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What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda, Sanskrit for Knowledge of Life, is an ancient body of information that allies itself with nature. It is comprehensive in that it takes into account the fact humans are not separate from nature and focuses on the underlying intelligence of the body to bring it back into balance.

Ayurveda’s aim is to provide guidance about daily practices, diet, and offers an understanding of nature and how it works within the body and outside of it through the Law of Least Effort, which is the act of aligning with the infinite organizing power of nature rather than struggling or trying to force things.

Ayurveda Five Elements

Ayurveda utilizes the theory of the five great elements—known as the mahabhutas

Vata Dosha


Air + Ether

Pitta Dosha


Fire + Water

Kapha Dosha


Earth + Water

Mahabhutas manifest in our bodies as doshas


Health is in balance when all three doshas (bio-energy) and agni (metabolic process/fires) are in balance.

Ayurveda respects that no two humans are the same and what brings one person into balance may be different for another.

Prevention—better than a cure

The true essence of Ayurveda is prevention and the principal that health is dependent on the balance of one’s constitution (prakriti).

One’s innate nature is referred to as “constitution” or prakruti, which is the basic composition of VPK (vata/pitta/kapha) for each individual’s “natural state.” Understanding one’s prakruti allows for comprehending imbalances may be manifested and how to restore harmony. When folks move away from that which keeps their constitution in balance, this manifests as vikruti. These imbalances can manifest in a multitude of ways. Ayurveda offers a vast toolbox of treatment modalities to address these imbalances.

Treatment modalities to address imbalances

Modifications of diet/cooking practices

Herbal supplements

Pranayama (breathing practices)


Lifestyle adjustments

Ayurvedic detox and cleansing programs


Daily Routine changes (Dinacharya)

Seasonal practices (Rtcharya - living in balance to seasonal changes)

Abhyanga (self oil massage)

Marma (energetic pressure points)

Restorative sleep practices

Jyotish remedials

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