In Sanskrit (India's classical language), Ayu means life, in the combination of mind, body, senses and the soul, and Veda in a simplified sense, means "knowledge".
Ayurveda is one of the oldest systems of natural health care and is considered one of the leading forms of holistic medicine. It embraces the healing of all aspects of our being (body, mind, and consciousness) through diet, lifestyle (including exercise, yoga and meditation), Ayurvedic herbs and herbal preparations, as well as cleansing and rejuvenating programmes and therapies.
According to Ayurveda, most people are born in a perfect state of balance but quickly lose it due to man-made factors, such as a poor diet or unsuitable lifestyles. Our Ayurveda retreats offer everyone the chance to re-discover for themselves what their optimal condition might be. Put simply, Ayurveda seeks to keep you in good health by balancing your individual constitution, or ‘dosha’. The idea of 'dosha' follows the therory that everybody is made up of a unique blend of the three basic physiological principles that govern bodily processes (vata, pitta and kapha). Ayurveda followers see a disease in the body as an imbalance of the three dosha - and as such the treatments are focused on regaining a healthy balance.
Ayurveda states that good digestion is the key to optimal health. An Ayurvedic health programme will help you to slowly implement routines and dietary guidelines specific to your constitution and/or doshic imbalance. The use of Ayurvedic herbs and herbal preparations will promote balance and harmony of the doshas, strengthening the immune system and promoting general vitality.
A balanced lifestyle that takes into account food, sleeping habits, and bowel movements, as well as following daily routines and practices such as yoga (or exercise) and meditation, will bring discipline and help maintain the harmony of the doshas, thus promoting overall health.
Ayurveda treatments are often different for each person and are tailored to optimise health benefits based on individual needs and state of health. The therapy treatments recommended will also include education where you will learn and understand various theoretical and practical aspects of Ayurveda, and will be able to progressively integrate techniques and best practice into your everyday life for a healthier and happier future.