The name “Ayurveda” is derived from two words in Sanskrit, “ayuh” meaning “life” or “longevity” and “veda” meaning “science” or “sacred knowledge.” Ayurveda’s definition therefore roughly translates as “the science of longevity” or “the sacred knowledge of life.”
Ayurveda is a 5000 yr old holistic tradition and way of living that can help each of us to claim and celebrate our capacity for wellness, helping us:
Align with our truest inner nature
Honour and develop our strengths
Hone in on our challenge areas
Redirect detrimental tendencies
Maintain balance in the face of adversity
It's not simply about taking an herbal formula and waiting for the results. Instead, Ayurveda encourages us to be an active participant in our own journey toward healing.
This involves learning about our relationship with the elements and the unique combinations they create within our being, called Doshas.
Each person is born with a particular doshic balance; an essential constitutional type. It represents our natural state of equilibrium and our blueprint for perfect health.
Getting to know our personal constitution (Prakruti), helps us begin to recognise which things suit us best and become more discerning in our lifestyle choices.
Ayurveda recognises that in order to maintain good health through the changing nature of life, we need to pay attention to signs of imbalance.
Then, we are offered a huge resource of detailed advice to help map out a path to restoring balance; which may include adapting diet and daily routine, self massage with oils, taking herbs internally, meditation and yoga practice.
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About my studies
My interest in Ayurveda arose as a natural progression from many years of yoga practice and the study of yogic philosophy. I began to read books on the subject and to consult an Ayurvedic practitioner, experiencing very positive effects on my overall health. This inspired me to follow an introductory online course (https://learnlivingayurveda.com/), which in turn has lead to my following an apprentice style path of study with practitioner & teacher Anne McIntyre (https://annemcintyre.com/) to deepen my understanding and begin to help others. I'm currently in the third year of study with Anne.