What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is pronounced “I – ur – vay – da” is the sister science to yoga. 


Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word translated to science of life:

  • Ayur = life
  • Veda = science or knowledge


Both yoga and Ayurveda come from the Vedic traditions dated back more than 5,000 years.  Ayurveda is a comprehensive medical system practiced in India for thousands of years that is individualized to a person’s constitution.  Your constitution is based on the relationship to the 3 fundamental energies.  In Ayurveda, everything can be a medicine or a poison depending on how it is used.


Ayurveda is a very practical, pragmatic, simple approach to life and wellness.  It uses common sense with underlying principles: 

  • Like attracts like
  • To reduce something, do the opposite
  • Everything is striving for balance


As it is an ancient tradition, methods of measuing were very different thousands of years ago.  Ayurveda is a qualitative tradition. Qualities are how we observe/measure:

  • Qualitative = a property that can be observed but not measured numerically
    • Ayurveda is based on the analysis of qualities
  • Quantitative = a property that can be observed and measured numerically
    • Western medicine is based on the analysis of quantities


Life and everything in it can be examined through many lenses, for example:

  • Elements
  • Doshas = fundamental energies
  • Gunas = primal qualities


Everything, animate and inanimate, has a special characteristic:

  • Fire = burns
  • Scissors = cut
  • Humans = search for happiness


Ayurveda focuses on the subtle energies of ALL things: organic and inorganic things and their thoughts, actions, and emotions.  There are 3 fundamental energies, or doshas, are called (1)  Vata, (2) Pitta, (3) Kapha


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