What is Ayurveda? Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living Rachael Breeze
Ayurveda is a 5000 year old wisdom tradition from India that co-arose at the same time with Yoga. Ayurveda’s literal definition is “The Science of Life” and it teaches us how to live in balance in every area of life.
Both Ayurveda & Yoga are Vedic Sciences – which means they come from the Vedas which are the oldest known written teachings on health & spirituality. All Vedic sciences are teachings to support the full development of human potential. Ayurveda teaches that a persons nature is reflected in their Dosha (or body/mind constitution).
There are 3 main Doshas. Vata (air/ether elements), Pitta (fire element) and Kapha (water & earth element). Knowing one’s Dosha gives information as to what sort of foods will be best for you, what sort of exercise is best, when you should sleep, and even what sort of climate you will thrive in. Ayurveda gives suggestions on the subjects of herbs, lifestyle, diet, exercise, digestion, seasonal wellness, and relationships all dependent on a persons unique dosha. It also suggests specific practices such as yoga asana, breath, and meditation. Imagine a roadmap that leads us closer to our best self – this is Ayurveda.
Live In Balance with Ayurveda Ayurveda offers protocols to align your daily rhythm & seasonal routines with the cycles of nature which balances our circadian rhythm. This has been scientifically proven to be a factor in the prevention of chronic disease and a longer, healthier lifespan. The same laws that govern nature apply to humans as well. Animals in the wild know when to sleep, what to eat, and how to stay healthy in the different seasons. The plants know when to flower, bear fruit, and send out their seeds in perfect timing.
When humans are tuned in with nature, we know how to eat, when to rise, and when to sleep to stay in optimum health. We rise with the dawn because it’s natural to do so, we eat during the day because we can see our food, we sleep when we’re tired. We listen to the body because it’s informing us of what we need. Doing so we stay in touch with ourselves and maintain balance.
Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living Rachael Breeze Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living These days we tend to isolate from what’s happening in nature, which creates a modern lifestyle that is disconnected from natural rhythm. Staying up late, being on media & computers, eating dinner late at night, and having an irregular daily routine disrupts our circadian rhythm which affects our sleep, digestion, nervous system, immune system and more. It makes it more challenging to maintain our health & well-being under these circumstances. This makes it an especially important time to connect to Ayurveda and allow it’s wisdom into our lives. When we live in balance with nature’s rhythms our experience is ease. We are going with the flow. When we are not living in balance however our experience is dis-ease. Rather than being in the flow, we are swimming upstream.
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