Ayurveda is the traditional system of medicine which originated from India over 5000 years ago.
Ayurveda is a health model that provides the knowledge of how to live your life in harmony with the world around you.
Translated as “the science or wisdom of life” – “Ayur” means life and “Veda” means knowledge.
Ayurveda provides a holistic approach to create balance on all levels of body, mind and energy/spirit which translates into a healthy body, mind and fulfilled life.
Balance and health in the bodymind is connected to how you live in the world – through your beliefs, thoughts, and feelings which lead to your actions. When your actions and habits are in harmony with your inner core self and the rhythms of nature, health and balance is enjoyed. When out of harmony with your inner self and the outer world, dis-ease is created.
Ayurveda gives you the tools to understand yourself and your needs better.
And Ayurveda teaches you how to make choices in your daily living to support greater health and harmony.
Ayurveda uses a unique energetic model to help you connect yourself to your world.
Ayurveda views everything in the world and your body through the 5 elements (earth, water, fire, air and ether) and 3 primary life forces called the Doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha).
Each of the elements and the doshas have certain characteristics and energetics that not only allow you to recognize them, but also know what creates balance and imbalance within them.
Using this knowledge of the energetics of life, Ayurveda then has the ability to help you as an individual walk your unique path of balance and health.
The basic rule in Ayurevedic healing is that whatever you can do yourself to improve your own health is more effective in the long run than what another person can do for you.
It is in balancing the Doshas that the roots of the dis-ease are cut off and you can live in health and harmony.
And the fundamental treatment for the Doshas is not something clinical done by a practitioner but rather it is your own right living methods – in other words, the self-care you give yourself on a daily basis.
Ayurveda assists you in journeying back to optimal health by balancing the five elements in the bodymind through the use of:
- Care of the skin and sense organs
- Pranayama or breath techniques
- Mantra or sound therapy
- Professional Ayurveda body therapies
- Rejuvenative and detoxifying techniques
- Color and gem therapy
- Sleep hygeine
- Seasonal adjustments
- And other lifestyle changes.
Prakrti or Your Constitutional Bodytype
In Ayurveda, your core self or innate nature is called your constitution or prakrti and is your unique blend of the three doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
The ideal balance or prakrti for each individual is determined at conception, is made up of a ratio of the three doshas, and does not change in your lifetime.
This unique doshic expression is what makes you YOU – your physical characteristics, style of learning and approach to the world, and personality traits. The different individual dosha means that each individual has his or her own special set of gifts and challenges in life.
The unique nature of each individual is the reason no two re-balancing programs are identical – each person’s path to optimal health is unique.
Your constitution is a guide to understanding who you are at your core underneath life’s conditioning and a template for what optimal health is for you and how to prevent imbalance, illness, and disease.
Beyond the physical body, Ayurveda strives to help you live to your fullest potential including spiritually. Being the sister science to Yoga, both disciplines work to re-connect you to your true universal nature through direct life experience. Together, they provide a holistic approach to your total health – body, the mind, and the spirit.
Vikrti or Your Current State of Imbalance
The doshas also are the causative factors for dis-ease.
On a daily level, they fluctuate according to the factors in life – the foods you eat, activities, emotions, weather and climate.
Depending on what you are taking in – by choice or by happenstance – it can cause the doshas to increase to a place of imbalance.
As an Ayurveda Practitioner, I assess both your constitution and your state of imbalance and develop a plan to support your healthy return to your optimal alignment.