Healing with Ayurveda
Nature’s Mind-Body Medicine
Ayurveda is both a system of healing and a lifestyle that brings optimum health and wellbeing to the lives of persons who dedicate themselves to living by its principals. 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 and has been passed down throughout the centuries from enlightened yogis and sages, to the modern Ayurvedic Doctors, Counselors and Practitioners of today.
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 each individuals physical and psychological constitution. Each us of is born with a particular combination of these elements and that combination creates our Prakriti (constitution). Ayurveda’s 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 take action to keep these energies in balance within our own Prakriti, eventually disease will arise.
However, the opposite is also true. If we maintain proper balance of the Doshas within our constitution, we can attain optimal mental, physical and spiritual health. In order to do this, we must first determine our individual Prakriti (constitution) and then find out what elements have the most influence over 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 are living in a cold, dry windy climate, have dry skin and chapped lips, experience frequent gas and bloating, have a hectic schedule where you run about frantically trying to get it all done, then 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, as well as body treatments, herbal therapies and practices for correcting imbalances in the Doshas and achieving and maintaining optimal health and vitality. Ultimately it helps us to understand that all of our choices, from what we eat to how we think and behave, have a profound effect on our health and wellbeing. Once we gain the ancient knowledge of this mind-body medicine, we are empowered to make the choices that lead us to our ultimate goal; Happiness!
At Villa Kali Ma, our clients will be introduced to the Ayurvedic lifestyle through individual Ayurvedic Consultations, Ayurvedic Cooking & Lifestyle Classes, as well as Ayurvedic Body Treatments. Ayurveda is an extraordinary system that is so natural and intuitive, once you learn about it you will think; “This makes so much sense!”