Good News of Ayurveda is here

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Ayurveda, translated as “the science of life” or “the art of longevity,” is one of the oldest and most comprehensive systems of medicine practiced today. Its roots are in ancient India, but its wisdom is very relevant in our modern American life.

Ayurveda is a truly holistic approach that sees “health” as harmony and balance in the body, mind and spirit … not simply as the absence of disease. Dr. Vasant Lad of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico says that “every aspect of your life contributes to your overall health.” Ayurveda explains that when a person gets out of balance, and stays out of balance, illness can take root in the body. This unbalance causes symptoms, pain, unhappiness and disease. This is Nature’s way of telling us to slow down, rest and make changes in our day-to-day lives.

With a focus on nutrition and cooking, herbs, healthy relationships, emotions, daily and seasonal routines, yoga, meditation and awareness, Ayurveda encourages personal responsibility for one’s own well-being. This system recognizes that each person is a unique individual with his/her own special needs to be addressed in a specific way. The body has an inherent intelligence that is always communicating its needs to us. We just have to take time to listen. Ayurveda helps us to reestablish balance with our internal and external environments and to restore our connection to something bigger than ourselves – reuniting the individual self with the universal self.

As some of you already know, I am beginning a year-long journey next month to become an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor. I will be studying at the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga, where I completed the Massage and Bodywork Program in 2007. Massage and Yoga have led me on a beautiful path of healing and personal evolution, which has now brought me to Ayurveda. Along the way, I will be sharing pieces of what I’m learning with the YAM family in our newsletter every month, and will eventually offer Wellness Counseling here at the studio … Yoga Ayurveda and Massage!

Thank you all for your constant support and encouragement! love, Tish

“One … whose mind, soul and senses are full of bliss is called a healthy person” – Sushruta Samhita