WHAT IS AYURVEDA?
The sister science to yoga, Ayurveda (or Indian medicine) is a system of health & wellness developed in ancient India over 5,000 years ago. At the core, it believes that we find a state of balance and wellbeing by serving our body’s unique & specific needs rather than following one-size-fits all philosophies. It promotes health & wellness by showing us how to customize our diet, sleep cycles, workouts, skincare regimen, supplement intake and overall lifestyle to our individual Mind & Body Type.
Ayurveda teaches basic tools for creating balance in the hopes of avoiding the development of acute conditions that can only be remedied (if at all) with strong, sledge hammer approaches. Ayurveda teaches each person how to create their own health through connection to nature and connecting to their own body.
Derived from two words in Sanskrit, Ayu (life) + veda (knowledge), Ayurveda translates in the ”knowledge of life.”
Ayurveda is the ancient art of nourishing your body, mind and spirit in connection with nature. It values the power in herbs, mindfulness, and intuitive living based on nature, teaching people how to plug in to the rhythms and cycles of nature for achieving balance.
At its roots, it is a holistic tradition and way of living that emphasizes the unshakable mind-body connection and helps each of us claim and celebrate our capacity for wellness and self-healing. Ayurveda is not simply about taking an herbal formula and waiting for the results. Instead, it is interactive and do-it-yourself… encouraging us to be an active participant in our own wellness by teaching us how to maintain balance, prevent from getting sick and heal ourselves, when we’re off balance. This involves learning about our own mind-body type (take the Mind-Body Type Quiz here), and becoming astute at listening to what our bodies tell us – via subtle signals or overt pains – so we can answer to its needs and achieve our optimal state of wellness.
In Ayurveda, food and lifestyle routines are considered the most important medicine. According to its ancient wisdom, digestion lives at the corned stone of our health.
Poor digestion can lead to imbalances, low energy, gas, a heavy feeling and a buildup of digestive impurities that impact the quality of our blood – ultimately, the health of our organs and our overall longevity potential. So eating well & joyfully is paramount. If you come to an Ayurvedic doctor with a complaint, you are more likely to leave with are recipe & lifestyle recommendation than with a prescription for pills.
In India, Nepal, and other parts of the East, Ayurveda is considered serious medicine – with schooling that is on par with a Western medical degree. But unlike Western medicine, a basic evaluation goes beyond a physical exam. An Ayurvedic doctor will take your pulse, check your tongue, and assess your appearance (among other factors), and then ask you a series of questions about how you handle and respond to various everyday scenarios. Today, it is practiced all over the world, being appreciated for the numerous health benefits it has to offer.