What is Ayurveda?
“Ayurveda is not merely a system of medicine, it is a way of life.
This system encourages us to catch imbalance before it begins to create disease. Through food, spices, herbs, natural oils, daily and seasonal rhythms, and gentle seasonal cleansing, the body, mind, soul, and senses are brought into balance- and maybe even bliss.
Ayurvedic practices improve digestion, nourish the tissues, calm the mind, and discourage toxicity. The science of Ayurveda links an intuitive understanding of the qualities of our world, to how we are each affected by foods, lifestyle, and environment.
When we try to live outside of the laws of our universe (example: sleeping in the daytime, eating foods out of season), we end up swimming against the current of nature, which drains our vital energies and results in low immunity, and eventually disease.
The Ayurvedic system of medicine recommends changes, often simple ones, in diet, lifestyle, and environment to bring individuals into balance with the elements of their constitution, climate, and daily life.”
– Kate O’donnell