Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that means The Science or Knowledge of Life and Longevity. Its roots are in ancient India, dating back over 5,000 years. It is the sister science to yoga and is considered the healing side of yoga.
Ayurveda sees the world through the five elements: ether, air, fire, water and earth and looks at all five senses; taste, smell, sight, sound, and touch in its healing approach. From this view we see each individual as a unique creation honoring the uniqueness of who you are. By asking us to live through our senses and the 5 elements we see life through its creations, offering a deeper connection and appreciation for loving life.
Ayurveda offers us self-healing principles that teach us to become familiar with our own uniqueness, understanding what our bodies are saying to us through the subtle signs, and empowering us to make simple, yet life-changing, choices that enhance our mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Prevention is at the root of Ayurveda. When our bodies and minds are in a harmonious state we can prevent disease and encourage more joy, productivity, and equilibrium in our lives.
Ayurveda defines a healthy person as one who is firmly established in the Self. Health is not just the absence of disease, but a blissful state in which body, mind and spirit are balanced. This allows the organs to function optimally.
It is obvious today that health plays an important role in how we experience our lives. Yet every day we see how excessive concern for one’s health often lead to disease due to stress, worry, and perfectionism. Rather than focusing on just perfect health, Ayurveda teaches us to cultivate a love of life as a virtue.
The practice of loving life transforms us into a more peaceful being. The habit of loving the life we live can be compared to cultivating a garden. To cultivate a garden, we must rototill the dirt, clean it up and create a nice foundation in which to plant our seeds, plant the seeds, water the garden, fertilize it, and watch it grow.
Taking care of our garden is simple, peaceful, and a beautifully meditative activity requiring time, patience, daily attention, and a gentle hand. Ayurveda is similarly beautiful, gentle, and patient. Practicing Ayurveda means inviting routine, regularity, and slowness into your life. To love life, one must tend to the body and mind. This includes cultivating joy for all the activities necessary to support one’s biology. Supporting life also requires weeding every now and then.
For humans a garden is not enough to live a fulfilling life. We are also social beings and life lovers need each other. So the idea of loving life is not only a habit of taking care of one’s Self, it also includes warmth and affection towards those closest to us. As you deepen into yourSelf you naturally transform into one who has a healthy appreciation for the miracle of life. With this change, a spirit of nurturing will replace diet, guilt for being human and having human experiences, and inflexibility. Ayurveda gentle gives you the gift of surrender that will reassure you that you truly can be flexible even as you follow some simple guidelines.
Dr. David Frawley, one of the most important scholars of Ayurveda and Vedic Science today, says the following about Ayurveda:
Ayurveda is based upon a deep communion with the spirit of life itself and a profound understanding of the movement of the life-force and its different manifestations within our entire psycho-physical system. As such, it presents a helpful alternative to the technical and mechanical model of modern medicine, the limitations of which are gradually becoming evident through time. It is a truly holistic medicine whose wealth we have just begun to explore in the Western world.
Some of the modalities that Ayurveda includes to create a balanced love of life are:
Life can be a walking meditation. Meditation brings us into a deeper relationship with ourselves and allows us to get to know the truth of who we are by connecting to our breath, body, and minds.
Ceremonies are similar to meditation in that they offer us the opportunity to find intimacy with ourSelves and Spirit in our everyday lives, yet are more interactive and involve more action. A Ceremony is honoring the true awareness that we are spirits in a body and that “being spiritual” is not simply a matter of having spiritual minds. When we involve our bodies in some type of ceremonial or ritual act, however small, and engage our imaginations, emotions, and our faith, the experience we have is not only deeper, it becomes an integrated part of our lives. Enjoy the experience of involving your senses in honoring yourSelf and Spirit in a ceremony to release, forgive, and honor.
Our thoughts help form our reality. We use Bill Lamond’s Fulfillment Based Thinking, which realizes that we are all created whole, perfect, and complete, that life is holographic and connected, and the way to produce results around you is to produce them within yourSelf. It is a scientific prayer to awaken you to a truth you have never told yourself so that you may be set free from what is blocking you and reprogram that which no longer serves you into a new program/way of thinking.
Ayurvedic aromatherapy is a complementary therapy taught by David Crow and Jade Shutes that stimulates and supports the body’s own natural healing abilities, including the whole person–body, mind, and soul, seeing them as a unique individual. This attempts to address the underlying causes of an illness by educating the client on the Self and the nature of essential oils and their benefits while adopting the philosophy of Hippocrates: “First do no harm.” Aromatherapy can be used to reduce anxiety and agitation, balance the elements within the body, and assist in reducing the impact of stress on the physical body. Hippocrates is also known as having said “The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day.”
Abhyanga Massage using specific oils: An Indian Ayurvedic massage that helps to move toxins out of the tissues and clears the lymphatic system of waste (suggested when going through any detoxification) and improving immunity. It is also very relaxing, as well as lubricating and cleansing for the skin and deeper tissues.
Traditional Detoxification and Rejuvenation Therapies
For once you’ve cleared space for something mentally and/or physically it’s up to you to create your new foundation.
- Food: for your constitution to keep the elements balanced.
- Herbs to support the body as it returns to homeostasis:
Being a part of Ayurveda, Herbology is a preventative form of healing that looks to recognize the subtle signs of our imbalances before we allow them to manifest into a western dis-ease. It’s a form of healing that looks to hear what the body is saying to you. Many acute illness can be treated at home with nature’s medicine with simple things like garlic, ginger, lemons and so on…..this is no secret or old wives tale. We can all take responsibility to some degree for the conditions we are in. Without accountability we will continue to be attached to our habits and will expect someone else to take our pain away. This type of thinking keeps us in a victim mode and prevents expansion of consciousness and growth.
Life has evolved, however it has not evolved above nature–we cannot control her. The wisdom of nature is constantly calling for our attention. Each day we need to breathe and eat and how we eat, the medicine we choose, and the lifestyles we live create the bodies we have today. Mother Nature’s love, wisdom, and harsh lessons will be here forever it’s time to reconnect to our world and the living so we can live in greater harmony with each other and the earth.
Sound Therapy, Mantras and Music
Our lives are so affected by sound. Sound travels through water four times faster than it does through air. The body being 80% water when a high vibrational sound healing tool is used on the body, or in meditation, you create a symphony of healing that travels within the body’s energy channels assisting what needs to be healed to rise to the surface. When using earth’s crystals along with sound vibration we clear, enhance, and raise, and our vibration to a higher level. Crystal sound affects the body and, especially, the brain relaying a resonance that allows consciousness to travel into altered states of awareness.
As Regina Murphy teaches us in her sound healing classes Pythagoras was not only known for his contribution to mathematics and geometric theorems, his major contribution to music theory was the discovery of mathematical relationships, the ratio between the harmonic intervals of the sounds of the planets orbits….he actually heart the music of the spheres. Can you hear the vibration of your soul?