What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an ancient type of healing system and traditional medicine that has been used in India for thousands of years (5,000 years). It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a dedicated balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Each of the components must be in state of harmony – neither too strong nor too weak – for the body to remain healthy.
Ayurveda further emphasizes good health and prevention treatment of illness through lifestyle practices (e.g., yoga, meditation, massage, and dietary change) and the use of herbal remedies.
In Ayurveda medicine, optimal health and even one’s spiritual growth starts with prevention. Prevention is based on a balance lifestyle that is in harmony with the cycle of nature.
Ayurveda is a Vedic Science. Another Vedic Science, often called Ayurveda’s sister science, is Yoga. All Vedic science are primarily teaching for the development of full human physical, mental and spiritual potential.
Ayurveda’s base of knowledge was recorded in a large body of Sanskrit literature that originated in India, called the Vedas. The Vedas are considered to be the oldest written recordings that describe, often in metaphors, ancient principles, practices and spirituality
The Meaning of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is a science of life – the word Ayurveda origins from two separate Sanskrit words (Ayur-Life, Veda = science or knowledge).
Ayurvedic medicine is holistic, which means viewing the body and mind as a whole – Ayurveda treats not only the physical body, but also changes lifestyle practices to help maintain or improve health.
The two main guiding principles of Ayurveda:
1. The mind and the body are connected
2. Nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind,
According to Ayurveda, the five elements of nature (Space, Air, fire, Water, and Earth) combine in the body as three components known as Dosha (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha). The three doshas relate closely to the element of nature and to specific functions of the body. For an optimal health, it essential that all the doshas are balanced.
*Doshas will be further discuss tomorrow*
Ayurveda and yoga:
Ayurveda is often refer to as the sister science to yoga, as such if yoga is the path to achieving wellness and enlightenment, then Ayurveda is the system that supports a healthy body and mind for yoga’s practices.
Both practices come from the same philosophy, however Ayurveda focuses mainly on the goal of dharma (living the right way), while yoga focuses on the goal of moksha (enlightenment). Both are practical system with a holistic perspective - persons are seen as being with a unified body, mind and consciousness.