Ayurveda is a way of life.
Literally it means ayu ie: life and veda ie: science; hence meaning the science of life.
Ayurveda is an Indian wellness system that is about 5000 years old combining medicine, surgery and life management. It uses whatever is available in nature; herbs, animals and minerals to prevent and treat diseased conditions and also to promote health and vigour and thus quality and span of life. It is preventative, curative and a health promoter.
We are all born with a natural instinct that knows the right thing to do. A baby will sleep, feed, poo, burp and play all at the times he/she needs to do it. It’s when we grow up that we lose touch with ourselves. We forget how we used to bend our little, flexible bodies into perfect yogic postures.
I see my toddler son doing it so many times. He moves his arms and legs in particular position without anyone telling him and I think “Wow! He is doing Vajrasana right now”.
Kids don’t eat when they are not hungry and when they ARE, they can’t wait to eat. They never hold on the urge to sneeze, cough, burp, urinate or defecate. Try and put an energetic, excited child to bed. All mums know what I’m talking about! But if they are really tired it doesn’t matter if there are thousand drums beating, they will just sleep.
That’s what exactly ayurveda says. It emphasizes the importance of food, sleep and brahmcharya (which I like to say is a disciplined use of sense organs) in maintaining life.
As we grow, conditionings of our parents, siblings, peers, teachers and society changes the way we eat, sleep and think. We forget more and more who we are and what our bodies (and minds) actually need.
It’s all very simple and very hard at the same time.
Ayurveda is all about knowing when to do the right thing about pretty much everything. Food, exercise, meditation, study, work, social behavior, thoughts, charity, compassion, having babies, praying, getting sick, getting old and finally dying.
It has daily routines, seasonal routines, yearly routines, food rules, mind rules, yoga. And if you still fall sick, it helps you get better through herbs and therapies.
I welcome the opportunity to introduce you to the wellness world of Ayurveda.