What is Ayurveda?

What is Ayurveda?
by Ranjana Chawla

Many of the health problems that we have today stem from the fact that we have become more and more disconnected from our bodies. The choices we make – including what we eat, how we eat, what we do, how we handle stress and what we think – profoundly influence our health.

Ayurveda science believes that every person is 100 percent unique in every way, and our approach to living, growing and healing should show this too. This holistic science is practiced all over the world, originating in India nearly 5,000 years ago. It doesn’t just deal with curing ailments and diseases, it teaches people how to avoid disease. It focuses on how to proactively develop your health in the best way and keep up a healthy “state”.

In Ayurveda, you discover your own unique mind-body constitution, which is a mix of five elements: air, ether, fire, earth and water, and then practice a lifestyle designed to balance these elements and bring harmony to your being. The process of physical deterioration and disease is slowed down by proper balance of vital energies in the body. Illness is treated through proper eating, lifestyle changes and the use of herbal remedies.

The goal is to “catch” the ailment by the root and produce cures. Ayurveda believes in treating the underlying root cause of the disease to help the healthy person to keep up good health and the unhealthy person to regain good health. This practice promotes human happiness at the physical, mental and spiritual levels.

One of the main guiding principles of is that the mind and the body are inextricably connected. Nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind. Meditation is just one of the most powerful tools the Ayurvedic specialists prescribe for balancing the mind and body. It offers many other practices for expanding self-awareness and cultivating your innate state of balance.

Ayurveda is a personalized approach to health, and knowing your mind-body type allows each person to make optimal choices about diet, and other aspects of your lifestyle. To learn more about your own unique Ayurvedic mind-body type and explore the knowledge of Ayurveda in a personal and meaningful way, Healing Your Life: Ayurveda Wellness Program will be offered over six Sundays, running from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., January 21 to February 25. This program supports each participant to create a sustainable diet and lifestyle plan to prevent disease and promote longevity, and will be offered in Vienna.

Cost: $180 (before January 7)/$210. Location: East Meets West Yoga Center, 8227 Old Courthouse Rd., Ste. 310, Vienna, VA. For more information or to register, call 571-429-2716 or visit TheAyur.com. 

Ranjana Chawla, CAS, RYT, is a clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, trained at the California College of Ayurveda.  She is a registered yoga teacher with yoga alliance and trained in Yoga Nidra and has a master’s degree in Indian history from Delhi University, India. She is a certified HR professional (PHR) and has worked as a HR professional for Fortune 100 companies before her career in Ayurveda and yoga.

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