Ayurveda is the knowledge of personal health originating in India, over 5000 years ago. In Sanskrit it means “The Science of Life.” In Vedic culture it was taught for thousands of years. Western principals of Homeopathy have their roots in Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is about promoting optimal health through life balance, applying good habits in thinking, diet, and natural herbs. The science urges the understanding of one’s unique construct of mind, body, and emotion to bring about balance and optimal health.
The science teaches about inside and outside factors, which contribute to imbalance. For instance, mental and emotional stress can be traced to factors such as food choices, disease, relationships, and even weather. With the knowledge of Ayurveda, one can minimize or remove the causes of imbalance. The idea is to understand and identify, then correct and apply.
The Science of Ayurveda maintains three energy principals: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The energy principals are related to the biology of the body. Recognizing the activity of cells in the body concerning nutrients, metabolism, and structure. Ayurveda argues disease is attributed to poor cell health and the absence or lack of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. This however is only part of the science. Ayurveda also teaches the harmony of Vata, Pitta and Kapha with natural elements of Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Together everything creates a health and conscious health philosophy.
In short, the energy principals are quickly explained with the following descriptions:
Vata – The energy of body movement. The movement of heart activity, muscle activity, breathing take place on a cellular level.
Pitta – The energy of the metabolic system. The bodies digestion, absorption, metabolism, and body temperature.
Kapha – The energy of the body structure. The maintenance of bones, muscles, and tendons.
Ayurveda presents opportunities to directly affect the challenges we can control. We may not be able to control many things in this world; however, we can control what we eat and how we live and think. Ayurveda shines light about the choices we make and how we can manage things which affect one’s mind, body, and emotions.
For those unfamiliar with this ancient knowledge, it is urged to explore and adopt many of the principals into your own life and experience the many benefits Ayurveda offers.