I began studying Ayurveda a year ago after a friend recommended that I read Deepak Chopra's book, Perfect Health. I began to integrate it into my life and, almost immediately, I started to feel much more balanced, relaxed and healthy. In October, I decided to enroll in the 200-Hour Foundations of Ayurveda Course at Kripalu, in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. It is my intention to use this space to share my journey to learn more about this ancient wisdom.
Ayurveda simply translated is the science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science, wisdom or knowledge). It originated in India over 5000 years ago and is the oldest form of holistic alternative medicine. Those who practice Ayurveda believe in keeping the body, mind and spirit in equilibrium with nature. Essentially, Ayurveda strives to teach us that self-awareness and self-realization are at the core of our happiness, well-being and life's purpose.
Ayurveda provides guidelines on daily and seasonal routines, diet, exercise, and behavior based on each person's unique constitution or prakrti. Each prakrti is based on the three energies that govern the environment: movement, transformation, and structure, or Vata, Pitta and Kapha in Sanskrit. And, each of us has a unique proportion of these three forces that shapes our nature.
An important goal of Ayurveda is to identify a person’s ideal state of balance, determine where they are out of balance, and offer interventions using diet, herbs, aromatherapy, massage, music, yoga, breathing techniques and meditation. Ayurveda takes a unique, holistic, natural, and preventative approach to health and wellness.
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