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7 Simple Things You Should Know About Ayurveda And Your Health
If you’ve spent any time in a Yoga class, you might have come across Ayurveda.
It’s understandable if it still seems mysterious and complicated. Ayurveda (pronounced: “ah-yer-vey-duh”) is a beautifully complex system. But if you start at the foundation, it is equally beautiful in its simplicity.
Let’s start with seven simple facts to explain the basics about this ancient approach to improved health and wellness.
1) Ayurveda and Yoga have ancient roots in the Indian Sub-continent. The dynamic duo has evolved side-by-side for 5,000 years.
2) Ayurveda is the science of life and living harmoniously in the body, mind and in our environment. It literally translates as: Ayur- life, Veda- sacred knowledge.
3) Ayurveda serves as a guide to healthy living and as a holistic system of medicine. The ultimate goal of both Yoga and Ayurveda is to attain a state of physical, mental and spiritual harmony that will allow us to realize Consciousness.
4) At a fundamental level, Ayurveda identifies five elements as the building blocks of all matter. These elements include space, air, fire, water and earth.
5) According to Ayurveda, the five elements are energetically represented in the human body by the three vital energies (Doshas):
- Vata (space & air)
- Pita (fire & water)
- Kapha (water & earth)
6) There can be no physical health without a strong digestive fire, Agni (pronounced: “ugh-nee”). Agni is our power to transform nourishment into something we can use to grow and develop both physically and spiritually.
7) To maintain health and help alleviate disease, Ayurveda focuses on diet, lifestyle, and herbal therapies to balance the vital energies.
So, the next time you come across Ayurveda you have these seven simple facts to get you started. You can create a lifestyle and diet that compliment your yoga practice, and also reap the benefits of healing therapies.
Take your practice to the next level and consider learning more about Yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda.