The Science of Life
Ayurveda is well over 5000 years' old and is one of the only known complete medical systems still in existence. The roots of Ayurveda stem from the Vedic culture of ancient India. Ayurveda is referred to as "knowledge of life" or "science of life," as a conjunction of two Sanskrit words: ayur ("life") and veda ("knowledge").
Ayurveda offers a path to optimal health and development for each individual through its profound understanding of natural laws, and our relationship to them (we are part of nature!). While disconnection from our dynamic, natural environment leads to imbalance and disease, living in sync with the cycles of nature maintains and nurtures one's health.
Going beyond symptoms to the root cause of the disease is where true healing begins. Balancing the body, mind and spirit, allows us to understand the language of nature--within and around us--so that we can live harmoniously. Ayurvedic practices restore the wellness of our entire being, resulting in self-healing, vitality and longevity. The potential of self-healing is available to all through the simple and practical art of Ayurveda.
United Within and With All That Is
Like Ayurveda, Yoga first emerged from the Vedic culture over 5,000 years ago, as a means to prepare the body and mind for meditation. Though today many might relate the word "Yoga" to flexibility and a series of unusual postures, the word actually means “to join" or "union", and the system of Yoga and its impact go far beyond the physical.
Yoga fosters unity of the body, mind, and spirt. From a physical standpoint, a regular yoga practice has been proven to reduce stress, boost emotional wellbeing, increase strength and flexibility, improve cardiovascular fitness, manage weight, and enhance vitality. Though many may start a yoga practice for its physical benefits, they often find that their practice begins to affect other aspects of their lives. Yoga practitioners may begin to make more mindful choices and pay closer attention to their relationships with partners, family, and friends. They may even begin to develop greater compassion for themselves and the world around them.
In short, Yoga provokes personal inquiry and awakens interconnection. This connection within the self and with something greater than the self is why the benefits of Yoga include and extend beyond that of stretching and exercise. Many people discover a greater sense of self-awareness and, in turn, develop a stronger connection with all beings, the planet, and the universe.