Yoga and meditation provide us with balance and should be included in our daily routines
With over 5,000 years of history, Ayurveda is a holistic system of healing based on the belief that our well-being is closely connected to the balance between the body, mind and spirit. Discover how this time-tested practice can enhance beauty, improve health and ultimately, alter our lives.
What is Ayurveda: a selection of sensory spa therapies, a cuisine, a natural beauty regimen, a system of self-knowledge or a healing modality? If you had to answer that question in a multiple-choice test and you checked each of the choices, you would be right. Ayurveda is all of these things and more. One of India’s greatest contributions to the world along with yoga, Ayurveda is an ancient healing practice concerned with balancing all aspects of one’s well-being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The word ‘Ayurveda’ is derived from two Sanskrit roots: ayu, which means life and veda, which denotes the knowledge or philosophy of. Together they create Ayurveda: the ‘science of life’, or the ‘knowledge of living’.
Ayurveda operates on the belief that everything is connected and that we can achieve vitality and healing only when we can coexist in harmony with our environment. It empowers us to understand our innate constitution, our strengths and weaknesses and how we can enhance the former through proper diet and lifestyle.
Many believe it to be the world’s oldest medical tradition – dating back over 5,000 years in written form – and it offers diagnosis and therapies, such as yoga, massage, herbal remedies and acupuncture, to treat illnesses. Yet most importantly, it teaches a way of life that enhances good health, longevity and happiness.
ANCIENT WISDOM FOR MODERN TIMES
Dr Robert Svoboda, the first westerner to become an Ayurvedic Vaidya, or doctor, notes, “Human physiology has not changed much in recorded history. Externally things may have changed, but our bodies and minds are almost identical to those of our ancestors. What imbalanced us in the past still imbalances us today. The relevance of Ayurveda lies in the fact that early humans were much less able to control their environments than we can. They had no choice but to cooperate with and rely on nature.”