Ayurveda is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life.” Ayurvedic knowledge originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is often called the “Mother of All Healing.” It stems from the ancient Vedic culture and was taught for many thousands of years in an oral tradition from accomplished masters to their disciples. Some of this knowledge was set to print a few thousand years ago, but much of it is inaccessible. The principles of many of the natural healing systems now familiar in the West have their roots in Ayurveda, including Homeopathy and Polarity Therapy.
Ayurveda focuses on the power of the mind to heal the body using herbal treatment, diet and yogic breathing. Practitioners focus on understanding the unique physiological processes, the environmental inputs, and the genetic predisposition that influence every person’s experience of health and disease. Ayurveda identifies three basic types of energy or functional principles that are present in everyone and everything. Since there are no single words in English that convey these concepts, we use the original Sanskrit words vata, pitta and kapha. These principles can be related to the basic biology of the body.
The College of Ayurveda (UK) is accredited by the British Complementary Medicine Association and mixes home-schooling as well as classroom education and one-to-one tutor guidance to help students learn around their lifestyle. It teaches everything from achieving the best nutritional balance to the optimal physical, meatal and emotional balances through the depth of the body and aura.
Ayurveda understands that we feel differently from season to season, and that our bodies and minds react one way to summer’s heat and brightness, and react another way to winter’s cold weather. We are also more prone to illnesses or discomforts at different times of the year and we crave different foods also at different times of the year. Not living in tune with the seasons can unbalance us. Chinese medicine, acupuncture, breath work and aromatherapy are a complement to the holistic science of Ayurveda.
It says you should always choose seasonal nutrition for the right balance and improve your wellbeing with essential oils and finally to breathe right.
Practicing mindful breathing will make you feel relaxed and energized and is one of the most common and important techniques for being able to meditate. A brilliant book on the subject is ‘Ayurveda for Modern Life‘, by Emine Rushton.
Health expert and sceptic Eminé Kali Rushton was converted to an Ayurvedic approach during pregnancy, when she discovered how eating and living according to the ancient Indian principles of Ayurveda rebalances the body for the better. Ayurveda teaches that we each have a dosha a basic body type that defines our personality and physical wellbeing, from the foods we crave to those that spark allergies and increase weight gain. This book is the first to decode this 5,000-year-old science of wellbeing specifically for busy, modern lives. It shows just how simple and practical a body-balancing seasonal lifestyle can be, helping you beat stress, lose weight and feel energised and positive every day.
After determining your dosha type, it teaches how to eat for your own dosha, to promote speedy and sustainable weight loss and make your body feel light, vital, energized and beautiful again. There is a simple 3-day diet plan and 30 seasonal recipes using supermarket ingredients. Includes expert advice from leading nutritionist Eve Kalinik, seasonality expert Annee de Mamiel and the founder of The Organic Pharmacy, Margo Marrone.
Health expert Claire Paphitis who is a qualified ayurvedic consultant wrote in Natural Health Magazine that comfort and warmth is the name of the ayurvedic game this autumn so you need to prep your bodies for the cooler months ahead.