Ayurveda is an ancient form of holistic, or natural healing that encompasses the entire being. Ayurveda has it’s roots in the Middle Eastern Vedic culture, found in 1200 BCE in the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent. Traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine can both tract their origins back to Ayurveda. Even the earliest Greek medicinal practices can be traced back to the original, classic Ayurvedic writings of thousands of years ago.
Ayurveda goes far beyond simple medicinal cures for physical ailments. The name Ayurveda itself translates into “A science of life” (Ayur=life, Veda=knowledge, science). It encompasses an entire body of wisdom created and formulated not only to assist humans in remaining vital and healthy, but also to realize and achieve their full potential i every way possible.
Ayurveda outlines ideal living routines for daily and seasonal life, behavior, the full and correct use of ALL of the senses, proper diet, etc. The system is all about achieving dynamic convergence and integration of body, mind, spirit, and environment.
Ayurveda recognizes and honors the fact that we, as human human beings, are a part of nature itself. The practice speaks to a trio of fundamental energies which comprise and control our inner and outer environments: Pitta (Fire), Kapha (Earth), and Vata (Wind). These are the basic forces which come together to create the characteristics of our minds and bodies.
The holistic side of Ayurveda works to determine one’s optimum state of balance, to identify where balance needs to be restored, and to do so using diet, aromatherapy, herbs, massage techniques, meditation and music in whatever combination will benefit the inner and outer being. Everything is natural, and the energies of nature, the earth, and the mind and spirit are all harnessed and combined to restore and renew complete balance within our lives.