Ayurveda is a holistic science of health, focusing on maintaining a physically and emotionally balanced state. Ayurveda began about 5,000 years ago when Indian monks were looking for new ways to be healthy. Revering their bodies like temples, the monks believed that preserving their health would help them meditate and develop spirituality. Over thousands of years of observations, they gathered all their conclusions and advice and preserved it for future generations. This collection of knowledge came to be known as the “science or knowledge of life”.
Lets look at how Ayurveda is different from modern medicine.
In Ayurveda, every individual is unique and there is no diet or lifestyle routine that works for everyone. Prevention is key. Ayurveda focuses on providing specific advice and guidance on how to maintain physical and emotional health. Food and lifestyle routines are considered the most important medicine. If you come to an Ayurvedic doctor with a complaint, you are more likely to leave with a recipe than a prescription for pills.
More than just a mere system for treating illness, Ayurveda is a science. 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, behavior and the proper use of our senses, Ayurveda reminds us that health is the balanced between our environment, body, mind & spirit.
Over the weeks to follow we will be looking at this miraculous science as a tool to balance our own lives on a very holistic yet easy and tangible way!