Elements of Ayurveda

Traditional medicine has strong historical and cultural roots and has been a part of developing communities over the decades. Ayurveda was born in India and means “Knowledge of Life”.

Ayuh means life and Veda means knowledge in Sanskrit. It origins from the Vedas, the compendium of ancient Indian knowledge, and in The Charaka Samhita, and Sushruta Samhita are the very original texts of Ayurveda found.

The tradition of Dinacharya (daily routine) is powerful Ayurvedic tools for improving overall health and well-being, and the importance of a consistent and daily routine in Ayurvedic practice can not be addressed enough. Dinacharya consists of daily self-care routines, which provide structure for instilling balance and establishing cohesiveness in the physical, mental, and emotional bodies.

The three Doshas are known as biological energies and connect the body and mind. Each Dosha derives from nature’s Five Elements and is related to their different characteristics; Vata (related to Space and Air), Pitta (related to Fire and Water), and Kapha (related to Water and Earth). As the human condition is ever-changing and not static, The doshas are dynamic energies that constantly change in response to our actions, thoughts, and emotions, and when body and mind are in balance with our natural cycles, we experience a sense of contentment, which is beneficial to our well-being.

Traditional Dinacharya practices could be: Waking up early in the morning (preferably at the same time to get in rhythm), going to bed early, eating regular meals, practice physical movement, rituals such as oil pulling, self-massage, and self-enhancing practice such as meditation, journaling, yoga, breathing techniques and much more.

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