The word Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term meaning ‘science of life’. Ayur means ‘life’ or ‘daily living’ and Veda is ‘knowledge’ (science), it address all aspects of life, including consciousness/mind, physiology, behaviour and environment.
Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s holistic “whole-body” healing systems, originated in the ancient Vedic times of India more than 5,000 years ago. It stems from the ancient Vedic culture and was taught thousands of years in an oral tradition from accomplished masters to their disciples and some of this knowledge was set to print a few thousand years ago but much of it is inaccessible.
We are all born with a particular Prakruti or nature, which means we have a specific and unique Dosha balance since birth. We all contain a mixture of the three Doshas- Vata, Pitta, Kapha. Most of us showing dominant signs of one or two Doshas. One’s Dosha is determined based on physical, emotional, mental and behavioural characteristics.
Knowing your Dosha will help you determine the best lifestyle choices, nutrition and skincare that will offer optimal wellness for your mind, body and spirit.
Ayurveda an holistic approach
Ayurveda recognises that seasons have a profound effect on health and that different seasons affect people differently. An individual’s constitution and the seasons are intimately related. Health is affected by the qualities of the climate; the inner world is influenced by the outer environment.
Ayurveda believes every person is made of five basic elements found in the universe: space, air, fire, water and earth and have a unique constitution of them. These combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called Doshas.