Ayurveda is a complete, holistic medical science that’s over 5,000 years old. In Sanskrit, “ayus” means life and “veda” is knowledge. Ayurveda is often described as the knowledge or study of life. Also known as, the “art of living.” It’s a system based on the universal laws of nature, which can be applied to any time period, culture, or geographic location.
Although the earliest records date back thousands of years, it is considered to be the oldest living-wisdom system that evolves and holds relevance throughout time.
The traditions of this centuries old Ayurvedic process has focussed on anti-aging and rejuvenation programmes to prevent disease and to maintain an optimum healthy state of the mind and body in unison and its very core is concentrated on this.
There are a variety of tools used in Ayurveda to assist the healing process. They include diet, herbal medicines, yogic practices, rejuvenation therapies, lifestyle regimes, and sense therapies (aromatherapy, body therapy, colour therapy, sound healing and so on). Each tool is set in place with the purpose of cultivating wholeness for the individual by creating harmony between our internal and external environments.
By observing the five great elements, Ether (Space/Akasha), Wind (Air/Vayu), Fire (Agni),Water (Jal), and Earth (Prithvi) we can learn how each element expresses itself within our own being and can determine if they are manifesting properly, badly, or too much.
Each of us is born with a certain ratio of each one of these elements that make up our constitution (referred to as dosha) or genetic make-up.
As our original state generally changes throughout our life, we provide a solution by applying the opposite qualities of the element that is out of balance. This is achieved by establishing one’s dosha (s) vata, pitta or kapha and is used to determine what kind of medicine and/or treatment is needed.
Through understanding the cycles of nature and our own true character, we are able to restore balance and maintain optimal health of the mind, body, and spirit. The primary goal of Ayurveda is self-healing by encouraging well-being and alleviating disease.