“The Knowledge of Life”
a y u r v e d a .
It’s a word that you may or may not have heard before. It’s beginning to make its way into luxury massage spa’s, yoga studios and on the labels of natural beauty products.
It’s even popping up in articles and social media thanks to wellness trends like “turmeric” and “ashwagandha” .
But for most people, the question still remains:
What is Ayurveda exactly?
Ayurveda is a 2-part sanskrit word:
Ayu = meaning ‘life’ and
Veda = meaning ‘knowledge’ or ‘science’.
So it literally translates as ‘the knowledge of life’.
And that is exactly what we can expect from Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is a deeply rooted body of wisdom from the Vedas which teaches us powerful principles about how to live in a way that can prevent disease and cultivate harmonious, balanced health ( or “Swasthya”) by living harmoniously with nature.
Ayurveda is the world's oldest health system, originating in ancient India around 5000 years ago.
It’s a complete science of holistic health and natural, energetic medicine.
In fact it is the oldest system of medicine known which has influenced many medical systems since; including Chinese (TCM) & Western.
But Ayurveda is not just medicine or just skin care.
It’s actually a complete way of life, which provides us with the tools to achieve true balance of the whole individual including the mind, physical body and our unique spirit.
Think of Ayurveda as a road map or manual which covers all aspects of life: from the basics of how to take care of our bodies through self-care practises, to how we feed our minds and nurture our spirits.
At its core, Ayurveda offers a deep understanding of the mind-body connection.
Ayurveda awakens our inner healer guiding us toward a harmonious and uplifting life of balance & true wellbeing.
Ayurveda teaches how to live this life in line with nature.
In Ayurveda, health does not come in the form of a pill or prescription, but rather in a balanced lifestyle according to who we are as individuals!
There is no "one size fits all" in Ayurveda
You are unique and so is your path to health & wellness.
Providing the best practices such as nutrition, herbs, self-care, lifestyle, exercise, Breath-work, mantras, and meditation, all tailored to our own unique mind-body type (constitution.)
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.
the “three doshas” or mind-body types
THE THREE DOSHAS or MIND BODY TYPES
Ayurveda teaches that we are intrinsically connected to the world around us, made up of the same five elements (air, space, fire, water, and earth) as everything else in the universe.
From the five elements (space, air, fire, water, earth), the three energies "doshas" are derived
– Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
VATA - air and ether or "WIND”
PITTA - fire and water
KAPHA - water and earth
Known as the three mind-body types, the doshas express particular patterns of energy – unique blends of physical, emotional and mental characteristics .
We are born with a unique combination, a specific ratio of the three “doshas”
which shapes our specific individual characteristics such as; body structure, metabolism, emotions and even predisposition to certain health problems.
We generally have a predominance of one dosha, which will show up the most as well as a secondary dosha, in a lesser degree.
For example - Someone may find they are mostly a “Vata” type with some “Pitta” to a lesser degree.
Ayurveda teaches us that we often go out of balance when our dominant dosha increases or decreases in our system.
However when one or more dosha is out of balance due to wrong diet and lifestyle choices, it gives rise to various health conditions.
This create an imbalance in the body/mind, which then creates an environment for symptoms of illness and disease to flourish.
Our current state is called Vikruti and through the practice of Ayurveda and Yoga, we strive to maintain a balance as close to our Prakruti as possible.
Ayurveda can bring the dosha back into balance through diet, lifestyle, herbs and body therapies.
HOW CAN AYURVEDA HELP YOU?
Using natural, holistic interventions and practices such as;
nutrition, herbs, self-care, lifestyle, exercise, breath-work, mantras, and meditation,
Ayurveda can help prevent, treat and manage acute and chronic health conditions without harmful side-effects to restore the dynamic state of balance within.
Some common conditions Ayurveda can address are:
Stress and fatigue Compromised immune system
Gastro-intestinal problems (IBS, constipation, indigestion, anorexia, etc)
Headache/Migraine Skin Conditions Respiratory Conditions
all tailored to our own unique constitution.
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