Ayurveda is a 3000- 5000 year old time tested healing system of medicine that comes from the Vedic culture in India. The word Ayurveda literally means the ‘’Science of Life’’ but goes beyond just the science of it all. It is knowledge, wisdom, and art of longevity and prevention.
Over thousands of years principles of Ayurveda have been considered to be unchanging because they are based in nature. Building off the principles, Ayurveda has evolved time after time to meet our needs over the centuries.
While some of the knowledge has been recorded, it has been mainly passed down orally from teachers to students where they would work and study alongside each other for years. Nowadays in India, Ayurvedic doctors have to go through 6-8 years of studying to be qualified, as long as a regular western medicine degree. In the West, Ayurveda has been gaining popularity as a complementary practice to ‘’conventional medicine’’.
Unlike the mechanistic view of modern medicine, Ayurveda is a holistic system in every sense of the word targeting body, mind, and soul. Any one thing can affect everything: what happens to the soul can affect the mind and body, what happens to the mind can affect the body and the soul, and what happens to the body can affect the soul and the mind.
It includes everything from wholesome lifestyle, herbal medicine, psychology, therapeutic bodywork, biorhythms, spirituality, and even surgery to target the root cause of the disease.
Hence, Ayurveda looks at the disease as a journey from the root cause to fatality passing through clear stages that can be targeted with the right therapies and practices.
Yoga and Ayurveda have very similar goals. Yoga purifies and preps the body and mind for the union with God, the divine, oneness… While Ayurveda works on removing any obstacles physically, mentally, and spiritually that can hinder our progress in our worldly life. When a human life can be lived fully and vibrantly, a spiritual escalation just comes naturally as a consequence.
The beauty about Ayurveda is not just that it allows us to have a disease free body, but actually offers so many practical tips and advice on how to enjoy our human body in its fullest potential without having random uncomfortable symptoms.
How does Ayurveda works?
We are considered to be the embodiment of the entire universe! We are made of the same five elements as everything else: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space. This means that we are also influenced by the same energies that move the oceans, the moon, the wind, the planets, and the stars. If we choose to not flow with the divine rhythms of nature and drum to our own beat then we’re bound to go out of balance. It is not easy to swim against the tide!
At the moment of conception these elements come into a unique combination creating what we know as the Dosha or the Body Type. The Dosha, which literally means that is which is out of balance, determines our physical and psychological tendencies throughout our lives. It gives us a road map to help us understand the signs and the signals through which our body communicates to us that something is going wrong. When we understand the unique language of our body it is a lot easier to take action to reverse the discomfort and stay as close as possible to a true state of balance and harmony.
So many things affect our Dosha from the moment of conception, during pregnancy and throughout our lives: climate, food, air, altitude, age, movement, travel, exams, transitions, hours of the day and the list goes on. Once we understand our Dosha and understand how the above affects us in a unique way then we can take the necessary action to feel as balanced as we can from the inside out.
How can we stay in balance? Ayurveda provides us with a number of methods that can reverse the discomforts fully or alleviate them such as:
– Lifestyle adjustments
– Dietary changes
– Herbal supplements
– Pranayama (breathing techniques)
– Body work
– And much more…
Keep checking this space as we will be going more in depth with the principles of Ayurveda, provide practical tips in your day to day life, and create delicious Ayurvedic recipes that you can create at home.
Written by Rana.