Ayurveda – The Science of Life

Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India. Although suppressed during years of foreign occupation, Ayurveda has been enjoying a major resurgence in both its native land and throughout the world. Tibetan medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine both have their roots in Ayurveda. Early Greek medicine also embraced many concepts originally described in the classical ayurvedic medical texts dating back thousands of years.

More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vital while realizing their full human potential. Providing guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, behavior and the proper use of our senses, Ayurveda reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit.

Recognizing that human beings are part of nature, Ayurveda describes three fundamental energies that govern our inner and outer environments: movement, transformation, and structure. Known in Sanskrit as Vata (Wind), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha (Earth), these primary forces are responsible for the characteristics of our mind and body. Each of us has a unique proportion of these three forces that shapes our nature. If Vata is dominant in our system, we tend to be thin, light, enthusiastic, energetic, and changeable. If Pitta predominates in our nature, we tend to be intense, intelligent, and goal-oriented and we have a strong appetite for life. When Kapha prevails, we tend to be easy-going, methodical, and nurturing. Although each of us has all three forces, most people have one or two elements that predominate.

For each element, there is a balanced and imbalance expression. When Vata is balanced, a person is lively and creative, but when there is too much movement in the system, a person tends to experience anxiety, insomnia, dry skin, constipation, and difficulty focusing. When Pitta is functioning in a balanced manner, a person is warm, friendly, disciplined, a good leader, and a good speaker. When Pitta is out of balance, a person tends to be compulsive and irritable and may suffer from indigestion or an inflammatory condition. When Kapha is balanced, a person is sweet, supportive, and stable but when Kapha is out of balance, a person may experience sluggishness, weight gain, and sinus congestion.
An important goal of Ayurveda is to identify a person’s ideal state of balance, determine where they are out of balance, and offer interventions using diet, herbs, aromatherapy, massage treatments, music, and meditation to reestablish balance.


About Ayurveda


When trying to understand why we are the way we are, particularly in conjunction with an active desire to work with weight, stress, and personal growth issues, it is useful to have a definition of balance as a starting place for our inquiry. In the study of Ayurveda, whose literal translation means “life science”, the definition of balance is universal in nature, containing common elements that are inclusive of all mind and body types; it is personal in nature, individualized to fit the unique attributes of each individual. This definition allows us to relate to characteristics everyone carries, as well as our own views of ourselves.


Ayurveda – The Science of Life

Although suppressed during years of foreign occupation, Ayurveda has been enjoying a major resurgence in both its native land and throughout the world. Tibetan medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine both have their roots in Ayurveda. Early Greek medicine also embraced many concepts originally described in the classical Ayurvedic medical texts dating back thousands of years.  [READ MORE]

About the Dosha

Dosha is a Sanskrit word that translates as “mind-body constitution” or “mind-body personality.” According to ayurveda – the 5,000-year-old “science of life” – there are five master elements or mahabhutas that make up everything within our bodies and everything outside of our bodies: space, air, fire, water, and earth.  [READ MORE]




About Us


Contact us at 520 309 -9055

Sunday thru Friday between 8 am and 6 pm,
and we will be happy to set up a meeting time.

Dish for Dosha operates from The Cafe @ the YWCA Southern Arizona

525 N. Bonita Ave Tucson, AZ 85745

Our hours are flexible, because we meet by appointment.  However, the YWCA Cafe is open Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 2:30 pm; where most days you can find individual raw Ayurvedic fresh juices.


We believe that there is power in food and harmony in our surroundings, striving for constant balance.

Cecilia has spent trained for 2 curriculum years the teachings of Dr. Deepak Chopra; and has continued with graduating from culinary school and then continuing extended education through the Eller college as well as incubation as a business entity with now 5 years of service on record.


A conscious effort has been made to respect bless and enjoy each fruit and vegetable that enters our formulation kitchen. We understand that we are dealing with living things, and that our energy impacts them as much as their energy impacts us.  we work with local farmers, non profits organizations, and small business owners to ensure we commit to our beliefs surrounding the issue of community sustainability.

