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THE TRADITIONAL INDIAN SYSTEM OF HEALING

Ayurveda can be translated to mean the “science of life,” “knowledge of longevity,” or “the art of living.”  The word ayuh means life, and veda means knowledge or truth.  It is perhaps the oldest system of holistic medicine that is still around today, dating back over 5,000 years. In India, where Ayurveda is still widely practiced, Yoga and Ayurveda are considered to be “two sides of the same coin.” While the ultimate goal of Yoga is self-realization, Ayurveda’s primary goal is self-healing. Ayurveda is a system based on the premise that the body is naturally inclined toward health and wholeness, and offers therapies for supporting the body’s natural intelligence to heal. Ultimately, Ayurveda provides the foundation in body and mind for pursuing a spiritual path through yoga. Together, these two systems afford a complete system of restoring health and harmony in body, mind, and spirit.

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