What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is the ancient healing system of India that incorporates the important balance of mind and body. In Ayurveda, dis-ease comes from a state of mental or physical imbalance due to the accumulation of ama (toxins). Ayurveda aims to alleviate the cause of that imbalance through purifying body therapies, lifestyle shifts and nutritional changes.
The goal of treatment is to cleanse your body of undigested food, which can stay in your body and lead to illness. The cleansing process—called “panchakarma”— is designed to reduce your symptoms and restore harmony and balance to your body, wellbeing so to translate into every day aspects of your life.
Ayurveda, which translates as “knowledge of life,” dates back 5,000 years to the ancient Sanskrit texts, the Vedas. It’s a system of healing that examines physical constitution, emotional nature, and spiritual outlook in the context of the universe. According to the philosophy, universal life force manifests as three different energies, or doshas, known as vata, pitta, and kapha. We’re all made up of a unique combination of these three forces. Your individual treatment is based on your Dosha and any illness or imbalances you are experiencing.
Learn More about Ayurveda Practice from Whitney from Northstate Ayurveda, one of our practitioners.
Learn More about the three Doshas from Yoga Journal