What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda and Yoga are sister sciences and belong to the world’s oldest and most well documented healthcare system. Ayurveda, the science (Veda) of life (Ayur), balances the body using natural therapies and herbal medicines and balances the mind. Yoga, the science of mind brings balance and purity to the body. The two complement each other and together act to achieve harmony of the Body, Mind and Spirit – which is the essence of true health.
Knowledge of Ayurveda in today’s world is essential as it is aimed at the preservation of health and prevention of disease by establishing balance and harmony through nutrition, herbs, meditation, and daily routines. Ayurvedic science provides knowledge to unfold the reality beyond the physical body and achieve harmony of Body, Mind and Spirit. The World Health Organization recognizes Ayurveda as a complete natural health care system.
Modern society is now on an earnest search for balance from the fallout of industry, technology, population growth and quick fixes. The natural, pleasurable Ayurvedic approach to health and well-being offers us a simple but powerful regime to stay in alignment with our selves, our source and our world. There are huge benefits for the individual who seriously studies this wisdom. The life style changes that come about with study and practice will enhance vitality of the mind, body and soul and add insight into the lives of others.
How can you bring Ayurveda into your life?
It is helpful to determine your constitution (prakruti) and current state (vikruti). To determine your constitution it is useful to consult with a professional ayurvedic practitioner. They will access your prakruti and vikruti by reading your pulse, observing your tongue, and doing a personal intake.
Once your present state is identified and any imbalance is accessed, (don't worry) we are all in a constant state of imbalance, and continually working back toward balance this is the ebb and flow of life. By knowing your state we will work together with personalized recommendations. Recommendations may include: massage, dietary adjustments, daily practices (dinacharya), herbal formulas and supplements, yoga asana, meditations, and breathwork (pranayama).
Description of Treatments with Ayurveda
Treatment depends on your unique constitution/prakriti, your primary dosha, and the balance between all three of them. The way to determine your constitution is by having a consultation with a certified ayurveda provider.
A main goal of Ayurvedic medicine is to cleanse your body of undigested food called ama, which can stick to the inside of your body and make imbalance. One particular cleansing process is called panchakarma. It is used to reduce any symptoms and reestablish harmony and balance.
Panchakarma may include: