The knowledge of Ayurveda enables one to understand how to create this balance of body, mind and consciousness according to one’s own individual constitution and how to make lifestyle changes to bring about and maintain this balance
Ayurveda is a 5,000 years old science originated in India and considered by many to be the oldest healing science, also called the “Mother of All Healings.” Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that means “the science of life” and it was taught for thousands of years in an oral tradition from masters to disciples.
According to Ayurveda the entire Universe, it is composed of the Five Great Elements or Pancha Maha Bhutas; Ether, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth, including ourselves. The understanding of these five elements provide us with the founding principles for the science of the tri-dosha: Vata (Space + Air), Pitta (Fire), Kapha (Water + Earth).
Ether (Akash) From which all things come and to which all things return, present in all things, seen and unseen, and the equivalent of the Divine.
Air (Vayu) Akasha in motion is Vayu. Responsible for all movement, present during the change of seasons. In the physical body, Air oversees the nervous system and mobility.
Fire (Agni) Fire is responsible for all transformation in the Universe. Fire is most prevalent in the body in neural synapses, digestion, metabolism and catabolism, heat management and all change from one form to another.
Water (Jala) Water is flow, cohesion, lubrication, covalence and connection. Water is responsible for the initial connection, such as in egg and sperm. It keeps fire from getting too hot and incinerating or burning up all that is, and it keeps earth from becoming rigid and brittle.
Earth (Prithvi) Earth is responsible for all forms in the body. It is the most gross, least subtle, and shows up in all mass in existence.
I was diagnosed with psoriasis when I was 29 years old. Psoriasis is thought to be an immune system problem, it is also related to stress, genetic predisposition, and lifestyle.
Twenty-three years ago in Spain, it was not too much information about psoriasis, other than it was not cure for it. Psoriasis is not a life threating disease, but it is uncomfortable, painful in many cases, and very unappealing to the eye.
At the time I was going through some major life changes, I was able to leave a long-time abusive relationship and move away with my daughter to start fresh. The doctor said that all that stress could be one of the main reasons, other than “try not to stress” and “have a healthy diet” nothing specific was said.
Here I was 29 years old, single mom, overcoming a traumatic abusive relationship, and cover with plaque psoriasis on my hands, elbows, knees, and head.
I read anything that I could put my hands on, I started to practice some relaxation, breathing, trying to eat better, and be more present. Was not until a few years later that I learn about Yoga and Ayurveda that I was able to change my life completely as well as my health.
Ayurveda taught me to live in harmony with the cycles of nature and with myself, and Yoga helped me to create a union between my body, mind, and consciousness. I became vegetarian, I introduced foods that were aligned with my constitution (prakruti) to maintain my natural elements and keep them balance, I start cooking with spices to enhance my digestive fire and eliminate toxins from my body, I did treatment with herbs to purify my blood, and I incorporated an Ayurvedic daily routine (dinacharya) that keep my body, mind, and soul integrated. I am completely clear of psoriasis; my skin looks great and feels great. I feel good from the inside out!
Ayurveda changed my life, not only made me healthier, but also made me a better person. Ayurveda not only helps us to heal, restore, and preserve our health, but also to prevent illnesses and to slow down the aging process. I am passionate about teaching others and sharing the wisdom of Ayurveda with others because I know what Ayurveda did for me.
GRATITUDE TO MY TEACHERS
Dr. David Frawley
Dr. Vasant Lad
Dr. Ram Tamang
Dr. Abhijeet Shirkande
Dr. Ankita Shirkande