What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is the knowledge of a long, happy and healthy life. Ayurveda is natural and holistic, timeless and at the same time modern. It can be applied simply and regardless of where we come from and where we live, as well as what likes and dislikes we have. Its secret lies in its holistic approach and the knowledge of our unity with nature and its laws. Ayurveda shows us how to live a balanced life – the basis for total well-being, natural beauty and lasting health.

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The key to well-being through Ayurveda lies in the understanding of the three Ayurvedic fundamental forces 'Vata', 'Pitta' and 'Kapha'. All of our physical, mental and emotional characteristics are expressed in our personality in a completely individual balance of these fundamental forces. They make up our Ayurveda type, our inner nature, the blueprint for a long, healthy life – unique and distinctive like a fingerprint.

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Vata, Pitta, Kapha

Movement, metabolism, structure

According to Ayurveda, the entire cosmos, nature and man are pervaded by three fundamental forces known as the 'three doshas'. They control all physical functions and determine the specific dosha type. The individual distribution of the three doshas characterises the different features of our respective personalities, our likes and dislikes, our strengths and weaknesses.

If the three doshas are in their individual balance, this means that all physical functions can perform smoothly– according to Ayurveda we are then in perfect health and feel completely comfortable in our own body. However if the dosha combination is out of balance, for example because one dosha exerts undue influence over the others, then this can lead to ill health. This is why Ayurvedic texts explain which simple measures we can take to bring a dosha gently back into natural balance. Thus the body's own natural self-healing powers are strengthened. This is traditional knowledge for holistic health.

These are the three doshas:

VATA – the principle of movement

is responsible for the nervous system, breathing and all kinds of movement in the body. The elements of ether (space) and air are associated with the Vata dosha. Balanced Vata makes you feel full of energy, happy, enthusiastic and creative; the mind is calm, clear and alert.

PITTA – the principle of metabolism

governs – among other things – digestion and body temperature. In the area of the mind, it stands for a sharp intellect and emotions. Pitta primarily consists of the fire element. When in balance, Pitta bestows contentment, energy, fluency in speech, good digestive power, correct body temperature and a clear mind.

KAPHA – the principle of structure

provides the body with firmness and stability and maintains the body's fluid balance. The elements of earth and water are associated with Kapha. A balanced Kapha gives strength, stamina, a good immune system, patience and mental stability.

Ayurvedic food supplements

Why they are so important.

Our body is a miracle of nature. Over millions of years a holistic physiology has evolved, which can hardly be surpassed for beauty and perfection. It keeps itself constantly in balance and is able to adapt to outside influences and repair itself. According to the tradition of Ayurveda, humans should be able to live 115 years of age and longer – happily and healthily.

Stress, pollutants and the consumption of heavily processed foods are all on the increase. These influences can overtax the body's ability to repair itself.

The Ayurvedic conception of health and the assumptions about life expectancy and quality of life that follow from it came into being a very long time ago. The amount of pressure was significantly less then, food was natural; body, mind and soul were exposed to fewer problems, stress and foreign material. Today’s fast pace of living, overexertion, industrial foods that are deficient in vital nutrients, lack of exercise, and environmental toxins – all of these factors overtax the limited possibilities of the body to ward off stress and harmful influences according to Ayurvedic understanding. From the perspective of Ayurveda, which dates right back to the time of the Vedic civilisation of India, the conclusion is that nowadays we go out of balance more quickly and age prematurely.

Free radicals – aggressive chaos in the molecular system

The many pressures we are exposed to keep the body's natural defence systems working overtime and promote the formation of oxygen free radicals. Free radicals are a 'sharp weapon' of the immune system, which are very effective at coping with intruders but very harmful when they are in excess and can no longer be kept under control by the relevant substances. Free radicals alter and destroy cell structures irreversibly. According to current medical and scientific knowledge, they play a crucial role in the ageing process and are partly responsible for many common diseases.

Healthy diet – plus antioxidants

Our body is actually well equipped with special enzymes, so-called 'radical scavengers', to protect itself from the destructive fury of free radicals and to render them harmless. Some vitamins, minerals and trace elements, vital substances described as antioxidants, fulfil the same purpose and are therefore considered essential. Antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium relieve and strengthen the potential of the physiology to repair itself. They are absorbed with food – fresh fruits and vegetables in particular contain a relatively large amount of them – and give outside support to the body in its scavenging of free radicals. Nevertheless, there has been a great increase

in pressure on the physiology, from stress and environmental toxicity for example. It is therefore advisable to incorporate regular consumption of health-promoting food supplements that are rich in antioxidants in our diet.

Holistic health

No one person is like another. Each of us has an individual physiological composition and an individual constitution. Our health is influenced by our origins, our talents, our behaviour, our environment, by all that we see, hear, feel and experience.

Ayurveda therefore considers all aspects of life in its recommendations for lasting, holistic health. This holistic perspective is systematically divided into 20 Ayurvedic approaches, which include for example:

• Consciousness (enlivening the body's self-healing powers through Transcendental Meditation)

• Vedic sound and music therapies

• Yoga

• Breathing therapy

• Colour and aroma therapy

• Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis

• Vedic astrology, Jyotish

• Recommendations for a balanced diet according to the individual and his or her constitution

• Daily and seasonal routine

• Ayurvedic cleansing treatments

• Use of herbal and mineral food supplements

Ayurveda Tips

Living a healthy life with Ayurveda

If you’ve lost it once, you know that health is our most precious possession. So let's try to be as careful with it as possible. For each situation in life, each individual type and each season, Ayurveda offers simple tips and rules for how to lead a healthy life.

An important tip concerning our Ayurveda tips:

Don't try to implement all of the suggestions at once, no matter how enthusiastic you may feel about it. Start with the one that best resonates with you or that seems easiest to put into practice and then proceed step by step.

If you have any questions about Ayurveda or about these tips we will be delighted to be at your service.

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