Ayurveda is a sister science of Yoga; it literally means knowledge of life. Ayur = life and Veda = knowledge. Over 5000 years ago, before modern medicine scientifically proved the mind-body connection, the sages of India developed Ayurveda. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Its main goal is to promote good health, to prevent and not to fight disease.
Everything in the universe is connected, all is one. When your mind, body and spirit are in harmony with the universe, you are balanced and healthy. When something disturbs this balance, you will get sick physically or emotionally. Things that upset the balance can be genetic or birth defects, injuries, climate and seasonal change, your environment, your age, your relationships and your emotions.
In Ayurveda one’s individual nature is expressed in their ‘dosha’ or constitution. There are three dosha’s that reflect the five elements that exist in the universe: Vata (ether, air), Pitta (fire, water), and Kapha (water, earth). Each person is a unique combination of these three doshas, which is determined at the moment of conception. Usually one or two doshas are stronger than the others. Your chances of getting sick, and the health issues you develop, are linked to the balance of your doshas. In their balanced state the doshas keep your body and mind healthy, but when your doshas are out of balance they cause diseases. Any or all of the three doshas can become imbalanced at any time, though our predominant dosha is most subject to imbalance. Seasons can also contribute to imbalances. Generally, we are more likely to have Pitta imbalances in the summer, Vata in the fall and winter, and Kapha in the winter and spring.
I was introduced to Ayurveda during my first Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training and to be honest I didn’t know anything about it when I signed up. Then it completely changed my life, it taught me to look at everything in a new way, a way that just makes so much sense. It is not the latest health or fitness hype where one day you should do this and the next day that’s not true anymore. Ayurveda is based on the truth of nature, what was true 5000 years ago is still true today.
Ayurveda teaches me on the small scale of my own body and mind, to be aware of everything that is going on inside and outside. It teaches me the influence of all internal and external things on my own balance. It makes me aware of what brings me out of balance and teaches me how to restore it. This practice helps me to see that everything and everyone is connected and to see oneness in everything. Something so easily said as a yoga teacher, but coming from actual experience. Not because I want to believe that, but because I experience it daily on the micro level of my own body and mind. Ayurveda gives very practical recommendations for the different doshas regarding lifestyle, diet, exercise and more. Being aware of your dosha will help you to understand yourself, others and the laws of nature much better. It can help you to find balance and peace within, to reach your highest potential and to live a healthy and happy life.
I teach Ayurveda classes during my retreats and I do personal consults.
You can send me a message if you're interested, I charge €75 for the first consult and €50 for follow ups.