In A Nutshell, What Is Ayurveda?

Angela Trucky is a Holistic Nutritionist and will be guiding an Asana & Ayurveda Winter Wellness Workshop on October 17, 2015 from 1-430pm. Not sure Ayurveda applies to you or what it even is? Read on to learn more. 

Everyone ultimately wants the same things in life- to be loved, to be healthy, and to be happy.

I like to think of living organically (in all aspects of life) as a great starting point to obtain these 3 ultimate common desires to which we focus our energy. Holistic wellness and nutrition, including aspects of Ayurveda, is a recipe for this love, health and happiness that we all search for.

Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit language and when broken down into the simplest forms means science of life. (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge).

Thousands of years ago before modern medicine and scientific proof of the mind-body connection, Ayurveda was developed as natural healing system first originating in India. 

Ayurveda offers practical tools and guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, and other insights for living in balance, maintaining health and avoiding illness. More than just a method to treat illness it also offers a wisdom, created to help people raise their vitality as well as the opportunity to realize their full human potential on this planet. 

We are all different, no one is exactly alike, and with this we all require slightly different things to make us happy and healthy. This aspect of Ayurveda is called a Dosha. Each Dosha is based upon an element- Pitta (fire), Vata (air), and Kapha (earth). By understanding your individual and unique mind-body characteristics (Dosha) and what specific needs come from each, it becomes a very personalized approach to health allowing you to make the best possible choices and decisions for your diet, exercise, and overall lifestyle. 

The discipline is holistic, meaning it looks at the whole person – the integration of body, mind, and spirit – rather than simply one or the other. 

Taking the holistic aspect even further, it looks at us, as humans, as an intricate part of the entire universe. Ayurveda views life as a transfer of information and energy between each individual and their secondary or extended body – the environment. 

If our environment is full of nourishment, we thrive; if our environment is negative and toxic; we may become sick. It is such a simple concept that we all can definitely grasp, and so by learning how to eliminate toxicity and surround ourselves with a positive and healing environment, we realize that we have been holding the key to our ultimate health and happiness this whole time. 

I don't know about you, but even this little nutshell of insight is life changing in my mind. 

 "Freedom from illness depends upon expanding our own awareness, bringing it into balance, and then extending that balance to the body." Deepak Chopra

Written by Angela Trucky. 

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