What is Ayurveda?

shankaraAyurveda is the ancient wisdom brought about thousands of years ago, discovered in meditation through the great rishis of India. This science was originally passed down through an oral tradition and was eventually written in the great classical texts, such as the Charak Samhita, Ashtanga Hrydayam and Sushruta Samhita. These texts, among, others are now our door ways into this great science.

Ayurveda is commonly known and generically defined as the “science of life.” A more in depth look, however, can open you to the multitude of meanings this science really has to offer. Ayurveda is a not just the science of life, but more specifically the wisdom to balance, harmonize and empower each individual in their own personal needs, to obtain their best quality of life. Ayurveda is strongly rooted in the idea that health is not just the absence of disease; health is a good quality of life- body, mind and soul.

There is no “one size fits all” or “magical pill” in the path of Ayurveda. Rather, it is a science of discovering the root cause of each condition and utilizing various holistic modalities in order to truly rid the body of dis-ease. Although there are many methods to pacify the symptoms when needed, this is only done in collaboration with the treatment of the root cause of the disease. With the proper dedication and discipline, in time, Ayurveda has the ability to empower each person with the knowledge, clarity and awareness to be their own judge of what they may need to find balance at any given moment. This is the beauty of Ayurveda and is the precise reason this science is not a new fad, but more appropriately an age-old tradition.

All of this being said, Ayurveda is healing that can only be done with the proper effort of each individual and the proper guidance of a practitioner. It is a transformation in progress. When done with patience, grace and integrity, Ayurveda has the ability to transform an individual in all aspects of being- in the realms of the physical, mental and spiritual body. It is highly revered in its ability to preserve the life force (Prana) and vitality (Ojas), as well as allowing one to find peace, harmony and balance in daily life.