Ayurveda means "the science of life" on Sanskrt, the ancient Indian language. It is a traditional healing discipline rooting from India. The knowledge on Ayurveda stems from the Vedas, the Indian sacred scriptures, and it has been passed from the rishis to their disciples from generation to generation. For a long time, Ayurveda has been considered as a secret science. However, it contains simple and practical knowledge about life. Its principles universally apply to every aspect of one´s life.
Ayurveda has a holistic approach, unifying the body, mind and spirit. It considers each individual as an emanation of the universe and if we align our body, mind and spirit with the universe, health follows. Ayurveda teaches that each of us has a self-healing mechanism within us. It helps a healthy person to stay healthy, and a sick person to regain his health.
The focus of Ayurveda is on the 5 elements (fire, water, earth, air, ether) and senses (hear, touch, sight, taste and smell). Everything in nature appears through the 5 elements and they appear in the human body through doshas. There are three doshas - Vata dosha (space and air), Pitta dosha (fire and water) and Kapha dosha (water and earth). According to Ayurveda, when we are born we inherited our constitution and our true nature from Prakriti, a creative feminine force. The unique combination of these elements is determined in the moment of our birth and they stay the same throughout our whole life. This way we can realize how to live in harmony with our true nature and see what causes disbalance and disease.