Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word, derived from two roots - ayur (which means life) and veda (knowledge). Knowledge arranged systematically with logic becomes science. During the due course of time, Ayurveda became the science of life and now called so. It has its root in ancient vedic literature and encompasses our entire life, the body, mind and spirit.
Another longer definition of ayurveda goes: ayurhitahitamvyadhe nidaanamshamanam thathaa vidyate yatra vidhwadhihi tatra ayurveda uchyate. This verse takes us to a deeper level to understand what ayurveda is.
Manifestation of Creation:
From the essence of satva the five senses are created:- Ears to hear, skin to perceive touch, eyes to see, the tongue to taste, and the nose, to smell. The essence of rajas is manifested as the five motor organs: speech, hands, feet, genitals and the organs of excretion. The mind is derived from satva, while rajas is manifested as prana, the life force. The tamasic quality is also responsible for the creation of tan matra, the subtle elements, and from whom the five basic elements are manifested. They are space, air, fire, water and earth.
Expansion of consciousness is space and space is all enclosive. We need space to live, and our bodily cells contain spaces.
Its representative in the body is the biological air, responsible for movement of afferent and efferent, sensory and motor-neuron impulses.
Where there is movement, there is friction, which creates heat, so the third manifestation of consciousness is fire, the principal of heat.
Because of the heat of the fire, consciousness melts into water.
The next manifestation of consciousness is the earth element. Because of the heat of the fire and water, there is crystallization. According to Ayurveda, earth molecules are nothing but crystallization of consciousness.
The Three Doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha
The structural aspect of the body is made up of five elements, but the functional aspect of the body is governed by three biological humors. Ether and air together constitute vata; fire and water, pitta; and water and earth, kapha. Vata, pitta and kapha are the three biological humors that are the three biological components of the organism. They govern psycho-biological changes in the body and physio-pathological changes too. Vata-pitta-kapha are present in every cell, tissue and organ. In every person they differ in permutations and combinations.
According to Ayurveda, there are seven body types: mono-types (vata, pitta or kapha predominant), dual types (vata-pitta, pitta-kapha or, kapha-vata), and equal types, (vata, pitta and kapha in equal proportions). Every individual has a unique combination of these three doshas. To understand individuality is the foundation of healing according to Ayurveda, "The Science of Life" - http://www.ayurvedichealth.4t.com
Introduction to Ayurveda
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Intro To Ayurveda
Dr. Indu Arora talks about the basics of Ayurveda, India's traditional system of medicine. A Van Howe Enterprises, LTD production.
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An Introduction to Ayurveda - The Three Doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha)
Join Justin Robertshaw for an introduction on some of the basic principles of Ayurveda. Justin speaks with a special emphasis on applying what we learn into our daily lives rather than just accumulating mere concepts that we add into our minds.
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Introduction to Ayurveda by Dr. Deb Kern
In this presentation, Dr. Deborah Kern explains basic concepts of Ayurveda in a simple, practical and understandable way. According to Ayurveda, health is harmony of mind, body and spirit. Ayurveda also states that everything that exists in the external universe has its counterpart in the internal universe of the human mind/body/spirit. Dr. Kern shows how these concepts can be applied to everyday, modern life.
Introduction to Ayurveda with Dr. Marc Halpern
Introduction to Ayurveda with Dr. Marc Halpern. Learn about Ayurveda with Dr. Marc Halpern, founder of the California College of Ayurveda.
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Introduction To Ayurveda: Exploring The Science Of Life: Part 1
Introduction to Ayurveda: Exploring the Science of Life: Part 1
Whether you are brand new to Ayurveda and looking for an introduction or wanting to understand better the information you already have, you can expand your knowledge of the foundational principles of this ancient science with this intensive. These principles provide a detailed foundation on which to pursue deeper knowledge. You can also immediately begin applying Ayurvedic concepts and elements of an Ayurvedic lifestyle into your existing routine.
To understand something completely, to really understand it, to know it, is to have an experience of it. By attending this weeklong intensive with Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc, who presents Ayurveda completely from beginning to end, it is possible to gain a true understanding of how the pieces are connected and the whys behind what is recommended and what isn’t. This knowledge is not just a lesson to memorize a list. Vasant Lad teaches you to understand how the body, mind, and spirit are all one, not separate, and how causes or experiences in one realm, if not attended to, can start affecting the others. He shows you that not all physical ailments are rooted in the physical realm.
Learn how Ayurveda describes health, studies disease, and organizes the physical body into structural tissues and functional channels. Find your unique Ayurvedic prakruti (constitution) through pulse. Discover what an Ayurvedic practitioner looks for, asks, and does during a consultation and observe Vasant Lad working with clients in a clinical setting. Learn the reasoning behind Ayurvedic lifestyle, diet, meditation, tips, and techniques, including how to prepare some basic Ayurvedic dishes at home.
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Find out the ancient origins and the principles of Ayurveda. Which are the 3 main body types and how do they influence in our lives? In this video you will learn the main characteristics of Ayurveda and how it can improve your heath.
Ayurveda - a simple introduction to the basic principles of ayurveda
I will try to explain the basic concepts of Ayurveda in a simple way. These are taken from Kiran Vyas's book called L'Ayurveda au quotidien.
- Definition of Ayurveda
- Objectives of Ayurveda
- Theory of the 5 elements
- 3 types of doshas
- 3 pillars for good health
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Origin History of Ayurveda, Introduction to Ayurveda
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The video gives a brief account of the origin of Ayurveda from Vedic era and traces its journey to its current status as academic qualification in India
Introduction To Ayurveda: The Doshas - Vata Pitta & Kapha
According to the ancient teachings of Ayurveda, there are three doshas called vata, pitta, and kapha. Each of the three doshas are present throughout the body and the principle that recognizes that each human being is born with unique combinations of predominant qualities. Essentially, doshas govern our physiology and all activities of the body, mind, and emotions.