Introduction to Ayurveda
Ayurveda is a system of healing unlike any other, offering a unique approach to health care in the form of self-discovery. With its roots in ancient India, Ayurveda is a tradition thought to be over five thousand years old. Today, Ayurvedic medicine is respected by the government of India and is offered in treatment centers and hospitals around the country.1 Join us as we explore Ayurveda’s westward expansion, its basic principles, and how the Ayurvedic Profile™ quiz can help you harness the power of Ayurveda to achieve your own optimal state of wellness.
What Is Ayurveda?
The name “Ayurveda” is derived from two words in Sanskrit, “ayuh” meaning “life” or “longevity” and “veda” meaning “science” or “sacred knowledge.” Ayurveda’s definition therefore roughly translates as “the science of longevity” or “the sacred knowledge of life.”
At its root, Ayurveda is a holistic tradition and way of living that can help each of us to claim and celebrate our capacity for wellness. Ayurveda can help us:
- Sync up with our truest inner nature
- Honor and develop our strengths
- Hone in on our challenge areas
- Redirect detrimental tendencies
- Maintain balance in the face of adversity
In other words, Ayurveda is not simply about taking an herbal formula and waiting for the results. Instead, Ayurveda encourages you to be an active participant in your own journey toward healing. This involves learning about your relationship with the elements and the unique combinations they create called doshas, which we will explore below. First, let’s take a look at Ayurveda’s background.