Ayurveda (eye - yur - vay' - dah) is derived from two Sanskrit words: AYUR meaning “life” and VEDA meaning “knowledge.”
Translated as “The Science of Life,” Ayurveda was discovered 5000 years ago by ancient prophets from India. The guiding principle of Ayurveda is based on the natural balance between the mind, body, and spirit. When in balance, a state of wellness and wellbeing is reflected.
According to Ayurveda, all physiological functions are governed by three doshas (energies) called vata, pitta and kapha. Each person has a unique combination of these doshas in their constitutional makeup. The imbalance of doshas manifests as an unhealthy and distressed body and mind.
Ayurveda is the traditional medical and spiritual system of India and is perhaps the most ancient holistic system of living a healthy life. The basic principles of Ayurveda are universal, so Ayurveda can be used beneficially in any culture. These principles are as valid in our present era as they were in ancient times. As a holistic healing system, Ayurveda is becoming popular with western society because it deals with the body, mind, senses and spirit through simple changes in diet, lifestyle, behavior, and spiritual thinking.
Ayurvedic therapy is used for achieving balance in body and mind:
- During a personalized consultation, the client’s unique Ayurvedic constitution (Prakrirti) is evaluated and imbalances in the three biological forces (Doshas) are determined. A thorough education in the principles of Ayurvedic science is then explained to the client, which emphasizes how to heal yourself and how to practice a healthy lifestyle.
- A thorough discussion of the client’s past and present concerns then takes place.
- The ancient art of Ayurvedic pulse analysis is used to detect causes of any deep-rooted imbalances in the client’s physiology. This process also determines the client’s body type.
- Individualized guidance according to the client’s constitution is then offered. Change in diet and lifestyle is often recommended to each individual client through Ayurvedic guidance and education.
- Other therapeutic treatments, such as herbal food supplements, breathing techniques, chakra balancing (energy work), meditation, yoga, Marma point massage, and Shirodhara are usually recommended to compliment the dietary and lifestyle changes.