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The system of Ayurveda evolved in India more than two thousand years ago. During British rule in India. Ayurvedic practices declined in the urban centers while remaining the treatment of choice in rural areas. The two major Ayurvedic texts are Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita. Charaka and Sushruta are the ayurveda names of the compilers of the samhitas, the collected information.
Ayurveda employs various diagnostic procedures, where one is more interested in what kind of patient has the symptoms, than what kind of symptoms the patient has. It is of prime importance to know the basic mind-body constitution of the patient and when the mind-body constitution is restored to balance, optimum psychological and physical health can be established and maintained.
Ayurveda treatment may include spiritual practices, psychological evaluation, necessary adjustment of mental attitudes and thinking habits, regulation of emotional states, behavior modification, ayurveda body cleansing procedures, exercise, rest, foods to provide ayurveda nutrition as well as for psychological and physical balance, ideal environment, cheerful and supportive personal relationships, herbs, colors, gems, metals and whatever else might be nurturing and life-enhancing.
Ayurveda does not aim to suppress symptoms of discomfort or disease; it is to remove underlying causes so that healing is complete and permanent.
Yoga and Ayurveda have long been linked together as two complimentary systems of human development. They grew up organically intertwined through their common ancient Vedic roots – the legacy of the legendary Ayurveda Himalayan Rishis who understood the ayurveda laws of the universe and the inner process of cosmogenesis that holds the keys to all transformations. Ayurveda and Yoga systems have maintained a long and intimate history, interacting upon and enhancing one another up to the present day. Ayurveda is the “second phase” of interest in Yoga, which builds upon the first phase of interest in Yoga as an exercise system.
As Yogic Ayurveda healing becomes emphasized we must naturally turn our attention to Ayurveda as well.
Ayurveda addresses mainly the embodied soul. The embodied soul (dehi) is not the body (deha) but rather the being for whom the body and mind are instruments. This is also the soul in bondage that is seeking liberation. Charaka shows the importance of Yoga and Ayurveda for removing suffering, calming the mind and providing the support and ultimate basis for Ayurvedic treatment. According to Ayurveda we are spiritual beings in relationship to nature and nature’s forces. Therefore everything that we do should result in more expanded awareness and improved function. According to Ayurveda, we develop disease because of two factors that usually go together; externally, a wrong relationship with environmental forces like food or climate and internally, a wrong movement of internal energies brought about by disharmonious thoughts and emotions. Resolving these two factors is the movement of Ayurvedic healing that occurs both on the outside and on the inside.
Basic words to understand:
Ayurveda – from Ayur, life and veda, knowledge. Veda means “remembered” or “revealed” knowledge” with origins in Consciousness itself. Ayurveda
Dosha – a governing principle that influences and determines biological and psychological characteristics. When in balance, the three doshas support the body’s tissues and functions. Doshas are derived from element influences which are derived from influences of the three attributes (gunas) of nature. The three doshas are vata (derived from ether and air elements), pitta (derived from air and water elements), and kapha (derived from water and earth elements). When disturbed, or stronger or weaker influence, their ayurveda effects are manifested as obvious symptoms to be observed and corrected by appropriate, effective actions.
Guna – attribute or quality of consciousness expressive in nature which regulates cosmic forces. Sattva guna is expansive and luminous; rajas guna is active and transformatiive; tamas guna is heavy and obscures sattvic and rejasic characteristics. These three primary ayurveda qualities are present in the field of God and throughout nature as the universe.
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After the ayurveda evaluation, based on your doshic and gunic constitution, you will be given a recommended dinacharya (daily regimen) to begin utilizing Ayurvedic & Yogic healing practices for balancing the body and mind. Ayurveda