About the Chef

Dish for Dosha’s founder -Cecilia Arosemena, is very persistent and devoted to put into action the principles she has learned along her journey, and believes in with conviction. The Chef holds a clear vision and hope for her guests so that people can optimize their general health by eating consciously.  [READ MORE]


Dish for Dosha specializes in Western food with an Eastern flare. Using quality local ingredients, we compose colorful symphonies of fusion cuisine, which restore the natural balance of your Doshic mind -body type.  [READ MORE]

How our Programs work?

Your answer, is just a quick phone call away. Speak to an Ayurvedic personal chef @ (520) 309-9055 to determine your specific goals, and get your customized cleansing program formulated just for you.  [READ MORE]

Our Philosophy

Dish for Dosha’s unique approach to food is inspired by the balancing principles of the science of Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a 5000 year old healing tradition based out of India that is still taught and practiced in Eastern medical schools today.  [READ MORE]

Our Mission

It is our mission to feed, educate and heal our community by introducing you to the fundamental principles of the science of Ayurveda; the study of life.  [READ MORE]


A few pictures and comments from our dear patrons.  [READ MORE]

Chef Cecilia Arosemena, the founder of this local desert jewel, strongly believes that food can be used as a powerful natural medicine, as long as its paired correctly, and treated with love, respect and appreciation.  Using high quality, locally sourced ingredients, our company supports local vendors, farmers, and their markets.

We at Dish for Dosha are proud to be a supporter of the YWCA and HAPPY Organization, based in Tucson, Arizona, along with other community outreach projects.

About You

Call for Consultations

A free initial phone consultation where we match your goals and intentions to one of our programs that suits you best. A second detailed consultation where we determine your Dosha, your personal goals and talk about whats been on your mind lately.  [READ MORE]

Programs, Packages, and Prices

Our Cleansing and Rejuvenating programs can be anywhere from 3 days, to 30 days. We will come to a decision together, but it usually mostly depends on what your goals are, what your intentions are, what your daily lifestyle is like, and what you are willing to commit to.  [READ MORE]

Dosha Questions and Quizzes

In Ayurveda, health is defined as the dynamic state of balance between mind, body, and environment. It is possible for each of us to achieve and maintain a vibrant and joyful state of health by identifying our mind-body type and then creating a lifestyle that sustains and nurtures our unique nature. Take the Dosha Quiz and determine: What’s my dosha? If more than one quality is applicable in each characteristic, choose the one that applies the most.  [READ MORE]

Become a member

Once we learn about you with this brief questionnaire, then we can match you up to your perfect blend. Please share your answers freely, and honestly. The more you think about the questions, the better insight we will have for you.  [READ MORE]

And after all that… Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

We cant wait to serve you, and your friends!

Your Chef,
Cecilia Arosemena

Products and Services

IMG_20130728_090622Personal Chef service

A personal chef is a chef who is hired by different clients and prepares meals in the clients’ home kitchens, based on their needs and preferences. In most cases the chef leaves the meals he had cooked packaged in containers and refrigerated or frozen for the client to enjoy later.

Potluck Party Trays with labelsPotluck party trays

Potluck Party Trays with labels Have you ever been suddenly faced with the dilemma of “What should I bring” to a friendly gathering? Don’t worry, your unique, healthy and affordable party tray can be custom made, and ready within 24 hours of your order.

20140307_102450Raw fruit & vegetable juices

Each juice is formulated specifically for your body type, (your Dosha). These juices below, are some examples of juices we’ve made in the past for our clients. If you are interested in some of the juices you see here, let your personal Ayurvedic Chef know, and we will modify the recipe for your body, if necessary.

Serving at various types of retreatsCorporate event catering

We cater to your office on meeting day. We can serve anything from a monthly staff meeting, to a lavish annual Christmas party. We can either set up a table outside of your meeting room with healthy boxed lunches, for a working lunch; or set up a buffet table with healthy finger food for a mixer style lunch.

IMG_20130727_113051Seminar or Retreat event catering

We are most often willing to travel with the group, and stay with them full time in order to serve all 3 meals of the day, for how ever many days required. our services are commonly requested in spiritual retreats, because of the conscious energetics that we prepare our dishes with. We believe that food is infused by the chef’s radiating energy, therefore the chef must know how to treat, love, and respect each ingredient.