Additional preface on Ayurveda

Hey guys and gals. In this post I want to offer you some additional information on Ayurveda. Again, Ayurveda originated in India and is a Sanscrit word that translates to “knowledge of life”. Ayurveda is a philosophy whose primary aim is holistic maintenance of health.  This holistic perspective of the enhancement of health is designed to prevent sickness from entering the body. However, Ayurveda does prescribe methods to eliminate sickness from the body should that need to do so arise. I will go into these methods in a later post.

In Ayurveda, every person is comprised of five basic elements. These elements are fire, water, space, air, and earth. These five elements combine in different combinations to produce various life energies called doshas. There are three main doshas:

Vata (formed from air and space)

Pita (formed from fire and water)

Kapha (formed from water and earth)

Each person possesses a unique mix of these three doshas.

Starting out with Ayurveda

Hello everyone. My name is Ben. I’m glad you’re joining me on this tour of Ayurveda. I’ve decided to get my life in order and one of the ways to do that is to practice some of the concepts of Ayurveda. I’m in the beginning stages of Ayurveda but from what I understand states that everything in the Universe is connected. It states that you are in harmony with the Universe-your mind, your body, and your soul. When you are out of harmony with the Universe, you can experience illness and below-optimum health.

Ayurveda medicine originated in India about 2000-3000 years ago. I’m doing this and returning to my clean eating practices and working out at least 3-4 days a week after taking extensive time off. I’m also working on relieving stress from my job. I’ve been doing pretty well with that thus far. I leave my work problems at work. When I’m home I don’t think about work. I also want to learn about yoga. Yoga is a great way to improve flexibility and strengthen your core muscle groups. I’ll share some basic poses with you as I learn them then in time move into some more advanced positions.

One of the things I like about Ayurveda is it’s not simply a pharmaceutical treatment to illness. It’s a spiritual, behavioral, and physical approach to well being. It’s not reactive-it’s proactive. Ayurveda is a holistic approach. That means it looks at everything in your life when treating illness. It also looks at everything in your life when maintaining well-being. It’s a “whole” approach. By everything I mean it looks at things around you from pollution in the atmosphere to your relationships with family and loved ones. You’re not just medicating a symptom or treating a virus. You’re strengthening your body, mind and spirit.

I also want to add that I am not speaking in a negative tone of medical treatment. Medicine has either reduced or eliminated numerous diseases that only 100 years ago ravaged much of the world, even many Western countries. It would be a mistake to downplay the field of medicine and pharmacology, especially after decades of scientific research. Ayurveda is simply an alternative way to view human health and promote total and complete health and harmony within oneself and with the Universe.

May everyone have a great weekend and i’ll return with more on Ayurveda!