Ayurveda is a system and philosophy of health from ancient India. It is based on the concept of bringing balance to the mind, body and soul, which are seen as intrinsically linked. This can be a complex topic so I’ve broken it down into a brief introduction.
What is Ayurveda?
In Sanskrit Ayurveda translates to “the science, or knowledge, of life.” This shows that Ayurveda is an all-encompassing set of systems that works with many different factors in an individual’s life such as diet, lifestyle, Yoga practices, sleep, connection to nature and more. It is a holistic approach to healing and is known as one of the world’s oldest systems of medicine.
In Ayurveda there are 3 doshas – Vata, Pita, Kapha – which define 3 different types or categories. They are derived from the 5 elements which are ether, air, fire, water and earth. Each element can be understood and experienced by the energy and principles that they are associated with. The doshas convey particular physical, emotional and mental characteristics.
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