Ayurveda, pronounced as eye-yur-Veda, is science of conscious living that originated in India about 5000 years ago. It has been practiced unbroken for years, handed down from teacher to student. Ayurveda teaches us a lifestyle that when lived, prevents disease and optimizes health and well-being. Ayurveda is a one stop station for mind, body and soul care. Unfortunately, during the British rule, this holistic healing system was actively discouraged, but was still practiced in private homes. Since that time, science of life have slowly been recovering. And, now this wisdom is been spreading worldwide and being practiced consciously.
In Sanskrit: ayur means "life/longevity" and veda, means "knowledge/science". Hence, we must acquire the science of life to achieve balance in life. This ancient yet timeless knowledge gives us the means of attaining and maintaining our own optimal health, well-being and longevity of life. Its benefits have been proven over centuries of use, and its methodologies are as applicable today in the West as they were thousands of years ago in India.
Ayurveda combines science with psychology, spirituality, and philosophy. Achieving the mind-body balance isn't as easy as it sounds. However, Ayurveda offers specific guidelines, practices and remedies to achieve this balance. Ayurveda explains the cause of diseases; symptoms of imbalances; the unique mind-body types; and ways to achieve mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.
There is no "one-size-fits-all" approach in wellness and healing according to this ancient knowledge. Ayurveda recognizes the uniqueness of every individuals and offers a customized approach to wellness. In simple words, health is achieved when you are aligned with your own natural and unique state of balance.
Ayurveda is not merely a healthy and natural way of living, but of developing one's highest potential in life. Ayurveda begins with right life-style, including daily and seasonal health regimens, designed for each individual based on their nature, constitution, environment and life-circumstances.
An Ayurvedic life-style consist of Yoga or conscious living, and a yogic life-style. Ayurveda suggests living in harmony with nature and with one's own nature.
Ayurveda also includes, its five detoxification methods (Panchakarma). Panchakarma is a monitored treatment over an extended period of time for any diagnosis. These are also specific to Dosha. These treatments are safer, and more effective.
A new integration of Ayurvedic life-style must consider both the traditional and modern bases and applications. An integral mind-body approach is must. The integration of Ayurveda can revitalize the Vedic teachings and help humanity enter the new era of healing.
Ayurveda can help us heal ourselves and our world, nature, mind, and spirit.