What is Ayurveda anyway?

There is so much to say on this subject which for me is the appeal.  It is a field of lifelong teachings, embodied in every experience, thought and feeling we have.  Ayurveda appears in all of our life lessons.   In every given moment and more importantly, in every breath we take. 'Ayu' means Life in Sanskrit and 'Veda' means knowledge, science, wisdom.  Together therefore we are offered: The Science of Life. Boom. You can't get more beautiful than that.

Ayurveda is India's traditional healing system, its mind-body medicine of natural living and yogic health.  With its dietary, herbal, self referral and meditation practices it helps us live longer, wiser, happier lives more in harmony with the greater universe and our place within it.  It recognizes that human beings are part of nature and its roots go back deep in time and consciousness.

Connecting with the higher Self is the ultimate goal of Ayurvedic healing as well as that of Yoga practice.  This means that balance and wellbeing in both body and mind are integral aspects of spiritual development and the foundation for deeper practices.  We cannot ignore the body to find the spirit. Rather our body is our vehicle for realizing spirit.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Excerpt from Ayurveda and Marma Therapy by Dr David Frawley, Dr Subhash Ranade and Dr Avinash Lele

Why Do I Need an Ayurvedic Therapist?

You don't.  You can go through life perfectly well without me or any other guidance.  However, if you are at a place in your life where you are showing an deeper interest in your spiritual path, or it is showing a deeper interest in you, then Ayurveda is wonderful way of beginning to figure things out. It's a starting point and an ending point.  A complete masterpiece. It takes you from the farthest reaches of the Cosmos with its medical astrology, otherwise known as Jyotish,  to the very centre of your being and back again. Over and over and over. It's got the science and the soul. The magical combination. The sacred union.

The subject of pranic force is well documented in Ayurveda but until now, poorly understood in the West. Prana as the positive energy of the vata dosha is the primary force of physical and energetic health.  Ayurvedic medicine has a wonderful therapeutic system to work directly on this bio-energetic principle that is called Marma Therapy.  Marma therapy supplements and supports all Ayurvedic therapies, increasing their effectiveness and the ability to awaken the healing power of the body.  The advance aspect of Ayurveda can assist to harmonise prana and aid in all forms of personal development and spiritual unfoldment.  The uses of Marma therapy are almost unlimited for health care.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Atreya Smith - Author of Secrets of Ayurveda Massage: Perfect Balance, Ayurvedic Nutrition and Director of the European Institute of Vedic Studies in France