What is Ayurveda? Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term for “Science of Life.” It is the earliest health care system in India beginning over 6,000 years ago. The fundamentals of Ayurveda can be found in Hindu scriptures called the Vedas. Ayurveda is a complete way of life. It is not only about treating sickness – it is based on preventing disease and enhancing health, longevity, and vitality. The goal of Ayurveda is to achieve harmony and balance.
Health is a state of total balance between the body, mind, and spirit.
According to Ayurvedic knowledge, Ojas is the nectar or sap of the body, it is the outcome of a healthy immune system, and is the subtle essence or energy of the nervous system, the digested essence of all food, impressions, and experiences. This nectar represents our capacity to enjoy life to the fullest and find delight in all things. Ojas is the basis for clarity of perception, physical strength, endurance, and longevity of the tissues.
So how come so many people on the planet are sick and diseased? What is the main reason that we, humans, are rarely able to experience Ojas, this state of complete well-being and harmony with ourselves and the nature around us? How come we follow all the new diet and exercise trends and still are struggling to have the energy or to relieve the painful conditions?
According to Ayurveda, each life is unique and every living body is made out of the universal elements: earth, water, fire, air, and ether. These five elements are combined into three forces of nature: Vata (air-ether), Pitta (fire-water), and Kapha (water-earth).
When we are conceived one of the forces is more dominant, so when we are born, although we have all three elements present, one is more dominant. Prakruti, means ‘’according to nature” or ‘’original creation’’, what came first. Prakruti will always stay the same for the rest of our lives.
As we grow up we get heavily influenced by our environment, food, lifestyle, climate, big events, age, etc., so we are no longer in alignment with our nature, not in a balanced state. We develop an imbalance called Vikruti, which means ‘’the result of imbalance’’ or “what came after”. Vikruti can be any of the forces, however, usually, our birth dominant element gets out of balance first. So our Vikruti can be the same as our Prakruti or it can be different.
An ayurvedic practitioner can diagnose your PDE (Present Dominant Element), which can be either your Vikruti or Prakruti or both. We always start with first correcting our Present Dominant Element. Once you find out your PDE, you can choose to start correcting it with the best Ayurvedic food choices according to your element, best lifestyle choices, environment, and a personalized Ayurveda Yoga Therapy program, specifically designed for your current health needs. When practiced regularly and correctly in combination with the other recommendations from an Ayurvedic practitioner, it will certainly help to bring you into balance and a state of better health and well-being.
Ayurveda and Yoga were mentioned in ancient Vedas, the sacred manuscripts of knowledge and wisdom of life, and the two sister sciences fit together perfectly, like a glove.
Yoga Therapy’s perspective is to create a free mindset, freedom in the body, and balance of the elements.
Yoga therapy is a holistic personalized program that focuses on bringing your health into balance using Yogic and Ayurvedic principles, according to your current needs, and helps you to develop self-practice. It offers therapeutic sequences that are designed to help with many health conditions and symptoms.
I highly wish that Ayurveda was taught at schools as a science of life, because it would have been an extremely useful subject, considering the current state of the world. According to Ayurveda and Yoga, tamas means ignorance, dullness, and darkness and sattva is light, wisdom, and purity. What is needed now is to shine some light into the darkness, so that positive changes can occur on a personal level, and as a result, on a global level.
If we accept and embrace ourselves as being a part of nature and start to follow our own inner voice, our own daily routine, and the way of life, avoid following the crowd or the one-size-fits-all mentality, we can create more harmony and balance within our own lives and the lives of the future generations.
Written by: Alla Kozyreva
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