What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a traditional, holistic, method of health and healing sharing its ancient roots with yoga. The practice of Ayurveda is over 5,000 years old and has strongly influenced other holistic practices of medicine including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). 
Ayurveda is about balance. Imbalances in body, mind or spirit begin the process of illness. The body is intelligent, allowing access to this intelligence creates health.
The word Ayurveda comes from two Sanskrit words “Ayu” meaning life or longevity and “Veda” meaning knowledge or truth. The knowledge of Ayurveda is gained from awareness and experience, not from memorizing rules. 
Nature moves in cycles, day and night, the seasons. We are a part of this cycle. A healthy life is living in harmony with nature, understanding our individual needs, and living a life of purpose.
The ancient Rishis used energies found in nature to describe the physical functions.  Air is movement and communication.  It is our nervous system and communication through hormones.  Fire is transformation and digestion, it gives us sight.  Water is flow, and earth is stability and structure of our physical body.  
Ayurveda offers us an understanding of how to make lifestyle choices that best support our own unique set “blueprint” and to correct any imbalances that may be occurring. It is not a list of dos and don’ts but guidelines that can be followed with changing seasons, times of life and states of health.

I am registered with the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals (AAPNA) as an  Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant (RALC) and an Ayurvedic Practitioner (RAP).