Ayurveda is a health model that provides the knowledge of how to live your life in harmony with the world around you.
Ayurveda provides a holistic approach to create balance on all levels of body, mind and energy/spirit which translates into a healthy body, mind and fulfilled life. Balance and health in the body in connected to how you live in the world – through your beliefs, thoughts, and feelings which lead to your actions.
When your actions and habits are in harmony with your inner core self and the rhythms of nature, health and balance is enjoyed.
When out of harmony with your inner self and the outer world, disease is created. Ayurveda, then, assists in developing greater harmony with your environment through all of your senses.
Ayurveda uses a unique energetic model
The model looks at everything in the world and your body through the five elements (earth, water, fire, air and ether) and three primary life forces called the Doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha).
Each of the elements and the doshas have certain characteristics and energetics that not only allow you to recognize them, but also know what creates balance and imbalance within them.
It is in balancing the Doshas that the roots of the disease are cut off and you can live in health and harmony.
The basic rule in Ayurevedic healing is that whatever you can do yourself to improve your own health is more effective in the long run than what another person can do for you.
Using this knowledge of the energetics of life, Ayurveda then has the ability to help you as an individual walk your unique path of balance and health.
And the fundamental treatment for the Doshas is not something clinical done by a practitioner but rather it is your own right living methods – in other words, the self-care you give yourself on a daily basis.
Ayurveda assists you in journeying back to a more optimal state of health by balancing the five elements in the body and mind using a variety of tools including:
- using food as medicine
- body and sense therapies (home and professional offerings)
- pranayama or the conscious use of breath
- mantra or sound
- colors therapy
- lifestyle modifications
- cleansing and rejuvenative protocols