Ayurveda, which means the “science of life”, is a 5,000- year old holistic wellness and healing system from India, with a strong emphasis on prevention of dis-ease by living in harmony with one’s innate constitution and honoring the rhythms of time and nature. It is a sister science to Yoga, both come from the same philosophical roots and complement each other.
Ayurveda looks at the wholeness of body, mind and spirit and uses five sense therapy treatments, including diet, herbs, mantras, meditation, yoga, aromas, massage, colors, music, cleanses, and other therapeutic lifestyle changes to create the optimal conditions for the inner wisdom of the body to restore and heal itself, and maintain vitality
Ayurvedic philosophy teaches that all of nature is a combination of the five great elements – ether, air, fire, water and earth. These elements combine to form the three doshas, or energies – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Vata is comprised of air and ether, Pitta is fire and water, and Kapha is water and earth.
Each of us is born with a unique combination of the three doshas – this is our prakruti, our energetic constitution, our balanced state of being. As we interact with the outside world through the five senses, the food we eat, and the stresses we endure, the ideal state of our doshas can become unbalanced – this is vikruti.
The Ayurvedic path to wellness begins with determining our unique prakruti and vikruti. The specific modalities are tailored to the individual and help restore balance, bringing us closer to our prakruti. The focus is on addressing the root cause of imbalance and on building ojas - the body's innate ability to withstand stress and keep dis-ease at bay.
Current scientific research is increasingly discovering what Ayurveda has been teaching for millennia - diet and lifestyle practices are cornerstones of good health. Discover how Ayurveda can address digestive issues, energy, immunity, sleep issues, stress management and more.
Betty Brown, RN
Betty is an Ayurvedic Health Educator and currently an intern with the California College of Ayurveda. She is a Registered Nurse (RN), with a BSN from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing in 1992. She incorporates her passion for cooking through the lenses of Ayurveda, where food is considered medicine.
Find out more about Betty: bwellayurveda.com
Sonia grew up in India, the home of Ayurveda and Yoga. She has a traditional career as a CPA. In 2015, Sonia began her Ayurveda study at the Yoga on High School of Ayurveda / California College of Ayurveda. She has completed the Level 1 Ayurveda Health Educator (AHE) and Level 2 Ayurveda Health Practitioner (AHP) studies, and is currently completing the AHE Internship program.
Find out more about Sonia: www.ayurvedacolumbus.com