Ayurveda is the 5,000-year-old healing system from India..
• It provides the foundation for our products and services
• Derived from the Sanskrit words ayus meaning life, and veda meaning wisdom, Ayurveda, the wisdom of life,
offers a proven guide for attaining happiness, vitality, love, and purpose
• From the Ayurvedic perspective, human beings are not viewed as mere thinking physical machines, but rather as fields
of intelligence in dynamic exchange with the energy and information of the environment
• Health is more than the absence of disease; it is a dynamic state of physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing
• Health, happiness, vitality, and beauty are the fruits of a balanced life
• Balance is achieved through lifestyle choices that nourish body, mind and soul
• Yoga and mediation are essential tools to support a healthy and peaceful mind and body
• Our environment has a profound influence on how we feel
• Education, services, and products that engage all five senses - sound, touch, sight, taste, and smell – can enliven our
• Creating a harmonized daily routine is a necessary step to achieve Perfect Health
The Five Great Elements..
The same intelligence that flows in nature flows in every cell of our body; therefore, understanding the fundamental
building blocks of nature allows us to better understand ourselves. According to Ayurveda, there are five basic
principles, or elements, which comprise everything we perceive through our senses. These five elements exist both
within and without us. They can be described as space, air, fire, water and earth.
• The Space element (Akasha in Sanskrit) represents the open expanse in which everything is contained. In the
universe, space expresses itself as the vast emptiness that underlies the physical world. Within our bodies, space can
be recognized as the gaps between and within cells through which information flows.
• The Air element (Vayu in Sanskrit) is the animating force of life; it is present in everything that moves. Externally this
force is represented as the wind; internally it is the movement of breath, circulation and nerve impulses.
• The Fire element (Tejas in Sanskrit) is present in everything that generates heat, light or transformation. Fire expresses
itself in the outer world as the sun and internally as our digestive and cognitive processes.
• The Water element (Jala in Sanskrit) connects and nourishes the physical substance of our bodies. Our bodies are
comprised of roughly 70% water, as is the planet itself. Internally our organs and systems are nourished by the river of our
plasma, our joints are lubricated by synovial fluid and our central nervous system is protected by cerebrospinal fluid.
• The Earth element (Prithivi in Sanskrit) expresses itself as solidity, mass and form. It is reflected in nature as planets,
mountains, rocks and all solid structures. Internally the earth element gives rise to our bones, muscles, tendons and cartilage.
Three doshas are derived from the five elements..
• The five elements organize themselves into three essential principles of life: movement, metabolism and protection,
known in Sanskrit as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
• These principles, which we can think of as Wind, Fire and Earth are the forces which govern every natural function, and
regulate every process within our mind and body.
• Because we are unique expressions of nature, each of us has an inherent tendency towards one or more of these
principles. This explains why we each respond differently to the same stimulus.
• Some of us are naturally more “earthy,” while others are clearly more “fiery” or “airy.”
As we discuss the functions and characteristics of each of these principles, notice with which ones you most identify.
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