What is the Aim of Ayurveda?
The goal of Ayurveda is summed up in the Sanskrit word, “swastya”. Swastya means health. Being in a state of health means being in a state of balance – physically balanced, mentally balanced, emotionally balanced. It is a holistic perspective. The upcoming articles will cover what and how Ayurveda brings harmony to our system.
On a concrete level, the expression of health is dynamic living. For centuries, if not millennia, Ayurveda has helped you and me to live with more energy, to prevent the onset of ill health before it comes, to enhance immunity and to nurture the body back to good health when it does fall sick. People have used Ayurveda to manage their health, whether it’s dealing with balding, back pain or bad sleep.
Swastya also means being established in one’s self. Generally, we talk about mental health and physical health, but Ayurveda emphasizes from the beginning that we should be established in our self.
For physical health, we want a liver that functions well, senses that perceive correctly, low cholesterol levels, blood-sugar levels that are normal and so on. In the same way, Ayurveda emphasizes that we should be spiritually healthy. What does this mean? It can mean a mind that is calm and collected and that does not get thrown off balance easily; or a mind that is free of fear, free of anger and free of guilt.
Ayurveda together with its sister science of yoga, which includes the practice of meditation, helps you to stay physically fit and spiritually on point.
Ayurveda views physical health as balance. Wellness is living the dynamic expression of your own nature to its full potential.
For a vata person, living your full potential can mean getting along with others and feeling happy, joyful, loving and caring with an added interest in the arts.
For a pitta person, balance can reflect in an active lifestyle, leadership qualities, efficiency, dynamism and intelligence, qualities which can help you be a better leader.
A Kapha person might experience their full potential as living happy and joyful, while taking care of others.
So depending on your type, Ayurveda improves your wellbeing, helps lift your mood and maximizes your potential.
(We’ll dive more into vata, pitta and kapha in the third article in this series.)
In Bali, which has a rich heritage influenced by classical India, people actually greet saying, “Om Swasti rastu,” which means, “May you be in the best of health: spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally.”
Wishing you and all readers, “Om Swasti rastu.”
If you’d like to learn how to energize your lifestyle through Ayurveda, check out our free guide, “Ayurveda 101: Vibrant Health through the Science of Life”.
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