Introduction & History
Ayurveda Concept of Creation
The Tri-Dosha (Three Doshas)
Understanding the Mind/Body Constitution
Dhatus, Srotas & Malas
Principles & Properties of Digestion
Basics of Ayurvedic Nutrition
The Disease Process
Yoga and Ayurveda Practices
Ayurvedic Assessment Techniques
Ayurveda Glossary & Assessments
Why Study Ayurveda?
“To come to know who I really am”. “To better understand the mysteries of the Universe”. “To better live in harmony with nature”. These are just a few of the many reasons we hear why our students are attracted to Ayurveda.
As abstract and varied as the reasons may be, one of the most practical and compelling reasons to learn Ayurveda is that it is a highly effective method of prevention and a natural means for the reversal of disease.
Ayurveda is a multi-modality approach to creating optimal health, and when guided by a qualified practitioner, the results can be impressive!
Ayurveda – Art of Healing
This is a wonderful introduction video into the vast science of Ayurveda and covers some of the basic therapies.
Introduction to Ayurveda
Ayurveda is considered by most medical historians to be the world’s oldest system of natural medicine, originating at least 3,000 years ago. Many of the older ancient systems of natural medicine, such as Egyptian. Chinese, Persian, and Greek, are believed to have their roots in Ayurveda.
The word Veda means “knowledge or science”. The vast Vedic literature of India, often referred to as Vedic Science, contains detailed knowledge about the laws of nature and their application to human life.
Ayus means “life or life span”. Ayurveda is thus the “Science of Life” or “Knowledge of the Life Span.” It deals with the fundamental principles in nature that underlies the creation, preservation, and restoration of health and the promotion of longevity. Ayurvedic medicine is a complete science of healthy, balanced living.
It is taught throughout India today as a medical practice in various Ayurvedic colleges and hospitals. As a health system, it is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Ayurveda is unique amongst the healthcare disciplines in the World as it places an emphasis on removing the causes of disease and suffering.
May you have the dedication and inspiration to follow it through completely, in the way that is most beneficial and creative for you and may it assist you in your life and growth and aid you in being of service to mankind.
“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use; when diet is correct, medicine is of no need” – Ancient Ayurvedic Proverb
Ayurvedic practitioners are fond of quoting the following: “One should be more interested in what kind of person has the symptoms than in what kind of symptoms the person has.”
Thus we notice that to restore balance and harmony in anyone, it is of greater importance to know the body-mind constitution than to have extensive knowledge of symptoms and illnesses.
Ayurveda’s primary goal is to preserve health and prevent disease through natural methods such as nutrition, herbs, meditation and daily routines, though its wisdom goes far beyond the physical body. In addition to improving your own health and wellness, knowledge of Ayurveda is a powerful tool for your professional life, whether you work in a healing modality, wish to make a career change into one, or wish to introduce a holistic philosophy or niche to your industry.
Principles for Healthy, Long Life with Purpose
When there is continuous spiritual, mental, emotional or physical imbalance healing is needed. Ayurveda offers various means of “treatment” which includes spiritual practices, psychological evaluation, adjustments in mental attitudes and thinking habits, regulation of emotions, behaviour modification, body cleansing procedures, exercise, rest, nutritious foods, . The aim being not to suppress symptoms of discomfort or disease, but to remove underlying causes so that healing is complete and permanent.
We are not in this world only to survive and consume natural resources; we are here to live skilfully and freely with a clearly known purpose. For this, four soul-urges (purusharthas) need to be fulfilled:
- Dharma: righteousness, both spiritual and ritual (religious, social and/or moral). Living in harmony with nature so that we have its support and it has ours.
- Artha: prosperity, as well as pursuit of meaning (material and/or financial). This is to be freely functional and receptive to life and have needs spontaneously met without strain.
- Kāma: pleasure (sensual). Having our life-enhancing desires easily fulfilled to effectively accomplish our purpose. Without deep, latent desires (samskaras) there would be no incarnation. Desires must be acknowledged and reasonably fulfilled with mindfulness so as to move towards freedom from them, not adding to a continuous cycle of fulfilling and intensifying.
- Mokṣa: liberation; detachment (spiritual). The need to experience authentic spiritual growth that results in illumination of mind and consciousness.
Ayurveda aims to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit. This balance is believed to lead to happiness and health, and to help prevent illness.
The Importance of Ayurveda
- Ayurveda is to promote health, increase immunity and resistance-and to cure imbalances in the body and mind.
- The two main aims of Ayurveda are maintenance of this equilibrium and its repair in case of any imbalance and derangement.
- Ideas about the relationships among people, their health, and the universe form the basis for how Ayurvedic practitioners think about problems that affect health.
- Ayurveda had recognised the importance of the environment in the total health.
- Ayurveda helps each individual realign their living patterns to bring about health and peace and to remember that their true nature is Spirit.
- Ayurveda gives equal importance to both preventive and curative aspects.
BONUS: Besides all the course material – you will receive 12 hours of audio interviews with international Ayurveda Experts!
Note: It is highly recommended to complete the Lessons in the order presented for maximum learning benefits, since the lessons build and follow-on after each other.