Ayurveda is translated as ayur (life) and veda (knowledge of or science). It is commonly known as the Science of Life. Ayurveda is the natural healing system which originated out of India over 5,000 years ago. It is a healing gift given to us from the ancient enlightened Vedic culture, and is the system for maintaining optimal health through adherence to natural rhythms and cycles.
The Rig Veda is the oldest of the four Vedic scriptures and contains the main concepts regarding Ayurveda. It speaks about three cosmic powers associated with Wind, Fire and Earth and how these primal forces relate to the three psycho-physiologic constitutions (doshas) of man known as Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The doshas express particular patterns of energy—unique blends of physical, emotional and mental characteristics. Ayurveda employs a variety of natural means to bring harmony to the physiology including diet, herbs, spices, minerals, exercise, meditation, yoga, mental hygiene, sounds and smells.
In Ayurveda, health is defined as the dynamic state of balance between mind, body and environment. It is possible for each of us to achieve and maintain a vibrant and joyful state of health by identifying our mind-body type and then creating a lifestyle that sustains and nurtures our unique nature.