If you’re reading this, you’ve heard the call. The call to return to nature, to Earth, to your body, and the people around you. The call to regain balance, alignment, flow, longevity, connection, and sustainability. You’re probably looking for more love, peace, intimacy, and harmony for one and all. The urge to experience the qualities of life that we all so deeply crave, but may have lost touch with. Does this resonate with you?
Western society has turned away from ancient wisdom and nature when it comes to caring for our mental and physical health. What at first was an adaptation for survival in a new, unnatural world eventually became a barrier. A disconnect from nature grew, and spread rapidly like an illness among humans. But we can all still make a decision: To keep going against our own nature or to make the journey back – to our roots and to a life that’s aligned with the Earth.
Ayurveda is one of the world's oldest systems for health and healing, giving life to a deeper understanding of how nature moves around and through you. The word Ayurveda translates to “the science of life” or the “knowledge of longevity,” and it was formed over 5,000 years ago in ancient India.
At the time, the sages spent hours in deep meditation, observing the natural world both outside of and within themselves. These healers came to the realization that everything in the universe is made up of the same 5 elements of nature: earth, water, fire, air, and space. After learning this, they were able to understand how each element contained distinct qualities, drove actions, and even represented different organs and systems within the body.
Everyone – including you – is made up of the same 5 elements, but the presence of each can vary from one person to the next. We each have our own unique mind/body constitution. That's why it’s every individual’s responsibility to strengthen their own awareness of their body’s language. There’s no “one size-fits-all” in health, healing, and in life, so it’s important to understand what your own body needs in order to maintain a state of homeostasis – balance within.
In the practice of Ayurveda, balance is the cornerstone of health. You create balance by embracing your unique nature and aligning it with the flow of the natural world around you. After all, human beings are nature – we’re not separate from it. You can choose to live your life in harmony with nature, or in resistance to it.
Through thousands of years of practice, Ayurveda has offered billions of people the foundations and framework to achieve alignment within themselves. Its primary focus is prevention-based care, rather than simply treating symptoms of disease when they arise. It's about the small things that you do every day – your diet, your daily routine, rituals, and habits that contribute to your overall health and experience of life.
When you’re truly able to discern what your body is asking for in each moment, it’ll bring you that much closer to happiness and health. You’ll end up making all the choices you need to create the life you want to live. Ayurveda is a holistic system that integrates all aspects of life with the complexity of your divine nature, helping you better understand how to flow with the rest of the world. Talk about empowering!
After all, Ayurveda is the science of life itself.
Written by: Samantha Mee
Samantha Mee is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Instructor, Intuitive Astrologer and Spiritual Counselor. She merges all of these practices together; for Ayurveda & Yoga are inseparable; giving students multiple modalities to reach a higher state of health & well-being. Her work over the last decade focuses on creating and maintaining balance on all layers of the body, while also aligning to the natural cycles and rhythms within nature. Her approach to health is built upon her desire to empower all of her students into becoming authentic, sovereign beings who are able to self-govern, lead, heal and trust their own heart, body and intuition to guide the way. You can check out her website and follow her on Instagram at @paramdev_kaur.