What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is the traditional healing system of India. Literally translated, it means “Science of life”, and is one of the oldest recorded health practices still used throughout the world.

Ayurveda is a complete health system for mind, body and spirit. Rather than treating symptoms, it treats the whole patient, working holistically to prevent and treat disease.

Ayurveda uses the elements, seasons, planets and bodily humours to discover areas of potential weakness; it operates  on the assumption that everyone is composed of various combinations of the five elements: earth, air, fire, water and ether. According to the laws of Ayurveda, these elements are manifested in each individual through “doshas“, or body types; there are three main types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Maintaining the balance of your dosha is the key to successful Ayurvedic practice, and this is done through diet, exercise, massage, crystals, gems and colour.

This is just a little introduction about what is Ayurveda and it main purpose. In the following posts I’ll write about how to know what is your predominant dosha and how to balance it.

If you have time I invite you to watch the following videos to understand more about Ayurveda.


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