Ayurveda, literally translated as “The Science of Life”, originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda is an ancient natural science of health, healing and longevity. Ayurveda is the oldest healing science in existence, from which all other systems emerged. Today, you can see tell-tale signs of the teachings of Ayurveda present in our modern Western healing modes.
Ayurveda links the rhythms of the universal elements—earth, fire, air, water, and space—to individual constitutions or organizing principles called doshas. The three doshas are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Everything is made up of the five elements, so everything has a dosha: food, seasons, time of day, your life span, and even you.
Ayurveda views health as remembering our own true nature as Self, "svasthi". Svasthi occurs when our doshas are in balance for our constitution. Rather than only treating symptoms, Ayurveda observes each individual & treats the person, addressing the root-cause of an illness, which is the specific imbalance present in each individual. Ayurveda excels at using lifestyle, daily self-care and nutrition to enhance health and create balance and well-being.
Ayurveda & yoga have been sister sciences since the beginning in ancient India. The combination of Ayurveda & yoga allows for self-healing & self-realization.
How do we embrace the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda? Nourish our individual prakruti, or inherent mix of doshas. We want to be the best characteristics of our prakruti. We want to be our highest selves.