What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest forms of holistic medicine, originating in the Vedic culture of India thousands of years ago. The term “Ayurveda” combines the Sanskrit words “ayur,” meaning life and “veda,” meaning knowledge. The science behind the beautiful practice of yoga, ayurveda is a simple, holistic approach to prevent the onset of an illness, unlike modern medicine which focuses on “cure”. Ayurvedic medicine teaches the universal interconnectedness among people, their health, and the universe. The goal is to create balance between the mind, body, spirit, and our environment. Ayurveda reminds us that we do not live in silos, and in order to find inner and outer balance we need to live in harmony with nature.
Ayurveda describes the interaction of three essential energy complexes, known as the “Doshas” that govern our mind and body, creating a blueprint to support our health and vitality. These doshas are derived from 5 elements and are known as “Vata” (air/space) “Pitta” (fire/water) and “Kapha” (water/earth). Most people have one or two dominant doshas.