What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is an ancient holistic medical system which originated in India where it has been practised for more than 5000 years and is still widely used today. The word 'Ayurveda' derives from two Sanskrit words; 'Ayu' meaning life, and 'Veda', meaning knowledge, science or wisdom, simply translating as the 'science of life'.

Ayurveda requires that body, mind and spirit are treated as one. It states that nature is perfect in its creation; that good health is our natural state. When imbalance does occur, leading to disease, Ayurveda targets the root cause and never treats the symptoms alone. This is a key difference to the approach of modern western medicine.

According to Ayurveda optimum health results from a balanced mind, proper absorption and digestion of both nutrients and emotions, good tissue development and efficient elimination of waste.

For each individual, there is a unique balance based on their body constitution, diet and lifestyle, and the external environment. By respecting this in our daily and seasonal diets and routines, we are able to reconnect to our body's innate intelligence. This natural way of living helps us feel more relaxed and improves our health and well-being.

The benefits of following an Ayurvedic programme include:

* prevention of disease
* alleviation of physical illness, mental and emotional stress
* removal of toxins
* cleansed and rejuvenated body systems
* strengthened immune system
* increased awareness in all aspects of an individual's life for the benefit of all
* longevity to realise the goals of life which, according to Ayurveda, come under four main categories: 1) - enjoyment 2) prosperity 3) development of our inner vocation or talents and 4) the ultimate goal of life, which is liberation from our suffering (moksha) and finding inner peace.

It works through a complete system which addresses every aspect of our lives:

Nutrition • Lifestyle • Yoga • Massage & Therapies • Herbs • Breath work (pranayama) •
Meditation & relaxation • Sound therapy (mantra) • Colour & gem therapy •
Counselling for treating mind, body and spirit.