What is Ayurveda ?
Lots of people ask me what is Ayurveda……
My husband was the first one to comment ‘ you need to come up with a simple explanation of what Ayurveda is’. Yes he is right I realized that lots of people I talk to think that Ayurveda involves eating Indian Food, drink your morning pee or sit for hours in meditation. I was surprised the perception of this ancient medical system that is over 5000 years old.
Ayurveda is derived from two root words - Ayu - Life and Veda - Knowledge so it means the Knowledge of Life. Ayurveda is an inclusive healing system and the mother of all medicine, it understands everything through the qualities of the 5 Elements, Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Ayurveda Medicine is a timeless and tested over thousands of years science that is still being used today because they work.
In our today busy lives it takes most of us a wake up call, an accident or a sickness or the loss of a loved one, to realize that we are out of balance. We must first become aware of the fact that we are out of balance before we are inspired to make a change. What is health ? The Sanskrit word for health is ‘Svastha’ and it definition means - Established in Self. In our wold were everything is ‘I’ this and ‘ME’ that it is rather ironic that people are more disconnected from ‘self’ as ever before. This start with our toddles now using devises that plug them out from the real world and nature. Take a moment and ask yourself are you established in self? Are you connected to Self?
According to Ayurveda perfect health is the end result of both positive self esteem ( healthy ego ) as well as spiritual Self- awareness ( connection to the soul). Both are important for the production and maintenance of good health. Perfect health exists where there is harmony between a persons unique makeup of the 5 Elements (Prakruti) and the environment, this can only be achieved if a person is in tune with the 5 senses and choses to interact with the environment that supports his/her nature.
Ayurveda defines true health or wellbeing as the proper alignment of body, senses and soul. Ayurveda makes us aware of our place in the world of nature through movement of time. It teaches us how to harmonize ourselves with sunrise and sunset, the seasons of the year and the stages from birth through death.
The most powerful aspect is that Ayurveda is not a one size fits all medical system but rather it sees each individual as unique. No person is exactly the same and what can heal one person could hurt another. No one will experience a symptom in the same way as each person has a different makeup of the 5 elements . When a symptom is present in an individual Ayurveda will look at the qualities of the symptom as well as the quality or make up of that person. To treat the person Ayurveda will utilizes opposite qualities to heal body, mind and spirit. Treating the root cause of a disease rather then covering up with a bandaid method.
"People need to stop looking outside of themselves for healing as it is already all inside of them”.
Having studied Ayurveda Medicine more closely for the past 3 years with the California College of Ayurveda, Dr. Lad from the Ayurvedic Institute and Madhuri Philips in Vancouver I have learned so much about my own self and healing. There was one thing surely stuck with me ,one of my mentors Dr. Halpern from the California College of Ayurveda said” the journey to becoming a Clinical Ayurveda Specialist is a journey towards discovering the healer and the teacher that resides within you. A path that first and foremost requires self examination and self observation”. True it has been a journey and it continues as it does for all of us.
The most beautiful thing about Ayurveda is that it meets everyone where they are at and all of us can take one step to healing ourselves, one thing each day that has a ripple effect and will move into all of our tissues and cells. Take 2 min to sit in silence, or eat without looking at your phone, stop and smell the flowers, or simply try to breath a little bit deeper. To find a deeper connection to your self and what supports you start by observing nature you will realize that you are nature. See the 5 Elements and realize that everything on this planet is made up from the 5 Elements and then see that we are all unique combinations made up out of these 5 Elements and that learning what supports you by living a live in rhythm with nature, using your 5 senses in such way that supports you. As when disease is present we have forgotten our true nature in spirit and Ayurveda can bring us back in balance. For me it sums it up in just a a few words:
‘LIVING LIFE IN RYTHM WITH NATURE TO SUPPORT YOURSELF AND ALIGN WITH YOUR UNIQUE SELF’.
Ayurveda has Therapies that bring us back in balance
Diet and Herbs that support your unique make up
Ayurveda Massage and Marma Therapy
Sight Therapy - Chromotherapy
Sound Therapy - Mantra, Music, Kirtan , Singing
Ayurveda Yoga to support your unique make up, season and time of day
If you are interested to find out more please contact me at any time. In my next article I will wright about the 3 Medical Text books of Ayurveda Medicine.