Ayurveda is the traditional medicine of India and the oldest recorded holistic, healing system, developed more than 5,000 years ago. The word Ayurveda is derived from two Sanskrit words: “ayus” meaning life and “veda” meaning knowledge or science. Ayurveda focuses on tools, insights, and information for living a balanced and healthy lifestyle while preventing illness.
CONNECTING MIND, BODY, & SOUL
WHAT IS AYURVEDA?
WHAT IS THE PHILOSOPHY?
Ayurveda teaches that the mind has the greatest influence over the body towards sickness and health. The goal is to contact your inner intelligence (or mind), bring it to peace and balance, and then extended peace and balance throughout your body. The guiding principle is the interconnection of all things, a holistic perspective that health is not just a lack of illness but a higher state of consciousness that allows vitality, well-being, creativity, and joy into our lives.
Illness is a blockage or disruption to the flow of one’s energy and information that creates a sense of separation from the field. When our bodies are sick or displaying symptoms there is a need to restore balance, eliminate the blockage, and re-establish the healthy flow of energy and information.
Principles for restoring and maintaining mind-body balance can be sought through:
5) Eliminating negativity
6) Nurturing relationships
Space & Air
Fire & Water
Water & Earth
WHAT ARE THE DOSHAS?
There are five elements that make up everything within and around our bodies: Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Biological systems weave these five forces into three primary patterns known as Dosha. Doshas are the mind-body constitutions that each individual has but everyone is a combination of all three. All three Doshas are present in every cell, tissue, and organ but what differs individuals from one another is the unique way we combine all three, determining the distinct qualities of our mind and body; leaving us with dominant tendencies towards one Dosha. Discover your Dosha by taking the quiz here.
The three Doshas are Pitta, Vata, and Kapha. Pitta is comprised of the elements Fire and Water and administers digestion and metabolism. If Pitta predominates in our nature, we tend to be intense, intelligent, and goal oriented with a strong appetite for life. Vata is comprised of Space and Air which regulates movement and change in our minds and bodies. If Vata is a dominant in your system, you tend to be thin, light, enthusiastic, energetic and changeable. Kapha is made from Earth and Water, maintaining and protecting the integrity and structure of our mind and body. As a Kapha dominant dosha you tend to be easy-going, methodical, and nurturing.
The principle goal of Ayurveda is to determine your dominant Dosha and to find balance with the three bodies; the mind, body and soul. Finding balance comes from using all of your senses: taste (nutrition), touch (body treatments), smell (aromatherapy), sight (colours), and hearing (music).
OUR LOGO AND AYURVEDA
The Celtic knot was chosen as our logo because it identifies the importance of Ayurveda in daily life. The goal of Ayurveda is to find balance with the three bodies: the mind, body and soul. We see the Celtic knot as those three bodies continuously intertwining with one another providing balance as all three are present. The knot was also given the colour yellow not only to represent a sense of happiness and enlightenment but also as a sign of welcoming. The knot represents our goal to help our guests find balance and embrace them with kindness, humility and compassion along the way.
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