What is Ayurveda?

What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a 5000 year old wisdom tradition from India that co-arose at the same time with Yoga. Ayurveda’s literal definition is “The Science of Life” and it teaches us how to live in balance in every area of life. Both Ayurveda & Yoga are Vedic Sciences – which means they come from the Vedas which are the oldest known written teachings on health & spirituality. All Vedic sciences are teachings to support the full development of human potential.

Ayurveda teaches that a persons nature is reflected in their Dosha (or body/mind constitution).There are 3 main Doshas. Vata (air/ether elements), Pitta (fire element) and Kapha (water & earth element). Knowing one’s Dosha gives information as to what sort of foods will be best for you, what sort of exercise is best, when you should sleep, and even what sort of climate you will thrive in. Ayurveda gives suggestions on the subjects of herbs, lifestyle, diet, exercise, digestion, seasonal wellness, and relationships all dependent on a persons unique dosha. It also suggests specific practices such as yoga asana, breath, and meditation. Imagine a roadmap that leads us closer to our best self – this is Ayurveda.

Live In Balance with Ayurveda
Ayurveda guides us how to create our daily routine & seasonal routines to align with the cycles of nature which helps to balance our circadian rhythms. These rhythms have been scientifically proven to be a factor in the prevention of chronic disease and enjoying a longer, healthier lifespan. Circadian rhythm is created by nature, and is like an ancient clock inside of us. The same laws that govern nature apply to us as well. Animals in the wild know when to sleep, what to eat, and how to stay healthy in the different seasons. The plants know when to flower, bear fruit, and send out their seeds in perfect timing.  When humans are tuned in with nature, we are more likely to rise at dawn, eat foods that are unprocessed and seasonal, sleep when we’re tired, and appreciate our connection to that which sustains us. 

Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living
These days however, we tend to isolate from what’s happening in nature. This creates a modern lifestyle that is disconnected. Staying up late, being on media & computers, eating dinner late at night, and having an irregular daily routine disrupts our circadian rhythm which affects our sleep, digestion, metabolism, hormones, immune system and more. It makes it more challenging to maintain our health & well-being under these circumstances. Living in our modern culture makes it an especially important time to connect to Ayurveda and gain it’s wisdom. When we live in balance with nature’s rhythms our experience is ease. We are going with the flow. When we are not living in balance however our experience is dis-ease. Rather than being in the flow, we are swimming upstream.
Learn how to Yoke to the Seasons and create more flow in your life by attending the “Yoga of Spring” Program at EarthSpa this March 20th from 6:30-8:30 pm
 ~Rachel Breeze

Yoga as a Healing Path

I was introduced to Yoga 25 years ago by my first teacher. In addition to postures & breath, my teacher taught Yoga as a path of healing. We covered everything from nutrition & cleansing, to lifestyle & habits, to how to love ourselves & hold loving space for our darkest shadows to emerge. He was a very well versed guide, and shared a lot of wisdom from both his studies and his personal experience.
I studied with him along with a community of like minded others. We were doing yoga classes  throughout the week, doing retreat, and getting private sessions as well to work more deeply on ourselves using Yoga as our guide. I experienced profound transformation at that time of my life, and it truly set me on a spiritual path and inspired me toward the work that I'm doing now as a Yoga Therapist and Ayurvedic Health Counselor.

Together Yoga & Ayurveda are a complete system of healing encompassing every area of life.
Many people these days think that Yoga is an exercise, and a way of getting centered. 
In actuality Yoga is the Science of Self Realization, and focuses on relieving us of our spiritual suffering by bringing us back to our true nature. Ayurveda is the Science of Life focusing on relieving us of our physical, mental & emotional suffering by harmonizing our nature with nature. This means getting our diet, exercise, routines, relationships, self-care, habits, emotions & thoughts aligned in such a way that is balancing, nurturing & supportive for who we are as a unique individual.

The combination of Yoga & Ayurveda is brilliant. It perfectly & holistically guides each of us toward a healthy body, calm creative & focused mind, balanced emotions, spiritual connection and a happy existence - which is what I think calls many people to "do Yoga".  
. ~ Rachael Breeze