Ayurveda is commonly translated as “The Science of Life and Longevity. “It the fully developed traditional healing system of India. It has been influential in the development of similar medical systems in Asia for thousands of years. Ayurveda is also the sister science of Hatha Yoga, as they share many of the same philosophical and healing techniques. The Five Elements (Ether, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth) are fundamental toAyurvedic theory. Ayurvedists observe interactions between and fluctuations in the rhythm of these elements in the body and mind. In common practice, these observations are organized in reference to constitutional types, or doshas. The main doshas are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Every person has in his or her make-up all of the doshas in a proportion unique to that individual. The goal of Ayurveda is to reestablish and/or maintain the individual’s natural doshic balance.

According to Ayurveda, the unique constitutional (doshic) type inborn in every person shows up in vibrational patterns resonating through the pulse. Pulse diagnosis is therefore central in determining a person’s constitutional type and his or her individual norm. Deviations from this norm due to habit, emotions, diet, interpersonal relationships and other influences are also reflected in the pulse. If doshic imbalances are detected in the early stages, through such diagnosis, illness can be prevented. Ayurveda addresses doshic imbalances through a number of techniques organized into an individualized lifestyle regime, which restores the balance of the doshas natural to a person and prevents future disturbances.

Although Ayurvedists have remained close to the tradition of using natural remedies, as a living science and art, Ayurveda can be adapted to complement other health systems –- such as Western or Chinese medicine. The Ayurvedic practice of educating clients on appropriate diet, herbal techniques, breathing and physical exercises has helped millions of people regain health and prevent serious illness. The effective application of the principles of Ayurveda leads to the empowerment of individuals to lead joyful, productive lives. Ayurveda is a complete wellness system, supporting self-awareness and self care.