Ayurveda is a system of scientific and practical knowledge, which is rooted in the ancient wisdom of the Vedic seers. For more than 5,000 years, Ayurveda has been practised to promote wellness in India and it is beginning to find a place in diet trends worldwide. Its practitioners consider Ayurveda to be a sacred system that unites natural elements, spirituality, health, beauty and diet. In short, nourishment of the body is connected to the nourishment of the mind and soul. Ayurveda says that the ‘five elements’ (Pṛthvi (earth), Jala (water), Teja/Agni (fire), Vāyu (air) and Akasa (Sky)) —Panchamahabhuta (the five basic elements of the entire creation) compose the universe, including the human body.
Vata Pitta and Kapha (Tridosha) are ‘bio-elemental’ substances found throughout the human body which govern physical, mental and spiritual health when in equilibrium and their imbalance cause deleterious changes in skin, hair and body systems – causing disease and ill health. Ayurveda advocates preventive care by balancing one’s ‘Doshic makeup’ through diet, lifestyle changes, exercise and massage.
The aim of Ayurveda is to attain Ayus (Longevity) and Arogya (Disease-free) by balancing Tridosha according to the individual constitution, lifestyle and nature (Prakruti)
Ayurveda emphasizes the close relationship of the constitution of the human body with the environment in which it exists. Therefore the environment, the changing seasons particularly, have a strong influence on the body’s constitution and physiological processes, significantly affecting beauty, health and wellbeing of a person.
According to the ancient healing practices of Ayurveda, following a routine of morning and night practices (Dinacharya in Ayurvedic practice) effectively reduce stress and infuse your life with positivity and increased levels of energy, beauty and wellness. These daily Ayurvedic wellness rituals that are aligned with the cycles of nature sets a rhythm to your life that can improve your overall wellbeing and health (Ritucharya).
The Holistic Health concept in Ayurveda upholds that all aspects of people’s needs, psychological, physical and social should be taken into account and seen as a whole. Furthermore, it is believed that the spiritual aspect should also be taken into account when assessing a person’s overall well-being. The spiritual aspect implied is claimed not to be associated with any religious ideology.
Ayurveda involves notable changes in lifestyle or outlook reinforcing the individual’s ‘life force’, balance, and harmony with the environment heal your body, prevent disease and achieve optimal health.