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Learn Ayurveda

Ayurveda, meaning ‘the science of life’ is considered to be the oldest healing science in the world.  It is practiced extensively in Sri Lanka and India having being preserved through the ages by oral tradition as well as written form.  This ancient practice focuses on prevention of disease through a deeper connection between the mind and the body; on a state of total health based on vigour, energy and balance. The concept of balance is important in Ayurveda - the balance of body, mind and consciousness based on each person's individual constitution.

Ayurveda and its History
The Ayurvedic medical system is known as one of the most complete healing systems throughout the world.  It is a holistic method of healing and operates on all planes of the human system and has been the root of almost all medical disciplines, philosophy and treatment throughout eastern civilization. Originating, around 5000 years ago, in India, ayurveda has been passed down through successive generations within the same families.

Meaning of Ayurveda
The word “Ayurveda” originates from the ancient language of Sanskrit meaning “science of life” (‘ayur’ meaning ‘life’ and ‘veda’ meaning ‘science’).  In Sanskrit, this word has a wider meaning, which includes plants and animals as well as humans.

The origins of Ayurveda are shrouded in Indian mythology. “Mahabrahma” (the Hindu god of creation) is said to have communicated this system of healing to a number of enlightened and distinguished personalities. Among them were Charaka who founded internal medicine and Sushrutha, from the Dhanwantara School of surgeons.

Aims of Ayurveda
Ayurveda has a two-fold aim; to prevent diseases and to treat and cure diseases.  As a holistic discipline, it seeks to promote health on all three planes of life: mentally, physically and spiritually.