“Ayur-what?” This is the reaction I often get when I tell people I’m an Ayurvedic Practitioner.
Ayurveda comes from two Sanskrit words, Ayur meaning life and Veda meaning knowledge. Ayurveda has been passed down in India verbally and subsequently in text books for over 5,000 years but it’s not exclusively Indian in its application: wherever there is life, there is the need to know – consciously and sub-consciously – how to live.
Ayurveda offers guidelines on how to maintain health and well-being and, should illness occur, how to correct that.
Our bodies and minds are incredibly resilient and have the capacity to see us through near-on a hundred years of life on this earth. By having the knowledge of how to live well – Ayurveda – we are able to achieve maximum longevity while enjoying the quality of life afforded by good health.
However, digestive disorders such as IBS, stress/anxiety, auto-immune conditions, exhaustion and women’s health issues are just a few examples of how our modern bodies react when we forget the very basics of listening to what our bodies and minds need.
By taking time to re-acquire the knowledge of how to live, we can set ourselves back on the path of good health, plentiful energy and the vitality which so many of us have lost along the way.