Ayurveda means the science of life. It is a Sanskrit word that combines ayur (life) Veda (Knowledge / Science). Ayurveda is the most ancient comprehensive science of health and wellbeing originating in India since the Vedic era from 5000 years ago.
Ayurveda is rooted in the concept of harmony where lasting health and wellness can only result from an abiding harmony between the mind, body and soul. In ayurvedic philosophy, the human being is a microcosm connected inalienably to the macrocosm – the universe. An old Vedic verse says, “Aham Brahmasmi,” meaning I and the Universe are One. So all that exists in the Universe also exists in the human being, as we are a part of Nature, and not apart from it. This inextricable Oneness and underlying unity among all in Nature is the journey of your individual practice of Ayurveda. And in this personal journey of harmony, vigor and fulfillment, the infinitely helpful plants and herbs of Nature are your eternal companions.
Ayurveda sees your food as medicine: as you eat, so you are. With research, experimentation and documentation over millennia of thousands of plants and herbs, India’s ancient seers classified the therapeutic properties of plants, herbs and minerals.
In Indian households, these natural elements found their way into food as spices and recipes. For example, Turmeric that is now found by modern research to be anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory has been used in Indian kitchens since time immemorial and is what gives the Indian curry it’s distinctive yellow color. Even now, grandmothers would urge you to drink Turmeric milk to hasten the healing of a wound or inflammation.
Ayurveda is then a lifestyle, a way of living in harmony and alignment with Mother Nature’s nurture. The practice of Ayurveda as a lifestyle is meant to bring out your greatest potential; just as the right nurture of a seed will help its fruition the most. With the education in Ayurveda, you can take responsibility for your own health with a holistic focus on your food, routine, thoughts, attitude, habits and life choices.