One short blog post cannot even touch the surface of the complexities that is Ayurveda (ah-yer-vey-duh). However, it will begin to, at least lay the foundation to the wonderful “life science” (ayur- life, veda- science) that this ancient healing medicine is. Ayurvedic medicine is 5,000 years old and comes from the ancient India text called the “Vedas” (Chopra Center). The roots of eastern medicine come from Ayurveda.
According to the Chopra Institute:
“More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life. It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vital while realizing their full human potential. Providing guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, behavior and the proper use of our senses, Ayurveda reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit.” Read this article here.
Ayurveda considers the human body unique for each person and a mixture of three different doshas “energies” called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Click here to take the quiz and determine which ones you are.
Then you determine a lifestyle based on your dominant doshas. From there, Ayurveda guides you to the foods you should eat on a seasonal basis. There are also other self love approaches that don’t deal with food but rather what we put on our body and the stress of our daily lives (both of which affect our health tremendously).
Therefore, Ayurveda is a life science, a lifestyle approach that fosters a healthy, happy life throughout your years here on planet earth.
My posts will have some recipes and disciplines stemming from Ayurveda with a mix of my own ideas, too. Feel free to take what you want.
Here’s to a happy and healthy you.