Ayurveda is the science of life. It is an all encompassing, lifestyle-based guide for creating and maintaining health in your body, mind and spirit. It was created nearly 5,000 years ago and is practiced all over the world. The retreat in India where I studied yoga was also an Ayurvedic Hospital, so I was able to learn about Ayurveda and tried to practice a little while I was there.
In Ayurveda, you discover your constitution – which is some combination of pitta, vata, and kapha – and then practice a lifestyle designed to balance those properties and bring harmony to your being. Ayurveda is about creating health rather than treating disease, and it always looks at the body as a whole and at the connection between the mind and body when addressing health. To find out what your body’s constitution is, you need to see an Ayurvedic specialist, but you can get an idea by looking at the characteristics of each property and learning more about Ayurveda in general. Ayurveda is a holistic and inspiring view of health care that teaches you to view your mind and body with respect. Learn more and make choices to bring about your best state of health!