Ayurveda means “the science of life,” and is the healing science from India which has been practiced for over 5000 years. Ayurveda views health and disease as the end result of how we interact with the world in terms of our diet, lifestyle, beliefs, perceptions, thoughts, and feelings, and it’s goal is to assist the body in journeying back to optimal health. Using many modalities of healing, Ayurveda allows us to find the best way to live a life of balance on all levels of mind, body, and spirit.
Based on the fundamental elements of earth, water, fire, air, and ether, Ayurveda uses three constitutional makeups, called doshas, to describe a person’s current and ideal health. They are Pitta (fire + water), Vata (ether + air), and Kapha (earth + water). By understanding the qualities of each dosha, specific foods, herbs, yoga postures, lifestyle practices, etc can be chosen to help the individual live more in line with their optimal, most healthy, self.
In the greater scheme of healthcare where going to a doctor yields you a disease diagnosis and prescription for medication to alleviate symptoms, Ayurveda aims to bring change to the root cause of why the disease happened in the first place. We learn about your life, your history, your habits, and investigate how your body has gone out of its healthiest balance. Then we use food, herbs, and spices as medicine, we use yoga, exercise, sleep, routines, aromatherapy, sound therapy, body therapy, and more to regulate the rhythms of your body, and thus support the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
Think of how your body reacts when you get a papercut. You bleed, and then it stops, and in not much time at all the body has sealed up that wound, regenerated tissue, and your finger is as good as new. The body has that capability on a much, much, larger scale. When harmful toxins get into your system, your body has mechanisms for flushing them out. But these mechanisms become less functional over time when we’re not living a healthy lifestyle. Ayurveda aims to help each individual get back to the place where the body can function at its best.
One of the fundamental principles of Ayurveda is that nothing is right for everyone and everything is right for someone. Ayurveda will help you discover what’s right for YOU.