What is Ayurveda?

Jun 15, 2012 | Ayurveda, Food

So, what is Ayurveda? And.. “how do you say it again”?

Ayurveda (Sanskrit: आयुर्वेद; Meaning, “the knowledge of life”) is the natural health science, or traditional medicine, of India and is the world’s oldest continually practiced health care system. It is a system of health care developed through centuries of observation, discussion and meditation which studies all facets of life from infancy through to old age. It is one of the few complimentary medicines that have been recognised by the World Health Organisation.

Ayurveda emphasizes the prevention of disease, rejuvenation of the body, the health of our digestive fire, and the extension of our life span. The profound promise of Ayurveda is that through changes to diet & lifestyle, not only can we prevent disease but live a long, healthy life in balance and harmony. It provides an integrated approach to the prevention and treatment of illness through lifestyle changes and natural therapies.

Ayurveda, with its holistic focus on health, is the world’s fastest growing complimentary health science. It is now practiced outside of its home in India, in countries as far afield as Holland, Russia, USA, Japan and Australia. The study of Ayurveda holds great appeal for those interested in health studies because it expands the range of health assessment instruments and fills the gaps in therapeutic treatments available in our current health care system.

Until recently, the only study option for students of Ayurveda was the Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery (BAMS), a six year degree course only available in India. However, fortunately for those of us unable to leave our homes for so long, the Australasian Institute of Ayurvedic Studies provides qualifications for those interested in a career as an Ayurvedic Consultant or Practitioner.

For further information, check out these incredibly interesting and helpful books:

  • Prakriti, Your Ayurvedic Constitution ~ Dr. Robert E. Svoboda
  • Ayurvedic Healing, A Comprehensive Guide ~ Dr. David Frawley
  • Yoga For Your Type ~ Dr. David Frawley & Sandra Summerfield Kozak M.S
  • Ayurveda and the Mind ~ Dr. David Frawley

For amazing Ayurvedic retreats in the gorgeous Byron Bay surrounds, check out the Mudita Institute. My beautiful Yogini friend, Lorien Waldron, is a certified Ayurvedic Consultant in the Byron Bay area, and offers Ayurvedic Massage as part of the Mudita Institute’s retreats.

Share your comments below if you already know and love Ayurveda.

And I’d especially love to hear from you if Ayurveda is completely new for you – shout out with any questions!

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