Introduction to Ayurveda

Every sunrise brings a new day and every new day brings a new beginning – (saying from Ayurveda)

Ayurveda is the ancient medical system from India and is very closely related to Yoga. The word “Ayu” means life and “Veda” means science. Therefore it is also known as “Science of Life”.



Ayurveda sees everything in the universe, including human beings, as composed of five basic elements – space, air, fire, water and earth. These five elements in turn combine with each other to give rise to three bio-physical forces (or Doshas) within the human body- Vata (air & space), Pitta (fire & water) and Kapha (water & earth) which govern all functions of the mind and  body, both, physical and emotional, as well as how an individual interacts with everything around them.

Every individual has within them all three Doshas, but it is the dominance of any one or two or all three that makes a person’s individual constitution.

Although a person’s Dosha/body type is determined at the moment of conception, Doshas are constantly shifting within the body. Just as the five basic elements fluctuate within the nature, these elements fluctuate within the body. Therefore the Dosha dominance changes with age, time of day or night and the season etc.

Ayurveda seeks to eliminate the imbalances by using five approaches which include diet, herbs, Yoga, massage/oil therapies and lifestyle routine. In each issue I aim to combine these five approaches for each ailment so that you are able to practically apply them to your everyday lives.

I will  be sharing information from this age old tradition called Ayurveda and how this system can help you in your every day lives  and various ailments.

I hope you will find this blog useful and informative. Ayurveda says – Knowledge is divine, knowledge is great, knowledge is blissful but it is of no use if you can’t put it to practice. Therefore this is my attempt of putting this wonderful science of Ayurveda and Yoga into everyday practice for a better quality of life. Namaste!

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7 thoughts on “Introduction to Ayurveda

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