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What is Ayurveda?

The word Ayurveda is made of two parts. “Ayu” which means life, and “Veda” which means knowledge of . Therefore, the word Ayurveda means knowledge of life, or understanding of life. The science of Ayurveda, like the science of Yoga, was inspired and developed by the great masters and seers of ancient India. The origins of Ayurveda and Yoga have common roots and play a highly complementary role in spiritual evolution and the maintenance of physical well-being and vitality.

Ayurveda is, perhaps, the oldest science of life, approx. 5,000 to 6,000 years old, a system of diet, healing, and health maintenance that is deeply spiritual in origin. Ayurveda evaluates the complete body-mind of the individual. No one can expect to retain vitality, recover from disease, or succeed in the practice of Yoga without the appropriate knowledge of the powerful effect diet has on physical health, mental clarity, and spiritual progress.

In Ayurveda, food and actions are keys to healing. The Ayurvedic understanding of nutrition is quite different from that of the West. The primary focus of Western nutrition is on the physical attributes of food: the amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. The Ayurvedic knowledge of proper diet, on the other hand, is concerned with the effects of various types of food on the quality of the mind, the digestion and the balance of the doshas, the body-mind constitutions, Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

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