WHAT IS AYURVEDA?
Ayurveda literally means "The Science of Life". In sanskrit "Ayur" means life and "Veda" means science.
The knowledge of Ayurveda has it's roots in India and is approximately 5000 years old. However, this science is still just as relevant today and can assist in all aspects of our life. Whether it's that feeling of anxiety, insomnia, weight gain, low immunity, asthma or arthritis. Ayurveda has the answer.
Ayurveda is a philosophy, as Yoga is, and the two are very closely aligned, often referred to as sister sciences. Yoga works primarily on the mind and Ayurveda primarily on the body.
Ayurveda recognises that everything in the universe is made up of 5 elements including ourselves. These are Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. In Ayurveda these are catergorised as Vata (Space and Air), Pitta (Fire and Water) and Kapha (Water and Earth). Each of us is born with a predominance of a number of these elements. This is known as our body type or Prakruti. Our lifestyle and diet and how we live day to day introduce more elements to our body that we can not avoid. This creates what is known as our current state of imbalance, our Vrikruti. The aim of Ayurveda is to return the balance of elements to the body in correct proportion for the individual.
Ayurveda is unique in that it identifies the root cause of an ailment. It does not focus on the symptoms, but on the root cause. The theory is that by removing the root cause the ailment will be resolved and not return. The approach to removing the root cause is always to restore the balance of the five elements within the body including digestion. This balance is different for each person and specific adjustments need to be made depending on the season, our occupation, lifestyle, diet and age.
Ayurveda works to attain true wellbeing, aligning the body, mind and soul.