Ayurveda is the ancient medical system from India. The word Ayurveda is a combination of two words: “Ayu” which means life and “Veda” which means knowledge or wisdom. So literally, Ayurveda means the “Knowledge of Life” or “Wisdom of Life”.
Ayurveda teaches us how to live in harmony with the world around us and with the world within us. As above so below, as within so without. These sayings explain that whatever happens outside of ourselves affects what happens within us and the other way round. If it is cold outside, the likelihood that our body will feel cold when we go outside without protection is quite high. If we learn about a disturbing event, it might leave us disturbed, affecting our mind and emotions. Or if we are angry, we affect people around us. In the presence of saints and spiritual people, we feel calm and relaxed. We affect the world around us and the external environment and people around us affect us. Ayurveda strives to create balance within and without.
Ayurveda talks about the three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The three doshas are made up of the five elements ether, air, fire, water, earth in different proportions.
Vata = air + ether, Pitta = fire + water, Kapha = water + earth. The three doshas make up our constitution, each one of us has a unique combination of these three doshas. This combination or unique constitution makes us who we are.
Ayurveda looks at each one of us as an individual, there is no “one size fits all” approach. Two people can have nausea, but for different reasons, so Ayurveda looks at the root cause of the symptom and does not try to just treat the symptom. There are no “over the counter” formulas.
This constitution we are born with is how we were meant to be. And then life happens and we forget who we really are, what makes us happy, what keeps us balanced. Ayurveda leads us back to our natural constitution, to our true Self. It teaches us to become aware of our body and mind and their functions, desires and attachments, through self observation.
Once we know which foods are good for our unique constitution, we can make changes to bring balance. When we allow our body to be balanced it will be easier for our mind to be balanced. It also goes the other way round. Once we realize that watching TV every night makes us agitated and robs us of a good night sleep, once we see the connection of checking our phone every couple minutes and lack of groundedness or once we observe that being indoors all day long makes us tired, we can change.
Ayurveda gives us simple tools to support ourselves on the journey back to our true nature. Join us!
Author: Helgrid Randolph
Before coming to Denver, I studied Medicine at the University of Vienna, Austria, and worked as a doctor in both Austria and Germany. Upon arriving in Denver, I turned my studies toward Ayurveda and Yoga with authentic and experienced teachers.The power of plants always fascinated me, so when entering Medical School, I knew my path would lead to natural health practices eventually. After graduating Medical School, I worked in a family practice in Vienna and then on a Radiationoncology ward in Frankfurt. Once my husband and I moved to Denver, I stood facing a personal health crisis. This difficult time made me remember what I really yearned to do, and gave me the strength to look into the options. That’s how I found Ayurveda and Yoga…and it changed my life forever.