What is Ayurveda?
If you ask this question to different people you may get different answers. Ayurveda is the science of self-healing, Ayurveda is a healthy lifestyle system, Ayurveda is the sister science of Yoga, Ayurveda is a natural health care system, traditional Indian medicine or Ayurveda is an art of self-healing and self-awareness,
Yes, all are true. All these interpretations explain the role of Ayurveda in health and wellness.
Ayurveda is the most ancient holistic healthcare system, originated and has been practiced over several thousands of years in India Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word, Ayu means life and Veda means Knowledge, A science that gives complete knowledge of life is called Ayurveda. It is a body-mind and spiritual healing system, having a great emphasis on prevention and wellness and treatment of imbalances through customized diet lifestyle, herbs, cleansing and rejuvenation therapies yoga, pranayama, and meditation.
" Swasthasya Swathya Rakshanam,Aturasya Vikar Prashamanam" Ch.Su.30-26
Ayurveda’s aim is to maintain health in a healthy person and to restore the balance in an imbalanced one.
How is Ayurveda beneficial for me?
We know today's life is very busy complex and competitive. With poor lifestyle choices such as an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, inadequate sleep, the feeling of destressing, it's quite challenging to maintain health. On top of that chronic conditions like chronic stress, anxiety, worry, being overweight, sleep problems take a great toll on our health.
Ayurveda recommends a better and healthy lifestyle. Dinacharya or Ayurvedic daily routine regularize your biological clack, improves digestion and metabolism improves sleep, reenergize your body and mind, and brings a positive health outcome.
Ayurveda also recommends making changes in our lifestyle according to the flow of seasons. As we are part of nature, we all are connected. That means environmental changes affect our internal balance. Adopting Ritucharya or seasonal regimes gives us the strength to cope with the stress of changing season.
One may think, I am following a healthy diet plan and exercise routine which was successful for my friend to lose weight but why am I still struggling? Because there is no one size fit all answer in Ayurveda. We all are different, unique. Ayurveda respects and acknowledges the uniqueness of an individual called Prakriti, constitution, or body-mind type.
It tries to find out the root cause of imbalances and recommends customized diet lifestyle plans, herbal supplements according to the individual’s constitution and health status.
Many studies have shown that prolong unhealthy lifestyle, constant stress lead to many chronic health conditions. Over the period of life we get exposed to various environmental toxins, we built up internal toxins because of deranged metabolism, psychological trauma, emotional abuse, negative emotions builds psychological-emotional toxins. All this toxic built up adversely affect our strength and immunity.
Ayurveda recommends a powerful cleansing and rejuvenating program called Panchakarma for the elimination of excess toxins and nourishing and rejuvenating bodily elements and restoring mind-body balance.
Last but not least Ayurveda creates self-awareness. It gives clarity of thoughts to think who we are? What's the aim of our life, how to listen to our own body and mind. It teaches us to respect food respect ourselves, community, and the environment, to take responsibility for our own health, then results of health peace, and happiness are not far away.
So are you ready to be respectful and responsible, then Ayurveda is for you!
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