The word Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Ayu’ meaning ‘Life’ and ‘Veda’ meaning ‘Knowledge’. Ayurveda is therefore, the science of life and holistic well-being. The oldest documented body of holistic medical knowledge in the world, it is a system of herbs, oils and plants originating in India over 6,000 years ago. The fundamental philosophy of Ayurveda rests on the concept of harmony – in Ayurveda, true health and wellness can only result from perfect harmony between the mind, body and spirit. The ancient science of Ayurveda remains acutely relevant in the modern world due to its principles of harmony, purity, simplicity and true focus on physical, emotional and spiritual health. Incorporating Ayurveda principles into everyday life is a simple exercise of making small changes that all add up to a happier and healthier you.
Ayurveda is India’s contribution to humanity in its search for health care, well being and longevity. This wonderful treatise on human health is considered as the ‘fifth Veda’ narrated directly by God to great sages of the ancient past. It mellowed with the evolution of Indian civilization tracing its origin to ‘Adhara Veda’ the oldest work of philosophy and science in the history of mankind. Ayurveda flourished at a time when all the science branches, we now practice, were in their rudiments. Physicians the world over now consider Ayurveda as a system of treatment embedded in nature that couples medication and recognized lifestyle. In the modern era, where most of the diseases result from mutations in lifestyles, we have started to look back into this ancient wisdom, which advocates a therapy that has its roots in nature.
Ayurveda has withstood the test of time, for over four millennial by propagation as smrithi and sruthi (through oral education and discussion) and mananam (meditation). Most of the references texts that are in use today were recorded after 1000B.CE. It can be seen that the principles of Ayurveda are retained intact and the medicinal formulations in the reference texts are narrated as examples of this treatment theory for individual diseases.
Get a good start to your day by making it a habit to start waking up a little earlier than normal. Take the extra few minutes to have some time to you, meditate, read, do some Yoga or just take a walk. In a few days of this you will find yourself more alert, cheerful and ready to face each new day. A sense of happiness that comes from within the soul and senses is the key to Ayurveda well being
Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and adds more herbs and spices to your diet. Try to indulge in fresh, seasonal produce. Incorporating herbs and spices such as mint, coriander, basil, turmeric, sesame, cumin, black pepper and also fresh fruits and vegetables such as amla, apples, oranges, carrots, beetroot and bitter gourd fill your stomach healthily while helping cleanse your body of toxins. Once in a while, detoxify by fasting or having a fruit-only day. Restrain yourself from oversleeping and under sleeping. Healthy sleep of 7-8 hours regenerates your senses and produces a sense of rejuvenation in the mind and body. Oversleeping produces lethargy and under sleeping causes stress and fatigue to the body – the trick is to sleep just right and as per the natural cycle of your body to ensure that you wake up completely refreshed. Start incorporating Yoga in your day by starting with simple postures that help you clarify your focus, regulate your breathing and calm your inner self. Yoga asana not only help build stamina and flexibility in your body but also help you in becoming more aware of your being. 30 minutes of exercise a day is essential at any age and practicing Yoga enhances your physical and mental well-being to an incredible extent. A qualified Ayurveda doctor help you identify your Dosha and ascertain the best way to balance your life for truly healthy living