What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda can be defined as a system, which uses the inherent principles of nature, tohelp maintain health in a person by keeping the individual's body, mind and spirit in perfect equilibrium with nature. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term, made up of the words "ayus" and "veda." "Ayus" means life and "Veda" means knowledge or science. The term Ayurveda thus means, "The Science of LIfe";.
Widely regarded as the oldest form of healthcare in the world, Ayurveda is an intricate natural medical system that originated in India thousands of years ago. The fundamentals of Ayurveda can be found in Hindu scriptures called the Vedas — the ancient Indian books of wisdom. The Rig Veda, which was written over 6,000 years ago, contains a series of prescriptions that can help humans overcome various ailments.
Ayurveda is based on the premise that the universe is made up of five elements: air, fire, water, earth and ether. These elements are represented in humans by three "doshas", or energies: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. When any of the doshas accumulate in the body beyond the desirable limit, the body loses its balance.Every individual has a distinct balance, and our health and well-being depend on getting a right balance of the three doshas (tridoshas). Ayurveda suggests specific lifestyle and nutritional guidelines to help individuals reduce the excess dosha. Ayurveda believes that your highest potential is already within you. Its aim is to organically reveal your true self little by little allowing you to become the healthiest most vital YOU!.
Please note: Ayurveda uses primarily oils in its treatments in significant amounts. For Ayurvedic body treatments, wearing clothing that are comfortable and able to get a bit oily is recommended.
If you ask yourself “What is my Ayurvedic Constitution?” or “What dosha am I?”, a full Ayurvedic assessment may be right for you. After receiving a full assessment, you learn about your ayurvedic constitution, known as you Prakriti. The result is an understanding of nutritional habits, lifestyle, exercise and routines which help you attain or maintain a healthy balance.
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