What is Ayurveda?
Can we use Ayurveda in today’s modern lifestyle?
For some, the notion of Ayurveda connotes a strange, intangible subject, an antiquated ideology completely irrelevant to the modern day lifestyle. Others have found an intimate connection with the insights offered through Ayurveda and have incorporated this science on a practical, daily basis. And of course, as is always true in life, there are many, many people in between those two perspectives — the vast grey area, if you will.
For those of you who don’t know about Ayurveda, I’ll briefly give explanation, but please know that this summation in no way does justice to the subject, which dates back over 5,000 years. So as I describe to you below, please know that I do so humbly.
The term Ayurveda derives from the Sanskrit words ayu and veda. Ayu translates as “life” and veda as “knowledge” or “science”, thus Ayurveda is known as the science of life. Ayurveda, originating from India, employs a holistic mind-body system of healing, that was originally established with 8 branches of medicine, including pediatrics, toxicology, surgery, and internal medicine, to name a few. It is both preventative and profoundly curative.
Ayurveda states that there are five fundamental elements that comprise all of nature; this includes each and every one of us. These elements, Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth, are uniquely distributed within every individual, like a fingerprint or a snowflake or a one-of-a-kind blueprint – no two are exactly the same. Your specific blueprint is known as your prakruti or constitution, which you have embedded in you from the moment of conception. However, when we are born and as we live our lives, outside factors can sway us away from our constitution; and this natural occurrence is known as our current condition or dosha.
Ayurveda provides the knowledge and awareness to use your dosha, as a ‘compass’ – through concrete holistic guidelines, helping you to navigate yourself back into what your original state of being was – a precious and phenomenal state free from imbalance and disease.
So Ayurveda today… is it possible? After all, it was established before the industrial and media ages, before today’s complex demands, dual-income necessities, and the modern lifestyle. Others may argue that amidst all life’s evolutions, Ayurveda is a science that has stood the test of time, which still has profound impact today and has proved it in curing ailments that have defied top western physicians.
My aim with this blog is to establish a place where people can discuss these issues and share insights. I hope that at the very least, Ayurveda can be taken out of the realm of the mystical and into the realm of accessible – a viable and profound path towards beauty, health and wellness.