What is Ayurveda
Ayurveda or the Ayurvedic medicine system is the traditional healing system of India, which originated over 5,000 years back. The fundamentals of Ayurveda can be found in Hindu scriptures called the Vedas — the ancient Indian books of wisdom. It is believed to be the oldest healing science in existence; from which all other systems emerged that’s why it is also called ‘The Mother of All Medicines’. The term Ayurveda has coined from two Sanskrit words--ayur, which means life, and veda, which means science or knowledge thus Ayurveda literally means “the Knowledge of life” or “the science of life”.
It is a holistic healing science that not only deals with treatment of diseases but also is a complete way of life, as it believes that life is a combination of senses, mind, body and soul. Hence Ayurveda does not limit itself to body or physical symptoms but also gives a comprehensive knowledge about spiritual, mental and social health. Ayurveda helps us to understand our body; our particular nature; and our individual mixture of elements at a deep physical, mental and emotional level. This knowledge further guide us to identify activities, conditions, herbs and foods that either keep us healthy and in balance, or make us ill and throw us out of balance. In this way Ayurveda help an individual to discover the knowledge of living and health.
Ayurveda is also considered as a sister science of yoga. Both the Ayurveda and yoga developed parallel to each other and have been supportive of one another since ancient times. As a “flexible body brings a flexible mind” - so too does a balanced and purified system help bring about success on the mat and access to a more ‘sattvic’ or harmonious being.