What is Ayurveda?

AYURVEDA is comprised of two words. Ayur means Life. Veda means Knowledge.

Ayurveda provides guidelines on how to live a healthy, balanced life and how to heal ourselves holistically and naturally. It is a traditional, holistic system of health science from India, which has been practiced for over 5,000 years. Ayurveda seeks to restore the natural balance and state of health to mind, body & soul through the use of diet, herbs, lifestyle changes, colors, aromas, crystals, yoga, and meditation, along with warm oil body therapies. You are unique, and Ayurveda takes an individual approach to enlivening the intelligence inherent in every cell of your body. The timeless principles of Ayurveda can help you to live a healthier life, in tune with yourself and Nature. Ayurveda has been found to significantly improve several chronic health conditions and counteract the effects of stress and aging.

Health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit. Ayurveda describes three energies which govern our inner and outer environments: movement, transformation, and structure. These energies are referred to as Doshas, and there are 3 of them: Vata (Wind), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha (Earth). Your essential nature is called your constitution (prakruti), and it is an individual blend of the three energies. Your unique balance of these three energies was determined at the moment of conception, and it is your ideal state of balance. It determines what is in harmony with your nature and what will cause you to become out of balance, sick, and diseased. Knowledge of your constitution is essential to developing optimal health. Your constitution determines how you react to various foods, colors, aromas, and general life habits. Your imbalance is called your vikruti, and it indicates which energies or doshas need balancing thru the different therapies. Ayurveda provides guidelines to re-establish our balance and move towards our essential constitution.

Ayurveda is considered the healing side of yoga. Likewise, yoga is the spiritual side of Ayurveda. Both Ayurveda and yoga do more than address disease, they help people stay vital and realize their full human potential. Prana, the vital life force in all living beings, is a component of both yoga and Ayurveda. Prana weaves together these two sister sciences. Together, they encompass a complete approach to the well being of the body, the mind, and the spirit