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What is Ayurveda


Ayurveda is an ancient healing tradition that originated in India over 5,000 years ago and is still widely used in India today.

 

It is based on whole body health and the integration between mind, body and spirit, which has become more and more popularized in the West these days. Many people are realizing that taking care of our body as a whole is more important than focusing on individual parts or segregated sections of the human body. We are all interconnected with one another, and this is also very true of all the contents inside of us and of everything that happens within our bodies.

Ayurveda is a Holistic Lifestyle System for living a long, healthy and vibrant life.

It includes every aspect of how we live our life, and strives to encourage a clean life in moderation, living according to the rhythms of nature. Everything we do can be adapted to an Ayurvedic lifestyle, and the choices we make on a daily basis will affect whether we stay in balance or get out of balance. Our choices include how we handle everything we do in life and can include our diet, exercise, daily habits, detoxification methods, career choices as it relates to our mission in life, meditation and mindfulness, yoga and therapeutic use of oils, herbs and spices.

Ayurveda stems from a Vedic system of knowledge, with origins from Ancient “Rishis” or wise and holy men who received cosmic information through devout and spiritual practices.

Their goal was to uncover the root cause of diseases which would also reveal how to prevent them in the first place.

The Rishis wrote what is called the 4 Vedas:

  • “Vedas” – cosmic truths that were transcribed into written texts.
  • These texts were re-arranged, combined with other observations and then compiled into 3 Classical Text Books

One of the fundamental philosophies that came from these early texts is called Sankhya Philosophy, and is responsible for the theory of the 5 Elements and 3 Doshas that is central to our understanding of Ayurveda, and it is the place from which everything else flows.

Everything in the physical world is made up of these 5 basic building blocks of life. The entire universe is made up of different combinations these of 5 Elements:

Ether / Akash
Air / Vayu
Fire / Tejas
Water / Aap
Earth / Prithvi
The combination of elements that is found within our bodies is what determines a person's Dosha, or body constitution. Our Dosha tells us what imbalances and disturbances we will be more prone to, and serves as a guideline for us to follow throughout our lifetime. By understanding our Dosha, we understand which elements and qualities will provide balance to our body constitution, and which ones will throw us further into imbalance and therefore further away from health.

Once we understand our Dosha and how Ayurveda works, we can use this newfound knowledge about ourselves to make better choices about how we live our lives. We can create a lifestyle that honors the energy and elements we need most. This can be achieved through the food we eat, the oils we use topically and orally, how often we allow for regular massage and detoxification methods, and our overall lifestyle habits like mindfulness, meditation, clean living and honoring the cycles of nature, the seasons and each day that is upon us.