Ayurveda is the ancient medicine of India which originated more than 5,000 years ago.
Its modern practice is philosophically linked to Yoga and Tantra. The capability for self-
healing and self-awareness is central to treatment. Treatment consists primarily of
lifestyle and hygiene modifications, yoga, breathing, meditation, massage, the use of
herbs, gems and metals, with emphasis on laxatives and purgatives.
Ayurveda, Yoga and Tantra form interdependent practices, together nurturing the health
of the body and the mind.
Three subtle life energies (vata, pitta, and kapha) govern one’s mind and body. Vata can
be translated roughly as air, space, or movement, Pitta as heat or fire, and Kapha as
stability, water plus earth. If these elements are out of balance, illness occurs. Each
person’s ideal balance of these energies is set at birth and does not change. Health is
maintained by keeping vata, pitta, and kapha close to one’s individualized balance
through proper diet, exercise and rejuvenation programs.
Imbalance of these energies creates toxins that circulate through the body and accumulate
in weak areas. Repression of emotions or bodily urges results in an imbalance of vata. In
Ayurvedic practice, one is taught to observe negative emotions with detachment,
allowing them to dissipate. For example, one is taught that when anger occurs, one
should be completely aware of it, watch the feeling as it unfolds, learn the nature of the
anger, then let it go, releasing it. Ayurveda teaches that all negative emotions can be
released through awareness.
Just as repression of emotions can cause the harmful build-up of toxins, one should also
not supress bodily functions such as coughing, sneezing, belching, or passing gas.
Generally speaking, imbalances in bodily waste systems result in disease. Diabetes and
ascites, for example, result from imbalances of urine and perspiration.
Ayurveda teaches a “moment to moment” monitoring of the interactions betw