Ayurveda is a holistic science of medicine that is indigenous and has been practised in India for more than 5,000 thousand years.
Ayurveda is derived from two words – Ayu is the Sanskrit term meaning ‘ life’ and Veda is ‘knowing’ – the science of living a life of wellbeing and balance.
According to Ayurveda, every living and non-living thing in the universe is made up of a combination of 5 basic elements
- space, air, fire, water and earth.
Our human body is also made up of these 5 elements in various combinations. They manifest in the human body as 3 basic principles
or subtle energies known as doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Knowledge of the 5 elements and the 3 doshas is essential in order to lead happy and healthy lives. When they are in balance, we are able to function
at our highest level as human beings. By understanding the positive and negative aspects of each element and dosha, we can design the life that we want
- healthy, happy and fulfilled.
Everyone has their own specific combination of the three doshas at birth, which is the normal balanced state for that individual. Generally one
or two doshas will predominate; just a few people will have all three doshas equally strongly expressed.
External factors can pull the original state of doshas out of balance. The science of Ayurveda offers various ways of restoring the original
individual balance of the doshas, safeguarding health and wellbeing.
Understanding the doshas helps us understand why everything outside us can affect what goes on inside us. We are affected by the food we eat,
the herbs or supplements we take, what we drink, the seasons of the year, the environment around us, even what type of exercise we do.
Ayurveda gives us knowledge to live with or regain balance in our lives so we can enjoy radiant good health, happiness and fulfillment.