Ayurveda is holistic medical system that comes from India. It has the same roots as yoga and many forms of meditation, outlined in ancient texts called The Vedas, written about 4,000 years ago. In Sanskrit, the word ayus means ‘life’ and veda means ‘knowledge’. Ayurveda is about using the knowledge of (your) life, of every part of yourself and your sensory experience, to help you manage inputs like diet, movement (exercise), environment, behavior, and relationships with awareness, to cultivate longevity, vitality, radiance, and luminosity while simultaneously preventing physiological or psychological imbalance. If imbalance does arise, Ayurveda offers a diagnostic system to identify the source of the dis-ease as well as a treatment plan inclusive of herbal remedy, bodywork, dietary and lifestyle protocol to return you to a state of health.
Known as a vidya, or living science, Ayurveda is very much a science of Nature, meaning the science itself is evolving as Nature evolves while still being subject to fundamental natural laws. Your organism is in sympathetic resonance with the natural world within which you operate; adopting nature’s cyclical rhythms into your life is the precept of the practices taught by the Vedic sciences.
The Sanskrit word for health is svasthya; it means
- self-dependence: one’s own stand to protect life
- self-abiding: relying on one's own exertion; confident
- being in one's natural state; uninjured, at ease
- a sound state of the body and mind
sva , swa
self 〰️ innate, natural, inherent, particular, belonging to one self
state or place 〰️ established, to stand, do well, live
Ayurveda aims to restore your natural state, your balance, so you may be free of mental and physical afflictions.