substances such as organic acids, hormones, enzymes, and bile. Pittas tend to have a medium build, are fiery, stubborn, competitive, and quick to anger.

One of the three doshas, functional energies in nature. Vata derives from the elements of Space and Air and translates as “wind” or “that which moves things.” It is the energy of movement and the force governing all biological activity. Vatas tend to be tall, thin, have difficulty gaining weight and are creative/imaginative.