What is Ayurveda? (eye-yur-vay-duh)

Ayurveda is India’s 5,000 year old “Science of Life.” It is the art of  living in harmony with nature, and it explains the nature of everything in the universe. When we learn about Ayurveda, we learn about ourselves, how we “tick,” and how we can be our healthiest and happiest at all times.

Ayurveda teaches us to live life in balance. And it helps us to find exactly what that balance is for each one of us. Since we are all different, body, mind and emotions, we learn individual strategies
for diet, exercise, and lifestyle. Since health is more than the physical — it is also mental, emotional and spiritual — Ayurveda can be used to help us create and maintain not only healthy bodies, but also healthy relationships. It can help us to better understand and be more empathetic to ourselves and the people in our lives. We can work with our natural strengths to help balance each other out. We can stop trying to “change” others to fit our needs, and instead accept a person’s characteristics as a part of their wholeness and honor who they are.

Ayurvedic principles can be applied to our work and career, to help us find and live our dharma. They can help us with our family lives, in parenting and to help resolve conflicts. Ayurveda is a lifestyle that shows us how to take care of ourselves in a simple, practical and loving way. An Ayurvedic looks to the mindbody for what it needs for balance, self healing, homeostasis.

Why have we not heard much about it until introduced by Dr. Deepak Chopra (and a handful of others) in the early 90’s? Simple. It was banned by the British Government in 1833! We are so grateful to be aware of this vast wealth of information to allow us to gain more control of our health and wellbeing.

If you would like to learn more and get specific recommendations for your health challenge, please schedule a private consultation with one of our Ayurvedic Practitioners. Ayurveda 101 is offered twice per year at the studio. Also check out my favorite book on Ayurveda, Perfect Health by Dr. Deepak Chopra. It is available for loan in our library and for sale in the Boutique.

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