What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is known as the science of life and it teaches us how to approach our life. It’s a holistic system of medicine, native to India, and is still in practice today, after thousands of years of being passed down both orally and in written form. Ayurveda is vast and includes simple techniques and practices as well as more sophisticated surgical techniques and healing practices.
Ayurveda is considered a Vedic science, alongside yoga, Ayurvedas sister science. All Vedic sciences are meant to be teachings for the development of full human physical, mental, and spiritual potential.
Ayurvedic Definition of Health:
SAMADOSHAHA, SAMAGRISHVAHA, SAMADHATUMALAKRIYAHA, PRASSANNATMATMOINDRIYAMANOHA, SWASTHA, ITYABHIDHIYIATE SU.SA. 15.41
"A healthy person is established in self, with balanced doshas and agni, properly formed tissues, has proper elimination of wastes, properly functioning body processes, has clarity of mind and sense and is able to experiences the bliss of knowing self."
In Ayurveda, one’s individual nature, or mind-body type, is called a dosha.
The doshas are made up of the 5 elements:
vata (air + ether)
pitta (fire + water)
kapha (earth + water)
Each person is a unique combination of these 3 doshas, with different proportions of each dosha existing within.
The proportion of each element that you have in your body influences what and how you eat, how you exercise, when and how you sleep, and even where you live.
I began my study of Ayurveda in 2011 where I learned the basics and how to apply its principles to my daily life to improve my health and wellbeing. I reconnected with and studied Ayurveda in more depth from 2014 to 2015 during advanced yoga teacher trainings. In 2013, I began to offer workshops on Stress Management using the tools of Yoga and Ayurveda and the principles of it naturally became interwoven into my Private Yoga Therapy sessions. Most recently, I delved deep when I went to India and received training on fundamental principles and diagnosing methods. Because of my familiarity with the concepts and principles of Ayurveda, I began offering consultations right away during my 4 month stay in India.
Himalayan Institute 200 hour teacher training (2011)
Began offering workshops on Stress Management using the tools of Yoga and Ayurveda and the principles of it naturally became interwoven into my Private Yoga Therapy sessions (2013 - present)
Himalayan Institute 500 hour teacher training (2014)
Applying Ayurveda to Yoga Therapy (2015)
Principles and the Physiology of Ayurveda, Rishikesh, India (2017)
Diagnosing Methods and Skills of Ayurveda, Rishikesh, India (2017)
Herbology and Dietary Treatments of Ayurveda, Rishikesh, India (November 2018)
Brahma gives us food
Vishnu the ability to find its essence
Shiva cooks this essence into us
When you eat with this awareness
The food becomes pure and no toxins stay in you
Annam brahma, Raso Vishnu
Pakto Devo Mahesvara
Evam Jnatva Tu Yo Bhunkte
Anna Dosho Na Lipyate