Therapeutic Principles of Ayurvedic Healing With Mind-Body Medicine
Ayurvedic healing is both a system and a lifestyle that brings optimum health and wellbeing to the lives of those who dedicate themselves to living by its principles. Ayurveda is known as “The Science of Life” and literally translated, “Ayur” means life, and “Veda” means knowledge. This naturopathic medicine system has withstood the test of time as it is the oldest and most extensively practiced natural health care system in the world. More ancient than Chinese Medicine, by 400 AD, Ayurvedic texts had been translated into Chinese and, by 700 AD, Chinese scholars were studying Ayurveda in India. The oldest mention of Ayurveda dates back 5,000 years to the ancient Rishis of India.
It has been passed from enlightened yogis and sages to modern ayurvedic healing doctors and today’s practitioners throughout the centuries. One of the cornerstones of this natural health system is the concept of how the energies of the five elements in nature, Earth, Fire, Water, Air, and Ether, combine to make up everyone’s physical and psychological constitution. Each of us is born with a particular combination of these elements, and that combination creates our Prakriti (constitution). Ayurvedic philosophy of the Doshas, Vata (air), Pitta (fire), and Kapha (water) teach us that these forces of nature have a powerful effect on our health and wellbeing.
Therefore, if we do not keep these energies in balance within our own Prakriti, the disease will eventually arise. However, the opposite is also true. If we maintain the Doshas’ proper balance within our constitution, we can attain optimal mental, physical, and spiritual health. To do this, we must first determine our individual Prakriti (constitution) and then determine what elements have the most influence on our health and wellbeing. We can then discover what our Doshic imbalances are and learn about ways we can bring them back into balance. For example, if you live in a cold, dry, windy climate, have dry skin and chapped lips, experience frequent gas and bloating, having e a hectic schedule where you run about frantically trying to get it all done.
Often have overwhelming feelings of anxiety and fear, Ayurveda would say that you need to balance your Vata Dosha. If you let this go on unchecked for extended periods of time, you are setting yourself up for the possibility of serious health issues. Ayurveda offers suggestions for specific dietary changes, lifestyle changes, daily and seasonal regimens, body treatments, herbal therapies, and practices to correct imbalances in the Doshas and achieve and maintain optimal health vitality. Ultimately, it helps us understand that our choices, from what we eat to how we think and behave, profoundly affect our health and well-being. Once we gain the ancient knowledge of this mind-body medicine, we are empowered to make the choices that lead us to our goal, happiness!
At Villa Kali Ma, our clients will be introduced to the Ayurvedic healing lifestyle through individual Ayurvedic cooking and lifestyle classes, consultations, body treatments, and more. Ayurveda is an extraordinary system that is so natural and intuitive, and once you learn about it, you will think, “This makes so much sense!”
Individual Ayurvedic Healing Consultations
During your stay at Villa Kali Ma, you will meet with our Ayurvedic practitioner for an individual consultation to discover how Ayurveda can help you with your specific physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health challenges. You will discover what your Prakriti is as well as what Dosha or Doshas are affecting you. You will be given suggestions on balancing your Dosha through various possible modalities, including diet, exercise, herbs, practices, and lifestyle routines.
Ayurvedic Cooking Classes
Each week at Villa Kali Ma, our clients can learn to use the healing power of food through Ayurvedic cooking! Enjoy hands-on cooking classes using plant-based organic ingredients to create various; grains, pulses, vegetables, savories, and sweets prescribed in Ayurveda to illuminate your ultimate wellbeing. Each class will consist of:
- Training on different aspects of Ayurveda.
- Hands-on cooking 2-3 different Ayurvedic recipes.
- Learn the art of using Ayurvedic spices as medicine.
- Creating a plate with the 6 tastes to ensure proper digestion.
- Enjoying the yummy healing food together.