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we get those a lot.

We understand that for those new to mind-body wellness, the terminology can be confusing; almost like another language. In our FAQ section, we break Yinsa, ayurveda and yoga down for you in simple terms. We've also included the most common questions we get about our skincare line.

The earth element is one of the five ayurvedic elements that can be combined to create a person's individual dosha profile comprised of three primary doshas: Vata Dosha, Pitta Dosha, Kapha Dosha.

+ Wtf is ayurveda?

Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine that is individualized. Ayurvedic practitioners recognize that people have individual needs - there is no one-size-fits-all approach to exercise, diet, or skin care. Ayurveda is based on an individual’s constitution, or dosha, and that dosha determines what self-care practices are right for each individual.

+ What are doshas?

"Doshas" in ayurvedic medicine refer to your unique physical and mental constitution, which influence your personal well-being. There are three doshas: Vata Dosha, Pitta Dosha, and Kapha Dosha, each of which represents a combination of the five ayurvedic elements of earth, fire, air, water and ether. Everyone has a unique dosha, which can be made up of a combination of two or three of these elemental forces. Knowing your dosha can help you maintain balance through seasonal changes for lasting health and peace of mind. Want to know your dosha? Take the Yinsa Dosha Quiz!

+ What is Yinsa?

Yinsa is a lifestyle that helps to prevent and/or manage dosha imbalances. It combines daily routines, including meditation and yoga, with skincare and dietary guidelines that help those of us living a yang life maintain homeostasis and balance in the body through the practice of an ayurvedic lifestyle.

+ How do I figure out what my dosha is?

Easy! Take the Yinsa dosha quiz. It's a fun, fast way to find out what your dosha is.

+ What if I don’t agree with my quiz results?

Remember that a dosha is determined at birth. It’s possible that your current lifestyle has altered your original constitution in some way; Think about the ways you naturally try to balance out the imbalances in your body. Though your quiz results may not represent your current constitution, chances are it is an accurate representation of the dosha you were born with. If you are worried that your quiz results may not be correct, you can always email Daniele with any specific questions you have. She may ask to see a picture or for additional information, which might help her pick the perfect products for you.

+ Will you sponsor my event?

Absolutely! Yinsa sponsors a few events a year. Please contact Daniele to discuss details and availability.

+ How do I know what products and services are right for me?

For choosing skincare products, we recommend taking the Yinsa dosha quiz to first learn your dosha, and then choosing products designed to complement your dosha. Yinsa services, on the other hand, are great for everyone of any age and experience level looking to create an inspired life filled with balance, joy, and positive vibes.

+ Where can I find you teaching?

Daniele regularly hosts Yinsa classes and workshops in the NYC metro area. See our calendar to browse upcoming events!

+ Where do you get your essential oils?

Yinsa skincare is made using high-quality, pure essential oils from Enfleurage and Lavender Bay Farm. We are continuing to search for high-quality, locally sourced oils, and are interested in collaborating with local farmers and oil distilleries whenever possible.

+ How is ayurvedic skincare different from other types of skincare?

Ayurvedic skincare is specifically created with an individual’s dosha in mind. The skincare needs of those with a Pitta imbalance, for example, are very different from those with a Vata imbalance. There is no such thing as one product that works best for everyone, but tridoshic products are designed to avoid any doshic imbalances.

+ What happens if I don’t like the products I buy?

Products are eligible for exchange only within 7 days of purchase. Because Yinsa products are handmade, we do not provide refunds on any products.

+ What if I need to cancel a service/appointment?

Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled appointment. Cancellations within 48 hours of your appointment will result in forfeiture of all appointment costs.

+ What is the shelf life of your products?

All Yinsa products have a shelf life of 9 months, and most products containing liquid should be refrigerated to preserve freshness since our products are handmade without preservatives. Powdered cleansers and soaps do not need to be refrigerated

+ Where are your products made?

All Yinsa products are currently handmade locally by Yinsa founder Daniele Gates in Brooklyn, New York.