The Philosophy of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is an ancient holistic system of medicine, native to India, and is believed to be the oldest system of medicine known to man. According to literature, Ayurveda evolved from the beginnings of cosmic creation. It has its roots in the Vedic scriptures as a written tradition. Orally, it has existed more than 5000 years.
The term Ayurveda comes from the combination of two Sanskrit words: Ayus and Veda. Ayus means life or life principle and refers to all aspects of life. Veda means knowledge or system of knowledge. So Ayurveda roughly translates to the knowledge of long life. It is the science of health, healing and longevity and is a comprehensive philosophy of living.
Core to Ayurvedic philosophy is a spiritual view of human existence and our direct and deep connection to the universe. Human life is viewed as a complex relationship of body, mind and spirit, all of which must be addressed when looking at the health and healing of an individual.
Ayurveda is based upon our relationship with nature. Often, we can find ourselves dissociated from nature. We can rediscover balance when we dialog with the natural world to know how to be, what to eat, when to eat, how to breathe, when to rest, and when to work. Ayurveda asks us to tap into that natural voice as a valuable tool to help us reconnect to ourselves, to cosmic consciousness, and to nature.
Pursuant to our relationship with nature, one the first premises of Ayurveda is that everything is energy. The ancient sages, the Rishis, defined energy in terms of the elements: space, air, fire, water and earth. When these energies are infused with life force (Prana), they become the Doshas, which may be roughly thought of as the three bodily humors: Vata (the energy of movement), Pitta (the energy of transformation, digestion, assimilation) and Kapha (the energy of structure, stability, cohesion). Fundamental to Ayurvedic medicine is the theory that health exists when there is a balance amongst the three Doshas. Each of us is a unique combination of these Doshas. Understanding our basic constitution helps to keep health by maintaining homeostasis with the Doshas by adjusting diet, lifestyle and exercise.
Areas that an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation may help address:
- Optimizing Diet by Doshic Type
- Weight Management
- Improving Sleep
- Women’s Health
- Managing Energy Levels
- Understanding the Season and how to adjust to them
- Managing Stress
Book an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation with Christine Hoar
$175 for initial consultation (90 min.) and write-up
$125 for follow-up consultations
Christine is certified by The College of Ayurveda, Kripalu Institute in Lenox, MA.
To schedule a session, call 802-238-3735 or email Christine.