Ayurveda, which literally means “The Science of Life” is the traditional healing science of India. A system of both preventative and curative medicine.
More than 5,000 years old, the time-honored traditional knowledge of Ayurveda is just as relevant to modern society today and has helped millions of individuals to return to optimal health.
Fundamental to Ayurveda is the understanding that each person is unique and as a result, each person’s path toward optimal health is unique. As Dr. Halpern says, “Nothing is right for everyone, everything is right for someone. Ayurveda is a path of what is right for you.”
Ayurveda helps individuals to know what types of foods, sounds, smells, and other stimuli will create a state of balance and harmony in their unique body and mind. When the body and mind are in harmony, normal physiology is restored and healing takes place.
A person’s constitution determines what a person is naturally attracted to and what causes a person to become out of balance, sick, and diseased. Depending upon a person’s constitution, they may thrive as a vegetarian or need meat; they may thrive on spicy foods or get burning indigestion.
Our constitution determines how we relate to the environment. The wise individual, with this knowledge, creates an environment that is supportive to who they are as a unique individual.
There are three basic constitutional types, and everyone is a unique mix of them. For each type, a different diet is recommended as well as different forms of therapies. The three types are called vata, pitta, and kapha.
While it is always most accurate to be fully evaluated by a trained Ayurvedic practitioner, Use the link below to complete the questionnaire which can give you insight into the balance of energies unique to your body.
The most important thing an Ayurvedic Practitioner can do is support their patients to successfully implement the principles of Ayurveda into their lives.
These principles, when properly followed, assure that the body and mind of the patient will be balanced, peaceful, and of optimal health.
Natural law dictates that if the principles of Ayurveda are followed, healing will take place within the limits of nature and matter. This is guaranteed.
The human body has a tremendous capability to heal itself, whether a person is suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Asthma, Multiple Sclerosis, Migraines, Anxiety, Insomnia or Depression.
From an Ayurvedic perspective, the body and mind heal naturally and completely when the laws of nature are applied to the practice of healing.
The habits and routines of a person’s life are the single most important determinant of their well-being. This can not be overemphasized. As a result, we evaluate each patient’s lifestyle.
It is here, in the lifestyle, that we most often identify the causative factor of disease. Thus, healing can not completely occur unless we correct the habits that are causing ill health and adopt habits that bring about harmony and healing.
Proper Ayurvedic lifestyle centers around the three pillars of life, digestion (food), creativity (sex) and rest (sleep). Healthy habits in these three areas assure a person of maximum longevity in this life.
These three areas of life go to the core of one’s behaviors and thus to a very deep place within a person’s consciousness. When harmony is achieved in these three areas, a person’s consciousness has evolved to a very high state. How a person lives is a reflection of their consciousness!!!!!!!
Early in our lives, from birth to puberty, our bodies are growing rapidly. Our physiology is designed for helping us to achieve a full grown, strong body. During this first phase of life, Ayurveda defines health as the formation of healthy tissues in the body. During this period the body needs foods that are deeply nourishing.
Ayurveda describes the second phase of life as the time of action and service. It is during this phase of life we begin to contribute to society. Having been properly nourished as a child, the body and mind are now capable of optimally performing. During this phase of live is when the body stops growing until retirement.
The third and final phase of life is the time of reflection. During this phase of life, we have the opportunity to reflect on the life we have lived and what we have learned. If we are so fortunate, we will have the opportunity to share what we have learned with others; playing the role of the elder teacher. Absent that opportunity, a person may spend time in meditation, contemplation and perform volunteer work assisting those who are still in their second phase of life.
For thousands of years, people have turned to the wisdom of Ayurveda and Yoga to achieve optimal health in body, mind and soul. These two ancient sister sciences have been practiced continuously since the dawn of human history.
In fact, Ayurveda is considered to be “the mother of all healing sciences,” and yoga is its corollary.
In what way are they sister sciences? Ayurveda is the healing side of Yoga; Yoga is the spiritual side of Ayurveda.
They each address aspects of our being that allow for perfect health within the body and mind, and this paves the way for us to achieve the highest goal: reconnection to our Divine nature, also called Self-Realization, enlightenment or what Yoga calls Samadhi.
In the words of Dr. Marc Halpern, the Founder and Director of the California College of Ayurveda, “the path to perfect health parallels the path to enlightenment!”