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, truth, or understanding.
Dating back over 5,000 years, Ayurveda is widely considered to be the oldest system of holistic medicine still in practice. Based on the premise that each of us is unique, and therefore has unique and differing needs, Ayurveda offers an ideal framework for self-healing through diet, lifestyle, herbs, and specialized Ayurvedic therapies.
In India, 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 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.