A wonderful teacher of mine, Tias Little, once said that Yoga teaches you how to die, and Ayurveda teaches you how to live. 

Ayus=Life, Longevity Veda=Study, Knowledge

Ayurveda is not a new age fad.

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 life and 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.

Through direct observation, study and deep contemplation, the ancient rishis realized the principles upon which Ayurveda has thrived.

Some foundational principles: 

  • Nature is composed of the five elements—Ether, Air, Fire, Water, Earth.

  • We are part of Nature, and each of us is a unique makeup of the 5 elements, in body-mind.

  • 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.

Ayurveda in the Modern World

Ayurveda doesn’t try to pretend that we still exist in a world without planes and the internet. It’s a 24/7 “on” world we live in today, and a person can travel halfway around it in less than 24 hours. It’s amazing, truly, how much more “connected” we are.

Ayurveda also doesn’t try to pretend we live in a world without processed food, GMOs, pesticides, and factory farming. Or that we are with our phones more than we are with our breath. Or that we are living with chronic stress to “survive” in times where nothing seems to be free, not even clean air. Today’s world is having an impact on us, our bodies, the way we interact with them, our relationship with Nature, and Nature herself. And this is where the beauty of Ayurveda comes in.

Ayurveda has one desire: to return our health to a state of harmony that is aligned with Nature. To rebalance, regulate and strengthen our systems, be it digestive, nervous, lymphatic, endocrine, reproductive, etc. The principles, tools and practices of Ayurveda connect us back to our body’s natural rhythms, and in turn to Nature.