Ayurveda literally means 'the art of living wisely' and is an ancient medical system that originated in India several thousand years ago and is as relevant today as it was then. It helps us to live a healthier and more balanced lifestyle and encompasses diet and nutrition, medicinal herbs, massage, yoga, meditation, rest and relaxation, along with cleansing and rejuvenation programmes for healing the mind, body and spirit.
Ayurveda teaches you to take responsibility for your own health according to the different stages of your life, the seasons, and the environment you live, work and play in. These factors all have a big impact on our health and it makes sense to adapt your diet and lifestyle accordingly so you can live in harmony with your body and mind.
Ayurveda recognises that we are all unique and so Sarah formulates a tailor made, individualised personal wellness programme that deals with your individual health requirements.
The play of the doshas
According to ayurveda, health is a perfect state of balance between the body's three fundmental energies or doshas (vita, pitta, kapha) and an equally vital balance among body, mind and soul or consciousness. In working to create health, Ayurveda therefore takes in to consideration all those different levels of life and how they interconnect.
from the moment of conception, your individual constition is created by the energies of Space, Air, Fire Water and Earth. These elements combine to form the three fundamental energies or doshas.
In our bodies, these three doshas or humours govern our psychobiological functioning. Vata-pitta-kapha are present in every cell, tissue and organ. When in balance they create health. When out of balance they create disease.
Ayurveda teaches us that we have a constitution, our own mix of the doahas, which is our individual psychobiological makeup. In modern terms we speak of this blue print as our inherited genetic code, from ancient times Ayurveda has called it ‘prakruti’, a constant factor that does not change throughout life. It is our own unique pattern of energy, our combination of physical, mental and emotional characteristics that is .
The underlying structure of our prakruti remains a fixed reality, but it is bombarded by numerous forces every day of our lives. Changes in the environment, age, emotions, the food we eat and the work we do will all affect us and our natural constitution. Unhealthy diet, excess stress, insufficient rest or exercise and repressed emotions all disturb our doshic balance. Depending on the type of changes and the individuals underlying constitution, various ailments may develop:
These conditions upset the body’s inner ecology, creating biochemical changes that may ultimately lead to disease. Therefore, the Ayurvedic system of medicine stresses the need to treat the individuals current doshic balance – the vikriti. The internal and external conditions of our lives are constantly changing and to remain healthy we need to constantly adjust to these changes in order to maintain our equilibrium
To maintain health and balance we have to juggle with the three doshas, taking action to increase or decrease vata, pitta or kapha as conditions demand. This requires moment to moment awareness, consciousness and healing.
Ayurveda is not a passive form of therapy but instead asks you to take responsibility for your own daily living. Through our diet, our relationships, our work, and our daily life as a whole, we can take simple actions for prevention, self healing, wholeness and growth toward fulfilment.
Whatever your age, lifestyle or state of health, Ayurveda can help you rediscover your own unique state of positive health so you can meet life’s challenges with renewed vitality and confidence.