What is Ayurveda?
It’s a science.
It’s a practice.
It’s a lifestyle. Ayurveda was birthed in India 🇮🇳 some 5000 years ago and likely prior to as it was an oral tradition before written.
The Sanskrit word translates as “the knowledge of longevity”. Ayus means “life” and Veda is “knowledge”.
It is the practice of optimal health and wellbeing, often referred to as the sister science of Yoga.
It is older than Chinese Medicine and similarly references Nature, Seasons, Food, Herbs and Wellness practices as a means for optimal health and thriving.
Ayurvedas foundational focus is on prevention through proper digestion, elimination, and rejuvenation. This leads to optimal balance physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
The core lifestyle practices of Ayurveda include Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation, personalization of diet, herbal supplementing, seasonal cleansing, massage and the daily practices referred to as Dinacharya. These practices attune and align us with our internal nature and the external natural world.
Central focus to the practice of Ayurveda are the five elements of ether, air, fire, water and earth found in Nature.
We all inherently possess these elements in specific portions that fluctuate depending on a variety of influences including diet, weather, season, time of life, daily practices and mindset.
The personalized make up of elements are referred to as Dosha. This essentially means “that which vitiates” or spoils. I will share more on this downstream in specific blog post related to the three different Doshas.
Everything in the material world that exist is made of the interaction between these five elements, including our bodies and the food we eat that makes up our cells, tissues, bones and being.
This is why nutrition, digestion and elimination are the cornerstone to the science, and strongly focus on local seasonal foods that prevent, cleanse, nourish, balance and heal.
One of the things that I love most about this Science, Practice, and Lifestyle is that it is highly personal and depends on who’s doing the doing, when, where and how.
Hope you gives you a brief thumb sketch of Ayurveda. You can look forward to future posts on the Dosha, Dinacharya, Seasonal cleansing and my love affair with this transformational practice!
“When diet is wrong, medicine is if no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.”