Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest whole-body health care systems. It is commonly introduced as the sister science of Yoga, as both come out of the same ancient Vedic teachings and creation theory.
Ayurveda is the science of longevity. It arose out of the quest to understand all aspects of life, from birth to death, and all aspects of our being, from the physical to the spiritual. Whereas Yoga aims to transcend ego-body identification through the training of the mind, Ayurveda aims to keep the body in good, balanced, harmonious, clear channeled health so that one’s higher aspirations can be pursued. It is focused on creating an optimal environment inside for healing and opening to take place, by treating the root cause of the symptom.
Some foundational principles:
Nature is composed of the five elements—Ether, Air, Fire, Water, Earth
The functional aspects of life are governed by three fundamental organizing principles, known as the Doshas: Vata (Air + Ether), Pitta (Fire + a little Water), Kapha (Water + Earth)
We are part of Nature, and each of us is a unique makeup of the 5 elements, which form our Doshic constitution
There are 20 qualities of matter, existing in 10 pairs of opposites (ie: hot/cold, gross/subtle, heavy/light, moist/dry, sharp/dull, mobile/static, etc.)
When something goes out of balance, dis-ease happens, and the opposite quality is needed to restore
Nature is medicine