Ayurveda is all about balance…
Translated as the “science or knowledge of life” Ayurveda is an ancient lifestyle practice which aims to create balanced health and harmony within the body.
Practiced widely in India it is thought that Ayurveda originated more than 5000 years ago, making it one of the oldest systems of medicine known to man. It is based on the philosophy of health and lifestyle that treats the whole person and not just the symptom. Its timeless wisdom is now being recognised and is spreading among the alternative medicine industry as people seek to take responsibility for their health and well-being from a more holistic perspective.
My training in ThaiVedic Yoga allows me to integrate this fascinating science with bodywork and Yoga for a truly holistic therapy. I love Ayurveda for it’s straight forward simplicity and the fact that it recognises our individuality – there isn’t a one size fits all way to be.
Ayurveda is a holistic approach to a complete way of life…
A holistic health system comprising diet, yoga, massage, detoxification, herbal remedies, meditation and daily lifestyle. Ayurveda improves not only your physical health, but also your emotional well being. It can offer you simple lifestyle choices that have the potential to make a huge difference in your life.
Ayurveda is prevention-oriented, free from harmful side-effects and treats the root cause of a disease rather than just the symptoms. It views illness as caused by an imbalance in a your physical or mental constitution and therefore seeks to gently bring your body and mind back into a healthy balance.
Although Ayurveda can be used to alleviate various conditions, it is founded on the principle of preventing disorders in the long term rather than waiting for problems to manifest themselves. Thus it is the ideal way for healthy individuals to maintain good health and general well being.
With a few simple changes to a your daily life, it is possible to live the Ayurvedic way and reap the benefits. Quite often it is little nagging health issues that you can’t quite seem to get the the bottom of that will respond beautifully to this elegant system!
Ayurveda is certainly not intended to replace modern medicine, but rather to give you the tools to treat your body according to its needs.
Principles of Ayurveda…
Ayurveda sees everything in the universe, including human beings, as composed of five basic elements – Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth.
These five Elements combine with each other to give rise to three bio-physical forces – or Doshas – within the human body;
- Vata – Ether and Air
- Pitta – Fire and Water
- Kapha – Water and Earth
Together they are known as Tridosha and govern all the biological, physiological and psychological functions of the mind and body, as well as affecting how you interact with everything around you.
Every individual has within them all three Doshas, but it is the dominance of any one or two or all three that makes up your individual constitution (Prakruti)
Although your Dosha type is determined at the moment of conception, Doshas are constantly shifting within the body. Just as the five basic elements fluctuate within nature, these elements will also fluctuate within the body. Therefore the Dosha dominance changes with age, time of day and the season etc.
Your Dosha determines the kind of lifestyle that is balancing and healthy for you, including the sorts of food you should eat and the amount and type of exercise you should do. All are personalised to suit your individual Dosha.
During an Ayurvedic Consultation…
We will determine your Ayurvedic constitution (Prakruti) This tells us your unique make-up and the balance of Dosha from your conception. We will then determine your current imbalance (Vikruti) this tells us the balance of your Dosha today. Once we have the full picture, we can translate this information and recommend ways to adjust your diet and lifestyle routines to restore balance using the Elements as our guide.
We may also use massage therapy, yoga, and psychological tools to help create a more harmonious life. A holistic view of health recognises how our emotions play a big part in our physical health
Although this is a different way to view our health, once you become even a little familiar with Ayurvedic concepts you will realise that most of the things we do in our everyday lives can be considered as medicine. Some medicine is good for us and some of it bad. With this new understanding, we are able to make better choices for ourselves to fully support our health and individuality. Luckily the changes are quite simple and easy to do in our normal day to day lives. If you would like to learn more about Ayurveda I recommend reading Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra as a great beginners guide!
Click here to watch my teacher Kimmana and his lovely wife Zia discuss Doshas and diet – see if you recognise yourself in these discussions. But remember, some of the most powerful medicine in this system are the lifestyle choices that we make everyday!
Your Consultation will take around 2 hours.
Please wear a T shirt and joggers or leggings.
Are you in need of rejuvenation?
My Rejuvenation course consists of;
- An Ayurvedic Consultation giving a full picture of your current health
- Yoga and bodywork sessions for a complete re-balance and lifestyle overhaul
- 4 x 2 hour sessions. 1 session every 2-4 weeks
- Dietary advice and recipes according to your needs