Ayurveda is the oldest and continuously practiced health-care system in the world and its popularity is quickly growing in the USA. As a system of natural healing, your body, and mind are strengthened, through use of food, lifestyle choices, herbs, oils and other natural tools, one naturally maximizes well-being, mental clarity and longevity.
“My goal is to teach you how to attain your optimal health through gaining a deeper understanding of yourself and your constitutional nature. We treat each person individually, not as a set of symptoms. At Saumya, clients are treated like family.”
–Veena Haasl-Blilie, Certified Ayurveda Practitioner
THE BRIEFEST AYURVEDA OVERVIEW
adapted from the writings of DR. VASANT LAD
Ayurveda is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life.” Ayurvedic knowledge originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is often called the “Mother of All Healing.” It stems from the ancient Vedic culture and was taught for many thousands of years in an oral tradition from accomplished masters to their disciples. Some of this knowledge was set to print a few thousand years ago, but much of it is inaccessible.
Ayurveda is the art of daily living in harmony with the laws of nature. The aims and objectives of this science are to maintain the health of a healthy person and to heal the disease of an unhealthy person. Both prevention (maintenance of good health) and healing are carried out by entirely natural means. According to Ayurveda, health is a state of balance among the body’s three fundamental energies, or doshas. Vata –quality of movement, pitta – quality of transformation, and kapha – building block materials. And an equally vital balance among body, mind and consciousness.
We all have a unique constitution, our genetic makeup, which Ayurveda refers to as our prakriti, that does not change throughout life. It is our own unique pattern of energy, our combination of physical, mental and emotional characteristics and predispositions. Though the underlying structure of our prakriti remains a fixed reality, our home base, or essential individuality, it is constantly bombarded by numerous forces. Changes in age and in our external environment, our endlessly shifting thoughts, feelings and emotions, and the quality and quantity of the food we eat continuously affect us. Unhealthy diet, excess stress, insufficient rest or exercise, and repressed emotions all disturb our doshic balance.
As the internal and external conditions of our lives change, if we are going to remain healthy we need to constantly adjust in order to maintain equilibrium. Some of this adjustment takes place automatically due to the beautiful wisdom and intelligence with which our bodies have been designed. But much demands conscious choice. To maintain health and balance, we have to juggle with the three doshas, taking action to increase or decrease vata, pitta, or kapha as conditions demand. This requires moment-to-moment awareness.
Thus healing – healthy, balanced, conscious living in the fullness of the present moment – is really a way of life. Ayurveda is not a passive therapy but rather asks each individual to take responsibility for his or her own daily living. Through our diet, our relationships, our job, our numerous responsibilities and our daily life as a whole, we can take simple actions for prevention, self-healing, wholeness, and growth towards fulfillment.