what is ayurveda
Ayurveda is the science/knowledge of life and yoga's sister science. Rooted in ancient wisdom, yoga and ayurveda work holistically with the mind, body, and consciousness to restore homeostasis.
Ayurveda, which literally means the knowledge and wisdom of life, is the traditional healing system of India. Often called the mother of all healing, it originated in India over 5,000+ years ago.
Ayurveda is considered the healing side of Yoga. Likewise, Yoga is the spiritual side of Ayurveda. Both Ayurveda and Yoga strive to help a person reconnect to their true nature through direct experience. Together, they encompass a complete approach to the well-being of the body, the mind, and the spirit.
Ayurveda is a path of personal responsibility Our ability to respond. We continue to do the practices to become more aware.
Ayurveda views health and disease as the end result of how we interact with our environment. Harmonious interactions lead to health while dis- harmonious interactions lead to disease. Ayurveda is the science of devel- oping greater harmony with our environment through all of our senses.
According to Ayurveda, we create and recreate our state of health each day based upon how we interact with the world, in terms of our beliefs, perceptions, thoughts, and feelings, which then ultimately determine our actions. Actions in harmony with our inner nature create health, while those dis-harmonious with our inner nature create disease.
Your inner nature is called your constitution or Prakruti. This unique balance of energy was determined at the moment of conception and is with you the rest of your life. It determines what is in harmony with your nature and what will cause you to become out of balance, sick, and diseased. Knowledge of your constitution is essential to developing optimal health. Your constitution deter- mines how you react to various foods, colors, aromas, and general life habits.
Ayurveda will help you feel better about life and have greater energy and enthusiasm
Ayurveda is the traditional medicine of India and the oldest system of healthcare in the world. A system of both preventative and curative medicine, it has been practiced for at least 5,000 years and perhaps as long as 10,000 years.
Fundamental to Ayurveda is the understanding that each person is unique and as a result, each person’s path toward optimal health is unique. Ayurveda helps individuals to know what types of foods, sounds, smells, and other stimuli will create a state of balance and harmony in their unique body and mind. When the body and mind are in harmony, normal physiology is restored and healing takes place.
Ayurveda defines physiology in terms of three forces called doshas. The three doshas are vata, pitta and kapha. Vata governs the physiology of motion in the body. Pitta governs the physiology of metabolism. Kapha governs the physiology of structure. Each person has all three of these doshas within them. The balance of these three doshas at the moment of conception defines what Ayurveda calls one’s constitution, or “prakruti”. These doshas also fluctuate in accordance with how we live our lives and as they increase or decrease they cause different conditions in the body and mind. These imbalances are called “vikruti”. The goal of Ayurveda is to restore the proper balance of these physiological forces. This is accomplished by utilizing one’s senses properly and living a healthy lifestyle.
Herbal medicine also plays an important role in Ayurveda. In fact, Ayurveda is one of the most advanced herbal sciences in the world, utilizing different combinations of powerful medicinal plants depending on the unique constitution of the individual. Other tools often used by the Ayurvedic Practitioner include: Yoga, Meditation, Purification Programs (Panchakarma) and Lifestyle Counseling.
Start your journey to health
Rather than merely treating symptoms, Avurveda treats the whole person. This is what makes Ayurveda unique and especially helpful for managing challenging conditions.
Within the realm of Ayurvedic care, patients may experience lifestyle adjustments, yoga, exercise, meditation, Ayurvedic nutrition and herbs, all of which are personalized for your needs.
your care is individualized to match your specific health needs. Through an in-depth evaluation of your state of health, our practitioners develop an understanding of not only your imbalance or condition, but who you are as a unique individual and what defines your balanced state health. This helps to facilitate your progression back to health.
Depending on a patients needs and goals, you may choose to see an Ayurvedic Health Counselor specializing in preventative medicine
The language of understanding how the physiology of body is changed is the language of the three doshas. The foundational knowledge of the Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist is the knowledge of the 10 pairs of opposite qualities, five vayus, the doshas, the chakras and the nadi. Understanding how these energies and energy centers function is the key to the restoring balance to the physiological systems of the body and supporting the healing process.
what to expect
The first step on your path to optimal health and peace of mind begins with your Initial Consultation (up to 2 hrs in length). This consultation will include an intake and assessment followed by a report of findings visit (45-60 min. in length). The information that we collect, through the intake and assessment, is a variety of data points to help us understand the messages our body is trying to tell us through the symptoms we experience. From this experience, you can expect to gain a deeper understanding of the foundational principles of Ayurveda, a summary of your constitution and Vikruti (current state of imbalance), as well as initial recommendations to begin your healing journey.
A specially individualized health plan will be formulated just for you. This plan may include lifestyle recommendations, dietary suggestions, herbs, color therapy, sound therapy, aromatherapy, massage therapy, and other natural therapeutics. In order to successfully implement this health plan into your life, regular follow-up visits are recommended over a six-to-twelve month period. Follow-up visits are up to 60 minutes in length and provide an opportunity to check-in on your progress, adapt to any challenges, and to continue with additional recommendations.