What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is the science of life and well-being.
The oldest documented body of holistic medical knowledge, it is a system of plant, oils and herbs originating in India over 6,000 years ago.
Ayurveda was codified into a text called the Charaka Samhita by the legendary physician Charaka in the 2nd Century BC. The Charaka Samhita travelled with traders and scholars to China, Egypt, Arabia and Europe, influencing and laying the ground-work for plant-based healing all over the world.
After centuries of testing, Ayurvedic science has proven effective. Ayurvedic treatments satisfy every aspect of a person's well being - physical, mental and spiritual.
Ayurveda is the Knowledge of Life.
Today, in the search for more complete healing and harmonious well-being, the holistic wisdom of Ayurveda is gaining international popularity as an alternative and a complement to modern allopathic medicine.
The daily routine – Dina Charya (by Dr. Vasant Lad)
“A daily routine is absolutely necessary to bring radical change in body, mind, and consciousness. Routine helps to establish balance in one's constitution. It also regularizes a person's biological clock, aids digestion, absorption and assimilation, and generates self-esteem, discipline, peace, happiness, and longevity.” - Vasant Lad, B.A.M.S., M.A.Sc., Ayurvedic PhysicianRead more
Learn more about: The benefits of a daily massage: Abhyanga Ayurvedic Oil Massage
Abhyanga: Ayurvedic Oil Massage - By Dr. Claudia Welch
“Abhyanga is the anointing of the body with oil. Often medicated and usually warm.
The oil is massaged into the entire body before bathing. It can be beneficial for maintaining health and used as a medicine for certain disorders. Abhyanga can be incorporated into a routine appropriate for almost everyone.
The Sanskrit word sneha means both “oil” and “love,” and the effects of Abhyanga are similar to the effect of saturation with love. Both experiences can give a deep feeling of stability, warmth and comfort. Sneha--oil and love--is sukshma, or “subtle.” This allows sneha to pass through minute channels in the body and penetrate deep layers of tissue.
Ayurveda teaches that there are seven dhatus, or layers of tissue in the body. Each is successively more concentrated and life-giving. It is taught that for the effects of sneha to reach to the deepest layer, it should be massaged into the body for 800 matras, roughly five minutes. If we consider that the entire body needs this kind of attention, a 15-minute massage is a minimum amount of time.
Benefits of External Oleation. Outlined in: Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita and Ashtanga Hrdayam Benefits of applying oil to the body (Abhyanga): Produces softness, strength and color to the body
- Decreases the effects of aging
- Bestows good vision
- Nourishes the body
- Increases longevity
- Benefits sleep patterns
- Benefits skin
- Strengthens the body’s tolerance
- Imparts a firmness to the limbs
- Imparts tone and vigor to the dhatus (tissues) of the body
- Stimulates the internal organs of the body, including circulation
- Pacifies Vata and Pitta and Harmonizes Pitta
What is your ayurvedic constitution (Dosha)?
Here you will find a list of qualities which will help you to define the constitution (dosha) of a person.Read more
WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT AYURVEDA?
THERE IS MUCH TO LEARN FROM:
- Delight Academie | Delight Yoga
- Victoria (Tory) Hyndman | Delight Yoga
- Dr. Claudia Welch - Ayurveda, Health and Eastern Medicine
- Dr. Robert Svoboda
- Atma Ayurveda with Susan Pulley - Atma Ayurveda
- Centrum voor Ayurveda
WE RECOMMEND TO START LEARNING AYURVEDA:
- The Book of Ayurveda: A Holistic Approach to Health and Longevity by Judith H. Morrison.
- Ayurveda: Life, Health, and Longevity by Dr. Robert E. Svoboda.
- Hidden Secret of Ayurveda by Robert E. Svoboda.
- Ayurvedic Cooking for Self Healing by Usha and Dr. Vasant Lad.
- Absolute Beauty by Pratima Raichur
- The science of self-healing by Dr. Vasant Lad
- Ayurveda for Women by Dr. Robert Svoboda
- Healthy living with Ayurveda by Anuradha Singh
- The Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra
- Ayurvedic beauty care by Melanie Sachs
- Not just a pretty face by Stacy Malka
- Balance your hormones, Balance your life by Dr Claudia Welch, MSOM