Ayurveda is an holistic system of medicine that is indigenous and widely practiced in India. The word Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term meaning the “science of life.” Ayur means “life” or “daily living,” and Veda is “knowing.” It is believed that Ayurveda was first revealed to sages of ancient India in deep meditation—the same way that the Ten Commandments were revealed to Moses at Mt. Sinai. This healing system has been practiced in daily life in India for more that 5,000 years.
Ayurveda teaches that man is a microcosm; a universe within himself. He is a child of the cosmic forces of the external environment, the macrocosm. His individual existence is indivisible from the total cosmic manifestation. Ayurveda views health and “dis-ease” in holistic terms, taking into consideration the inherent relationship of the individual and consciousness, energy and matter.
Ayurveda helps the healthy person to maintain health and the diseased person to regain health. It is the oldest of all healing arts. The practice of Ayurveda is designed to promote human happiness, health and creative growth. By studying the teachings of Ayurveda, the practical knowledge of self-healing may be acquired by anyone. By the proper balance of all energies in the body, the processes of physical deterioration and disease can be impressively reduced.
The capacity of the individual for self-healing is a basic concept to Ayurvedic science. Together with meditation, mantra science and easy-gentle yoga, Ayurveda helps the individual to achieve longevity, rejuvenation and self-realization.
Ayurveda is an integral part of AMI’s self-care health program. A basic understanding of Ayurveda is part of the curriculum for the entry level course: COMPREHENSIVE MEDITATION: The Heart and Science of Yoga™.