Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that when translated to English means the “Science of Life”. It is India’s 5,000 year old practice of finding and maintaining balance physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally within yourself and with nature. It is a guide to all of our activities in life from the time we wake up to the time we go to sleep.
Yoga, meditation and nutrition are integral to Ayurveda. How we feel mentally and spiritually has a direct impact on how we feel physically and vice versa. Everything that our bodies digest from what we eat to what kind of movies we watch effects how we feel. It is essential to nurture your spiritual, mental and emotional needs to create balance in your life.
In Ayurveda, there are three Doshas, Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These are a constitution that we’re born with. Vata consists of Air and Space, Pitta consists of Fire and Water and Kapha consists of Water and Earth. Everyone has a combination of these elements in their bodies. Generally, one or two Doshas predominate. So, someone might be considered Vata or they may be Vata/Pitta. The combination of these elements create certain characteristics within our bodies and minds.
My journey to Ayurveda is a relatively straight forward one as life altering journeys go. I’ve been interested in natural medicine, yoga, acupuncture, and Ayurveda for many years. Prior to my Ayurvedic journey I found myself worn down, overwhelmed, depressed, tired, and stressed. I knew I needed help and I really fought the typical track of relying on western medicine. My path to Ayurveda evolved from my quest to bring myself back to balance. Following a year of study at Sai Ayurvedic College in Miami and a month of study in India, I am now a Certified Ayurvedic Health and Wellness Counselor.