Ayur means “life”
Veda means “knowledge”
The sanskrit word Ayurveda translates to
The Science or Knowledge of Life.
To be of service to the world, we need to take care of The Self. Self care helps to optimize our health, prevent disease, and create longevity in life.
Ayurvedic Medicine is a medical science that originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It is a holistic (whole-body) healing system that takes the whole person into account. Basing it’s belief that health comes from the delicate balance between mind, body, and spirit, Ayurveda approaches health and well being from a stance of integrating the whole being. Physical. Mental. Emotional. & Spiritual aspects of a person.
This ancient tradition works with diet, herbal formulas, lifestyle, daily routine, stress prevention, sound/aroma/color therapy, and body oil treatments to support a person in their unique constitutional and genetic makeup. Ayurveda helps individuals to achieve good health through rejuvenation and self-realization.
Ayurvedic Medicine also works to understand the deeper cause of disease and simple symptoms that can arise on a daily basis such as; constipation, loose stools, skin rashes, inflammation, congestion, headaches, anxiety, nervousness, anger, and depression.
This holistic approach to health becomes a powerful tool to prevent illness and disease and creates longevity in a person’s life.
Instead of masking these symptoms with medications, injections, and creams; Ayurveda asks WHY? Why is this occurring in the first place? How can we understand it from both a physical and energetic place? How can we support this person in their overall lifestyle and better their health through what they eat, what they do, and what they direct their energy to.
Ayurveda provides basic practices for bettering our health and energy. Working with Ayurveda brings us back to the fundamental principles of everyday living.
Sound. Touch. Sight. Taste. Smell.
We experience the world through our five senses.
Ayurveda recognizes that all things organic and inorganic are comprised of 5 basic elements that in turn influence and affect how we experience through our 5 senses.
Space. Air. Fire. Water. Earth.
These elements have a direct effect on how we digest our experiences through our 5 senses. These are the fundamental building blocks of nature and the way that we experience the world around us.
Better understanding the 5 elements and their primal energies of how they comprise the world around us, play out in our lives, and govern our minds and bodies allows us to return the power of our energies back into our own hands. By empowering ourselves through our own strength, knowledge, wisdom and the innate intelligence of the body, we open ourselves back up to our full potential.
These elements assist us into living a more enriched and energized life. We start to observe and see how these elements play out in our physiology, psychology, and the natural environment around us through the choices we make to create a healthier lifestyle.
The Doshas are three energetic bodies which make up a person's unique constitution. These doshas, called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are each comprised of 2 of the 5 elements. The doshas are energies which can directly influence or inhibit different qualities in an individual from the mind to the body. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha govern the responses, bodily functions, and personality characteristics of an individual from either a balanced or imbalanced state.
VATA: AIR & ETHER
When Vata is at play and in balance a person is enthusiastic, inspired, dynamic, cheerful, happy, charismatic, easy going, playful, and adaptable.
Excess Vata in the mind and body creates worry, anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, dryness, a variable appetite, weight loss, gas, constipation, and even feeling cold.
PITTA: FIRE & A LITTLE WATER
When Pitta is at play and in balance a person is energized, bright, quick witted, sharp intellectually, determined, motivated, vibrant, and rich with ideas.
Excess Pitta creates jealousy, envy, agitation, a critical mind, short temper, consumed by perfectionism, acid indigestion, skin irritation, acne, loose stools, and feeling hot.
KAPHA: EARTH & WATER
When Kapha is at play and in balance a person is compassionate, understanding, forgiving, steady, and supportive of others.
Excess Kapha creates depression, lack of motivation, foggy or stubborn thinking, feeling possessive, sluggishness, congestion, weight gain, large stool, and even water retention.
It is important to balance the natural elements of the world and become an active participant in your health and healing.
AYURVEDA FROM THE INSIDE OUT
The Sanskrit word santosha offers an alternate way to move through the world. It is a shift of focus from seeking contentment from the outside-in and instead allows us to find contentment from the inside-out. It is a paradigm shift that comes when we view all events as opportunities to grow, to encounter own magnificence. When we view things in this light, there are no good or bad events, only moments in which to shine.