Ayurveda – A Spiritual Approach to Health
Ayurveda is the oldest healing system in the world in continuous practice. It dates back to 5000 years, with deep seated roots. A holistic discipline of medicine and healing, Ayurveda literally translates to ‘Science of Life’. This life science not only encompasses medicine, but also philosophy. It is based on the principles of five basic elements: Space, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. What is present at the Macrocosm is also present at the microcosm.
The human body consists of three basic humours- Vata, Pitta and Kapha known as Doshas. The body contains a unique mix of these biological forces that gives the individual its special personality and determines the physical, emotional and mental predisposition. When these doshas are balanced, the body is healthy and when they are imbalanced, there is disease.
To heal disease, Ayurveda advises various treatments to restore the balance and strengthen the immune system, bringing the diseased back to his innate nature. The free radicals are expelled out of the body to bring in a balanced state of Dosha- Dhatu and Mala in a harmonious way to beget good health.
In essence, Ayurveda can help a healthy person to maintain health and the diseased person to regain health. The primary aim of Ayurveda is prevention of disease by leading a happy, healthy lifestyle that consists of nutritious food, an active lifestyle, meditation and regular detoxification. It advocates Sadvrutta (righteous conduct), following of Dinacharya (daily regimen) and Rutucharya (seasonal regimen) to combat the rhythmic changes of the body.
The Ayurvedic way always leads to health, strength, happiness, and ultimately creative growth. Ayurveda recommends a seasonal cleansing, purification, and renewal process wherein accumulated physical and emotional toxins are eliminated, allowing mind-body to return to a natural state of balance and health. Rejuvenation treatments help in regaining vitality and wellbeing. At Yogakshema, seasonal body purifications are practiced for prevention of diseases and maintenance of positive wellbeing.