Introduction to Ayurveda
It has been 5000 years since Ayurveda, one of the oldest healthcare philosophies, arose on Indian land. Since then, through deep observation and rich experience, this unique medical system developed wide essential knowledge (veda) about the human condition (ayur) and diversified methods of therapies to bring the treasure of longevity to our evolving humanity.
The power of the Ayurvedic approach lies in the way it sees every individual as a whole and unique being, beautiful and rich in both physical and mental complexity. This holistic system encourages us to develop and refine all four aspects of our nature: intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual. Ayurveda acknowledges that any disturbance or disability of the mind leads straight to dis-ease of the body, so it pays particular attention to re-establishing the balance between heart and our brain
At the same time the wisdom of Ayurveda compares the complex makeup of an individual being to the complexity of the whole universe. Thus it endeavors to bring us closer to nature and helps us to understand the five basic elements that contain life force (prana): Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. According to this ancient knowledge they structure our body and mind and constantly influence and interact with each other in us.
Based on the deepest understanding of these principles Ayurveda helps us to discover our true and unchangeable nature, prakriti (the state of our body and mind at the moment of birth) and describes it as the reservoir of our potential and sometimes hidden capacities. It provides us also with an analysis of our present situation, vikriti, as the actual point of reference for the body and mind. By reading and understanding our physical and mental condition, the practitioner is able to recognize the points of imbalance in the system, which western medicine calls ‘disease’.
Traditional Ayurveda, as a very real art of healing, brings proven remedies to most of our human health problems through different treatments with different effects, such as massage (abhjanga), oil therapy (shirodhara), reflexology and releasing blockages on the physical, emotional and energetic levels (marma), cleansing of the whole body, proper diet (light and digestible biofood, harmonious and correct use of spices) and medical herbs.
Nevertheless, from its roots Ayurveda is primarily an art of preventing disease. Thanks to universal medical and philosophical advice, when applied on a daily basis as directed we are able to protect ourselves from all kind of unnecessary problems. Ayurveda helps us in our purpose to find inner and outer harmony in the body we are born with, on our unique path to a potentially long and peaceful life.