What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a 5,000 year-old system of health and healing, which first originated in India. It is a comprehensive, natural healing system which provides us with a road map to health, balance, and a life worth living. Ayurveda gently guides us on our path. Everything we encounter can influence us positively or negatively so our challenge is to learn and grow from this. With simple daily practices (Dinacharya) which bring us in to balance, seasonal routines (Ritucharya) which keep us healthy, and profound healing experiences (Pancha Karma), Ayurveda works in harmony with the natural world to get to the root of dis-ease. Dr. Robert Svoboda, the first Westerner to graduate from an Indian College of Ayurveda, wrote in his book, Ayurveda for Women, that “Ayurveda explores life in all its layers and pays more attention to an organism’s energies and their functions than to the structures which contain them.’’ Ayurveda is allied with the yogic view of life and consciousness, and dealing “integrally with body, mind and soul”.