Ayur = Life, Veda = Knowledge
Ayurveda is science of life, a way of living and being in harmony with ones internal and external environment. It is a holistic system of healing that dates back to India over 5000 years ago. It’s roots stem from the ancient Vedic culture and was taught for many thousands of years in an oral tradition from accomplished masters to their disciples.
The Rishis saw that in the beginning, the world existed in an unmanifested state of consciousness. From that state the subtle vibration of Aum manifested. From this sound the five basic elements were produced; Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Ayurveda believes that every individual is a unique phenomenon, a manifestation of the cosmic consciousness. According to Ayurveda, health is a perfect balance among the three fundamental energies or doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) and equally a a balance in mind, body and Spirit. Ayurveda addresses the human being as whole and looks at them at this point in time as an individual. It acknowledges that the human being is much more than a body but also that the body, mind, emotions and soul are all interconnected. This ancient wisdom provides ways to balance these through lifestyle, daily routine, diet, yoga, pranayama, meditation, medicinal herbs and detoxification practices according to one’s constitution and current state.
Ayurveda is a personalized approach that recognizes that everybody has a unique mind-body constitution. There is no ‘one size fits all’ prescription. Knowing and learning about your individual constitution will help you make optimal choices about your lifestyle and nurture your own inner intelligence. The purpose of practicing Ayurveda is to achieve longevity, healing, rejuvenation and self-realization.
ANCIENT WISDOM for MODERN TIMES
For those of us living in a concrete jungle it can be such a challenge to be in touch with our true nature because we are so far removed from it. We live in faster, more work driven, “doing more” culture. We cheat ourselves by thinking that being able to multitask means we are successful but in reality we cannot do one thing well. We bombard our senses with constant information from our phones, obsessively checking texts, emails and social media. There is no surprise why our anxiety levels and our ability to focus have gotten worse. How can one be in a state of balance when we are bombarded by all the senses? We must be slow down, focus on one thing at a time, relax, and live in harmony with the environment. Look to nature, it refuses to be rushed.
There can be many internal and external factors that lead to an imbalanced state. The food we eat, work, relationships, emotional stress, environment and change of season can all have an effect on us. From an Ayurvedic perspective our health in not only determined by what we eat but our ability to digest, absorb and assimilate those foods. It is the absorption and assimilation of nutrients that help to nourish our bodily tissues; Lymph (Rasa), blood (Rakta), Muscle (Mamsa), Fat (Meda), Bone (Ashti), Nerves (Majja), Reproductive tissue (Shukra/Artava). It takes 35 days before food increases your general strength and resilience. This means that the food you ate one month ago is still affecting your body today. Ojas means strength and vigor. It is the final and most refined by-product of digestion, and it supports and maintains your overall health. As the bees collect honey from fruits and flowers, so does the body collect Ojas by the food, lifestyle and habits of a human being