Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine born in India, 4,000 to 6,000 years ago.
The word Ayurveda is composed of 2 Sanskrit words: AYUR means life, VEDA means science, or knowledge. Ayurveda is the science of life, a science that has practical tools to help us live long, healthy life. It is often referred to as "the science of longevity".
Ayurveda recognizes the links between macrocosm and microcosm, ie the natural, cosmic, large world, and its expression in each one of us: what is in nature is also in us. We are one and the same. In addition and parallel to this, Ayurveda sees health and balance as a global system that includes the physical body, but also the mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. They are great points of entry to affect and shift each other, meaning that we can influence one and see an impact on the others. Isn't it exciting ?!
Ayurveda is an elemental science that focuses on 5 elements: Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. These 5 elements are in everything around us, and they are also in everything within us (our physical body, but also our minds, emotions etc). Each element has a specific profile and characteristics, and Ayurveda gives us concrete tools to balance them to a level that is right for us. What is most important when working with Ayurvedic principles in mind is that it is not a "one size fits all" system and it is a deeply individualized science: what will work for you will not work for me, what will work for you today may not work in 5 years, in a different setting etc. While this may seem daunting, it is a fabulous opportunity to check in with ourselves and get to know ourselves better, as well as an invitation to meet ourselves where we are, today.
Ayurveda takes into account the season, the living environment of the person, the stage of life and other individual and deeply personal aspects (trauma, genetic traits, personal history etc).
When working with Ayurvedic principles in mind, we usually will look at food and digestion, self care practices, energy regulation and herbal support. It is a science that makes our lives easier and simpler, not more complicated.
Would you be curious to see how Ayurveda could support your life, health and well being ?