Ayurveda is a healing and healthy living practice that originated in India. The word Ayurveda literally means “the science or study of life.” In practice, it is a way to look at our life to find ways to create more balance.
Ayurveda is a model that helps us to live in harmony with the natural world and thereby remain healthier, calmer and less conflicted. By observing the relationships between things in nature, we can make healthy choices that give us more freedom. By practicing the recommendations of Ayurveda, we can bring our lives more into alignment with the rhythms of nature.
How Does Ayurveda Work?
The Ayurveda model uses the idea of 5 elements. These 5 elements–earth, water, fire, wind and space–are the building blocks of all things. They combine to create the 3 doshas or “forces” which are the components of human constitution. Each of us is born with a unique proportion of these 3 components which gives us each our unique character, strengths and areas of weakness. Ayurveda helps us to live out the longest and healthiest possible life, by making decisions based on that uniqueness. This brings out the best in each of us and supports us where we are weak.
Ultimately these practices result in a greater sensitivity to our own needs and the ability to reach our full potential.
When viewed through the lens of Ayurveda, the modern world and what we consider “normal” life can begin to look terribly imbalanced and sick-making. However, by beginning to make simple changes in our habits, we will soon find the natural desire for more simplicity and ease in our lives. The suggestions Ayurveda makes to help us discover our natural appetite are practical and effective. In the end, Ayurveda is the science of living a long and pleasurable life.
Where Can I Start?
A great place to start is by experimenting with some small changes to find out for yourself how much better you could be feeling! Download this free guide to improving your digestion.
Your can also head on over to the blog to find lots of posts on seasonal topics or take a look at some frequently used Ayurveda terms.
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