Ayurvedic Bodywork at Awaken
Ayurveda is a complete science of health and well being from the ancient sub-continent of India. Ayurveda originated over 5000 years ago and is still in use today in many parts of the world. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means the ‘science of life’ or the ‘science of aliveness’.
-The National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health (NCCIH) considers Ayurveda and Ayurvedic therapies a ‘complementary health approach’.
-Ayurveda is based on simple but profound theories. When applied, this knowledge and tools can
transform your life, your relationships and your energy.
-Ayurveda understands that everyone is unique and has different needs. In fact, it’s basic premise
revolves around this understanding. Diet and lifestyle recommendations based on Ayurveda are
thus tailored to each individual.
-With the proper diet, the right lifestyle and the use of herbs, body therapies and cleansing
practices, Ayurveda intends to bring balance to the mind, body and spirit, prevent future illness
from occurring and restore health.
Ayurveda Basics: The Doshas
The science of Ayurveda recognizes the earth’s five elements and their existence in the universe around us (macrocosm) and the universe within us (microcosm). Ether, air, fire, water and earth form the various mechanics of our existence.
he five elements organize into three principles or Doshas known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
-Vata Dosha is composed of the elements of Air and Space. It is responsible for all forms of movement in the body like blinking, breathing and muscle movement.
-Pitta Dosha is composed of Fire and Water and is responsible for all metabolic processes in the body including digestion, absorption, assimilation and the body’s temperature.
-Kapha Dosha is the Water and Earth elements of the body and mind. It comprises the body’s substance and mass and provides the body with lubrication.
-Ayurveda teaches us how to understand our own unique combination of Doshas and how to live properly to maintain health. Balanced Doshas create harmony in body, mind and spirit as well as happiness and ease.