What is Ayurveda?
The word Ayurveda comes from the ancient Indian language Sanskrit. It translates as “Science of Life” and is often referred to as Traditional Indian Medicine. Ayurveda is said to have originated more than 5000 years ago and is believed to be the oldest & most complete health system known to man. The first written evidence is contained in the Atharva Veda circa 3000 B.C. Ancient texts help to explain the origins and workings of the universe and life as we know it. Ayurvedic texts specifically teach us how to lead a healthy and happy life thus enabling us to realise our full potential.
At Satmya we place great importance in upholding the sacred teachings of the classical texts & endeavour to practice Ayurveda in accordance with these teachings. Doug, the Ayurvedic practitioner & teacher at Satmya studied Ayurveda in Australia and he practices classical North Indian Ayurveda.
Ayurveda (Traditional Indian Medicine) is an ancient natural health science that believes in maintaining a balance of energies (Vata, Pitta & Kapha) within the body in accordance with the external environment in which it resides. According to Ayurveda everything in the universe (including our bodies) is composed of 5 elements and these elements manifest as three energies, that is Vata (Ether & Air), Pitta (Fire & Water) & Kapha (Water & Earth). With each season an accumulation, alleviation or aggravation of one or more Doshas may occur, affecting our bodies either positively or negatively.
The study of seasons is called Rtucharya and it provides information on diet, cleanses, herbal medicines and activities best suited to any particular season. This seasonal awareness allows us to live in balance & harmony with our environment.Although Ayurveda offers a fairly straight forward approach to health, the complexities lie with balancing individual differences combined with seasonal variations. Nothing can be isolated and the whole picture must be examined before a problem is addressed or a solution sought. To get the most from Ayurveda, awareness about your individual constitution (Dosha) will allow you to completely embrace the Ayurvedic lifestyle.
Every persons’ body is made up of the 3 Doshas (energies) in varying proportions often with a predominance of one or more Dosha, eg Vata, Pitta or Kapha or a combination such as “Vata Pitta”, “Pitta Kapha” or “Vata Kapha”. Each season will therefore affect people in different ways depending upon their constitution & health.
Ayurveda seeks to balance the body before it becomes aggravated (“prevention is better than cure”). It anticipates imbalances before they arise and in so doing takes the correct measures to avoid or reduce the severity of the problem.The Ayurvedic year is divided into 6 distinct seasons, that is Spring, Summer, Rainy Season, Autumn, Early Winter & Late Winter.
To maintain optimum health through Ayurveda one can choose from a vast range of medicines, therapies and practices such as Yogic exercises, Meditation, Vedic astrology, Panchakarma cleanses, decoctions, herbs, tonics, consultations, fertility and rejuvenating treatments etc.
The practical knowledge of self-healing is accessible to everyone through Ayurveda