Ayurveda, the ‘Science of Life’ is a rich and vast system that aims to create health in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an ancient holistic system that provides guidance regarding health and wellbeing, so that healthy people can stay healthy and those with health challenges can improve their situation. To achieve this, Ayurveda uses food, yoga, massage therapies, herbs, and diet and lifestyle routines that are specific to your personal constitution.
First recorded in the Vedas and practiced in daily life in India for over 5000 years, the origin of Ayurveda is attributed to the Atharva Veda where mention is made of several diseases with their treatments.
Later, from the 6th Century BC to 7th Century AD there was systematic development of the science in what was called the Samhita period, when a number of classical works were produced by several authors. During this period there is evidence of organized medical care.
Ayurveda comes from a philosophy of creation called Samkhya. This word Samkhya has its foundation in two Sanskrit words: Sat meaning ‘truth’ and khya meaning ‘to know’.
Samkhya is a philosophy that was perceived by the ancient rishi (seer) – Kapila, during intense periods of meditation and religious practice. It is used to explain the manifestation of nature. As the oldest school of Indian Philosophy and the one on which the others are founded, it is said to be the philosophical foundation for all Oriental culture – Buddhist and Hindu and to hold the key to Oriental symbolism.
At the heart of Ayurveda is balance and living in line with nature. Our wellness and happiness depend on living in balance with our environment and achieving a balance between opposing forces and energies.
Exploration of The Five Elements
There are 5 elements in nature that are represented in the body also. When the elements get out of balance is when dis-ease can happen.
Space: Light, all-pervasive, open, immeasurable, subtle, expansive, formless. It’s in our cells. We can’t see it but under the microscope we know it’s there.
Air: Movement, dry, rough, cold, erratic, light, subtle. It’s in our lungs and in the process of respiration.
Fire: Hot, spreading, liquefying, intense, sharp, transforming. It’s in our digestion and metabolism.
Water: Cool, heavy, liquid, flowing, formless, purifying, lubricates, nourishes, cohesive. It’s in our circulation and the glandular system.
Earth: Heavy, stable, nurturing, nourishing, structure, constant, reliable, grounded. It makes up our bones, muscles and tissues.
When we come to understand our dominant element also known as dosha in Ayurveda we can work with the force of nature rather than against it to renew energy, sleep better, manage stress & so much more.
If you would like to know how to find out your dosha & cultivate a diet & lifestyle to maximise your health based on your type then join us inside The Holistic Health Circle in November.
Our Higher Awareness session is Ayurveda and we are joined Ayurveda consultant Geny Caloisi from CheYoga .
Every month we hold soul centred workshops to help you expand your mind, elevate your health & enjoy your lifestyle.
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