I received my certificate as an Ayurvedic Medicine Practitioner from the American University of Complementary Medicine. I am a registered yoga teacher having completed a 500 hour teacher training program and another 60 hours of meditation and pranayama (breathing practice) training. I have participated in silence retreats where I practiced silence, yoga, meditation and breathing exercises.
I will share information within this blog about history and philosophy of Ayurveda and Yoga that you may find interesting.
Ayurveda: Ayur means life and Veda means knowledge or science. Ayurveda means the science of life. As far as we can tell, Ayurveda has always been in existence. There is solid evidence that Ayurveda was practiced 5,000BCE. That is 7,000 years of study with its main goal of maintaing health for the healthy and secondary goal of relief from illness for the unhealthy.
Yoga is a sister science to Ayurveda and evidence of its existence is 7,000 to 9,000BCE.
Ayurveda states that our mind is invisible, imperceptible to our senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch), but controls and coordinates the function of our sense organs. Our mind and senses provide the means by which we understand the world around us.
The mind is the superintendent of the senses and when the mind is balanced it will make healthful lifestyle choices for our body from what we choose to eat and drink to how much we sleep and exercise.
For instance, training our mind to make small changes with respect to diet choices can be fairly easy and will make big improvements in our health right away. Ayurveda believes that an unwholesome diet is one of the major causes of disease, so it’s a great place to start.
I BEGIN NOW:
One small change to make right away is to drink hot or room temperature water instead of cold or iced water. Hot or room temperature water helps us digest food better than cold water by strengthening digestive power and reducing metabolic waste. Cold water slows our digestive system and warm or hot water helps keep things moving through our digestive system on time.