Ayurveda is a 5,000 year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India. Tibetan medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine are both believed to have their roots in Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It offers wisdom designed to help people stay vital while realizing their full human potential. Ayurveda reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration of the environment, body, mind, and spirit. This practice provides guidelines for ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, behavior and the proper use of the five senses.
Ayurveda describes three fundamental energies that govern inner and outer environments: movement, transformation, and structure. Known in Sanskrit as:
These primary forces are responsible for the characteristics of an individual’s mind and body. Each person has a unique proportion of these three forces that shapes our nature. According to Ayurveda, each individual inherits a unique mix of the three-mind/body principles, which creates specific mental and physical characteristics. These three principles are called Doshas.
Although each individual person has all three forces, most people have one or two elements that predominate. For each element, there is a balanced and imbalanced expression…
An important goal of Ayurveda is to identify a person’s ideal state of balance, determine where one is out of balance, and offer interventions using diet, herbs, aromatherapy, massage treatments, music, meditation and yoga. A daily Ayurvedic routine is the practice of self-care, and by creating time for self-care one is expressing self-love.