An ancient science of healing
Often referred to as the sister of Yoga, Yoga and Ayurveda were initially practised along side each other as a whole system approach to wellbeing. Translated from sanskrit as the 'science of life'. Ayurveda is an ancient science of healing that believes the entire universe is composed of five elements. In simple terms these five elements (earth, water, fire, air and space) are believed to form the three basic patterns of the human body in varying combinations -The Doshas. Each of us has a unique pattern of physical, mental and emotional energy. By attuning our lifestyles and diets to our unique constitution we maintain the balance within ourselves that provides good health.
Unlike classical Western medicine, Ayurveda practices achieving optimal wellness through balance and integration. When life forces are out of balance we start to experience symptoms in the form of inflammation. This might be bloating, joint pain, arthritis, insomnia, anxiety, or disease just to name a few! The best way to combat this inflammation is to stay well in the first place. Ayurveda treats the root cause of the illness rather than the symptoms, this is done by looking at the individual person and attunes their unique constitution.
Ayurveda dates back thousands of years. The earliest recorded texts on the practice known as The Vedas describe the transfer of knowledge and wisdom from Gods to sages and from sages to doctors.
Ayurvedic medicine thrived until India began to experience political conflict and invading countries, notably the British Empire. When India gained independence from Britain in the middle of the 20th century, ayurveda found its place again as a major medical system and is now practised by more than 90 per cent of the country.