What is Ayurveda?
The word Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that evolves from a combination of two words, “Ayu” meaning life and “veda” meaning knowledge.
Ayurveda, the ‘Science of Life’’ is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. The primary focus of Ayurveda is to promote good health, rather than fight disease. The composite term Ayurveda therefore means not just “knowledge of life”, but embodies an aspiration to live one’s life in the best-possible state, physically, mentally and emotionally.
One of the underlying principles is the idea that we are capable of taking charge of our own health, and that when we apply the art of healthy living it enables us to create harmony in our everyday life. An unhealthy and unbalanced life-style or changes in the person’s circumstances cause a shift in the natural balance.
This disturbance of the equilibrium is seen in Ayurvedic teachings as the cause of disease. Ayurveda teaches that the human body has its own natural healing intelligence and is capable of rejuvenating itself by cultivating a proper diet, daily routine and healthy lifestyle. When one’s own uniqueness is discovered, health may be achieved and maintained through herbal remedies, massage, purification therapies, yoga and spiritual practices which restore the balance of the whole being.
The Ayurvedic way of life embraces the concept that we can listen to and address the unique needs of our body, mind and spirit and it all starts with knowing ourselves. Keeping ourselves healthy and prevention of disease are the main goals of Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a holistic approach that considers the entirety of the being to create a harmonious way of life that is natural and free of harmful side effects.
Ayurveda’s ultimate aim is to awaken the body’s own natural healing energy, to help restore vitality and prevent disease.