Ayurveda is one of the oldest health care systems in the world dating back over 5,000 years.
The Sanskrit meaning of Ayurveda is Ayur- meaning life and Veda as knowledge. The ancient texts of the Vedas, the Caraka expands on this definition telling us that Ayur is “the combination of the body, sense organs, mind and soul”.
The second part of the word veda can be translated as “knowledge” or “science” but more specifically suggests a profound knowledge that emanates from a divine source, and therefore Ayurveda is known as The Divine Science of Life.
Ayurveda preserves the health in the healthy and aims to cure the health of the diseased. This is possible through conscious living and awareness.
Ayurvedic texts have recognised three body types or Doshas as they are known. We are born with our life-long constitution (Prakruti) which in Sanskrit means ‘Nature’, Creativity’ or ‘The first creation’. This basic constitution is fixed throughout our lifetime as is our DNA and our fingerprint. This however will move and change according to our lifestyle and environment. So our current state of health, known as our Vikruti may be in an altered and unbalanced state if we do not live in accordance with and in harmony with our body, mind and our soul. Perfect equilibrium is achieved when our current dosha is in balance with our Prakruti. This is achieved through diet, lifestyle and meditation.
The three Doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Once the Dosha is identified, imbalances can be overcome through simple diet and lifestyle changes.
FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING THE THREE DOSHAS CAN BE FOUND HERE >>
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