Our bodies, minds, and spirits are intimately interconnected. When the body is in good health, the mind and spirit thrive. We’ve seen the incredible ways in which practicing Ayurveda has changed lives over the years, and that’s why we’ve dedicated ourselves not only to nurturing your spiritual and emotional wellness, but your physical wellness too.
Ayurveda isn’t as esoteric as it might seem at first glance. It’s actually a simple, logical system of health that you can easily incorporate into your everyday life. Let's demystify this ancient way of life, bringing it home to the modern world. We want you to live your happiest, healthiest life, and through Ayurveda you can!
So, what is Ayurveda anyway?
In the most basic of terms, Ayurveda is an ancient system of health and wellness developed in India and practiced for thousands of years. The word “Ayurveda” means “the knowledge of life”; “ayur” translates to “life,” and “veda” translates to “knowledge.” Unlike classical western medicine, Ayurveda seeks to help the practitioner achieve optimal wellness through balance and integration, and seeks to treat the root cause of illness rather than the symptoms.
Ayurvedic philosophy doesn’t separate us from our environment, it celebrates and recognizes the importance of the cycles of the earth, the seasons and the time of day. It places great importance on hygiene, plant-based medicine, and physical and mental wellness. Health, in Ayurvedic terms, is a state in which your thoughts, emotions and body are in a state of thriving harmony with each other and with your environment.
The origins of Ayurveda
Ayurveda originated in India and can be traced back to as early as the 4th century BC. Ayurvedic wisdom was even included in the Vedas, which are the holy scriptures of Hinduism and the oldest surviving Sanskrit literature. Ayurveda has actually undergone very few changes over the centuries — advancements in medicine and science are often in line with what Ayurveda already knows.
How Ayurveda can improve your health
Ayurveda is all about balance. To start with Ayurveda, it’s important to understand what forces are at work within yourself and the world, and to learn how to bring those back into balance. Ayurveda focuses on streamlining treatment to every single individual, rather than prescribing things across the board. Through an Ayurvedic diet, living by an Ayurvedic clock, and developing a customized system of health for yourself, you can become your best self.
What Is Your Dosha?
Ayurveda sees each individual as unique, made up of a specific combination of the 5 elements of nature; water, fire, earth, air and space. Of these 5 elements, the 3 energetics (Doshas) that define our unique makeup are Air (Vata), Fire (Pitta) and Earth (Kapha).
Learning your unique dosha type and understanding your constitution can reveal your natural inherent strengths and illuminate your greatest challenges.
So…What Should I Eat based on my Ayurveda personality/dosha?
After you take the dosha quiz and create your Ayurvedic Profile, you’ll receive a complete analysis of your personal constitution, including a deeper understanding of how it affects everything in your life, from physiology and digestion to body structure and personality. In short, if you are a fiery personality (Pitta) you eat foods that are cooling; if you are an airy or creative personality (Vata) you eat foods that are grounding; if you are a very grounded and structured personality (Kapha) you eat foods that lighten and perk you up!