Understanding Ayurveda

The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really wise.

- Euripides

Ayurveda is a life science healing system, that was born in India over 5000 years ago. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word with two roots: ayus (meaning life) and veda (meaning science or wisdom).

Simply put, it is the science or wisdom of life.

It is a rhythmic lifestyle that follows and complies with the laws of nature. It allows us to understand our own unique metabolic blueprint and create a positive effect upon it (bring it back into balance), through a system of observations of our body, mind, spirit in the context of our current environment.

When practiced, it promotes a vital life which is stable and balanced obtained through a clear understanding of self and the relationship and interactions we cultivate with our ever-changing environment.

5 ELEMENTS (Pancha Mahabhutas). Four of the elements exist within the 5th element - space (or ether).

These characteristics are known as the gunas (quality), which we experience as a perceived feeling. By understanding the elements and their corresponding ‘feelings’ we become aware when something is out of balance, which also reveals how to bring in order and equilibrium.

The GUNAS (or feelings) give us the insight to be able to bring about balance by introducing the opposite. If something is cold, we can bring balance and comfort by adding warmth or heat.

Although this may seem simplistic, we often overlook the subtler variations of these elements we may experience - and, by refining our awareness of them, we can bring about a balance easefully. This approach allows each of us to foster a life habit of investigation that elevates us to a position of continuous self-regulation and choice.

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