What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is the traditional natural healing system of India, dating back over 5,000 years.  A Sanskrit word, Ayurveda literally means “the science of life” (from the roots ayu: life and veda: science or knowledge). Ayurveda is the sister science of Yoga: it is the healing side of Yoga, while Yoga is the spiritual side of Ayurveda.

In the simplest terms, Ayurveda views health and disease as the end result of how we interact with our environment. Harmonious interactions lead to health, while dis-harmonious interactions lead to dis-ease.

Ayurveda is based on the theory that all of nature is created of five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and ether. The elements are in a unique balance in each individual (called your constitution). By understanding an individual’s constitution, we can determine where imbalances are occurring, and then apply the principles of Ayurveda to journey back to optimal health. We do this by bringing the elements back into balance through proper diet, proper lifestyle, Yoga, meditation, and body, sound, color, and aroma therapies.

Together, Yoga and Ayurveda provide a complete, holistic approach to physical well-being and emotional balance.

Please see the Services page to understand how an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner can apply Ayurveda in your life.