Ayurveda - a consciousness based healing system
Ayurveda means wisdom of life - ayus = life / veda = wisdom. This wisdom of life was written more than 5,000 years ago, in the oldest language known to man - sanskrit.
Charaka Samhita and Susruta Samhita are the two ancient books that passed on the wisdom of life known today as the Indian Traditional Medicine - Ayurveda. These books mainly describe the perfect routine to ignite the inner-healing power of the physical body, so the mind and the soul can meet and human beings can achieve an enlightened state.
The principles of Ayurveda are based on the philosophy that healing starts with conscious daily choices. Prana is the life force that guides the spirit to bring movement into the physical body, and Apana is the part of prana responsible for the last exhale, where life force leaves the physical realm. Our daily choices can bring more prana into our system, or it can deplete the prana we have been collecting.
We use prana everyday, so it is important to incorporate simple techniques into our daily routine that will replenish our prana and bring more vitality, glow and health into our bodies.
Ayurveda also states that every being is different - meaning that we all have a unique bodily constitution. All that exists is made out of the five elements: space, air, fire, water and earth.
And so are we. In the moment we are born, we receive our prakriti - our inherent tendency. These will form the characteristics that influence our personality, our talents and our physical strength. As we move through life, and share new elements with our practices, we accumulate new tendencies, and this forms our vikruti - our current tendency state.
There are three doshas, or constitutions, in Ayurveda:
VATA: space & air / some characteristics of a vata dosha are: thin and light frame, quick and changeable nature, movement and creative energy.
PITTA: fire & water / some characteristics of a pitta dosha are: strong and medium built, intense and penetrating gaze, great leaders and decision-makers.
KAPHA: water & earth / some characteristics of a kapha dosha are: broad shoulders and hips, slow and steady energy, loyal and caretaker abilities.
So, our prakruti determines our inherent nature - the personality we were born with. Whereas our vikruti determines our current nature, the being life has transformed us to become.
To treat imbalances in Ayurveda we always look for the vikruti dosha. And the first step for Ayurvedic healing is awareness. Meditation and conscious observation on a daily basis is the key to understand your tendencies. Only then, we can make decisions that will support a healthy balance of our doshas.
We ignite our inner-healing system, using our five senses to guide us in the right direction:
SIGHT: the colors we surround ourselves with everyday can influence our dosha
SMELL: some aromas can really calms us, ground us, cool us off, heat us up, bring back different emotions and support our balanced state of health
SOUND: music can have some really powerful effects on our wellbeing, and once you discover your dosha you can support your dosha to find balance
TASTE: we are what we eat. choosing your daily meals carefully will have a everlasting effect on your health
TOUCH: our skin is our largest organ, and it is highly absorbing - so be careful what you put on your body - simple rule is "if you can eat it, you can rub it". each dosha requires a different base oil to support a balanced lifestyle
Ayurveda is just a simple guide, but the driving force of your health is you - conscious daily choices will shape the form of your health.