Ayurveda is the art of living in harmony with the nature that makes us and surrounds us. It is an ancient way of life born in India more than 6000 years ago. This millennial science is based on the knowledge of nature, and its interactions with each individual. The term “Ayurveda” is broken down into “Ayus”, which means life and “Veda”, science.
Today, Ayurveda is a recognized curative and preventive medicine, because it has proven itself, especially on incurable diseases in the West. It is also a preventive practice that is more and more followers in search of balance and well-being. Food, medicinal plants, massages and yoga are the precepts …
INDIVIDUAL AND PHYSICAL COMPOSITION
At the base of Ayurveda, everything is a combination of 5 elements: air, fire, earth, water and space. According to Ayurveda, each individual is composed of 5 elements grouped into 3 vital energies called doshas: Pitta (fire + water), Kapha (earth + water) and Vata (air + space).
Each individual is a combination of these 3 doshas, in different proportions. In this sense, each individual is unique, it is the constitution of birth: the Prakiti.
Most of the time, one of the doshas prevails, the latter determining our basic constitution: Vâta, Pitta or Kapha. Depending on a context, and our experiences, our initial constitution can be modified creating dysfunctions or diseases, this modified constitution is named Vrikiti.
The goal of Ayurveda is to find an ideal of constitution, Prakiti: our original composition.
To this physical composition tridoshas, is added the mental constitution of each individual. The mental balance is in balance with the physical constitution, all in interaction with the external environment.
The role of food is paramount in Ayurveda. The food is the first remedy. Each food ingested will act on the physical balance and thus on the health. The doshas also have their seat, ie their privileged place, mainly located in the gastrointestinal tract.
Ayurveda defines digestion in 3 stages. The first, the “taste” is divided into sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter and astringent. These 6 tastes increase or decrease the doshas. The second step is the energy produced by digestion that can be increased or slowed down. The last step is the long-term effect of the diet, for example, weight gain.
The functions of digestion do not apply to herbs and substances used in Ayurvedic medicine, which have very specific specific actions. This is the phytotherapy component of Ayurveda. In case of a problem or disease, the Indian herbarium includes nearly 500 plants, used in the form of powder, paste, oil or decoction, internally or externally in poultices and massages.
Massages are used to improve the metabolism. The tissues like the muscles, the fat, the skin according to Ayurveda are indicative of a good or bad health. The principle of circulation of nutrients, waste and energy is considered via channels.
Yoga with its gentle physical activity will improve digestion, help flush out toxins and help promote good circulation. In addition, it helps calm the mind and become aware of his body, by the practice of posture and a rhythmic breathing. He also brings a holistic and sacred approach to Ayurveda.