What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda means the "Science of Life" in Sanskrit. It is a holistic wellness practice developed in India more than 5,000 years ago. The root belief dates back to one of the oldest continuously practiced forms of medicine on earth, stemming from a delicate balance of the mind, body, and spirit.

Ayurveda takes a preventative wellness approach through close attention to balance in one's life, positive thinking, diet, lifestyle and the use of herbs. This science, above all, is the discovery of the truth. The purpose of Ayurveda is to maintain and enhance the wisdom already within you, and around you. Ayurveda is a holistic system of health that brings you into alignment with nature and it's rhythms.

Every human being has a unique mind-body constitution (or dosha), that are based on the Five Classical Elements: earth, water, fire, air, and ether. No two people are the same - everyone is born with a unique combination of the five elements that determines our strengths and weaknesses in this life.

In Ayurvedic philosophy, the five elements combine in pairs to form the three doshas.

Vata: Made up of ether and air, vata represents movement in the body and mind. Vata is cold, light, irregular, mobile, dry, and rough.

Pitta: Made up of fire and water, Pitta is the principle of transformation in the body and mind. Pitta is hot, light, and sharp.

Kapha: Composed of earth and water, Kapha is structure and lubrication in the body and mind. Kapha is oily, cold, heavy, dense, and smooth.