Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine, with its origin in India. It has been practiced for over 5000 years to help heal people physically and emotionally and bring the body back into its natural state of balance and optimal health.
Since all matter is energy, Ayurveda focuses on balancing the energy in the body, using concept of the 5 elements (ether, air, fire, water, earth) as the foundation since the human body is made up of these 5 elements, as 3 energies or Tridoshas.
The Tridoshas are:
Every human being is made up of a combination of these 3 doshas, which makes up their human constitution. The aim of Ayurveda is to balance these 3 doshas.
Practices such as nutrition, diet, herbs, cleaning practices, yoga, pranayama, meditation, environmental changes and more, are used in Ayurveda, to help bring the body back into balance.
If you'd like to learn more about Ayurveda, including the 3 doshas, discovering your human constitution and practices that that can help you to create balance in your body, physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically and spiritually, I highly recommend the 3 books below. Even if you are not trying to get pregnant, The Ayurveda Guide to Fertility by Heather Grzych is an excellent book for anyone wanting to learn the basics of Ayurveda. I hope you will enjoy these books and learn more about this natural and holistic method to healing.
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Author: Sally Mitchell, founder of Body Flows Yoga Retreats and RYT 200 Yoga Teacher leads yoga retreats in the USA, Mexico and Costa Rica. Living in beautiful Sonoma, California, after 15 years in NYC and San Francisco, her approach as a leader and teacher is holistic, balanced and grounded. She enjoys studying and practicing Yoga and Buddhism, hiking and trail running in nature, traveling, writing and inspiring others to live a more spiritual and meaningful life.