What is Ayurveda? It’s meaning can often be a mystery to us in the West. Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga, India’s ancient natural medicine and system of health, healing and balance.

Ayurveda literally translates as the wisdom of life. Through Ayurveda I have come to realize that health is much more than the absence of disease. Ayurveda is all about balance of the mind, body and spirit. 

Many people travel to India specifically to receive Ayurveda treatments. While traveling through India, I have encountered several stories that credit Ayurveda to the reversal of serious conditions such as cancer as well as many who have been healed of skin conditions, digestive issues and other ailments. And then there are those that simply love to enjoy the indulgent massage treatments with natural oils that Ayurveda offers. These massages may be India’s best kept secret! Imagine a therapeutic oil massage, with strokes varying from superficial to deep depending on your need for releasing stresses and strains. Aromatherapy, music and exfoliation may also be a part of your experience. This calm approach brings you into a beautiful state of relaxation. Ideally, an Ayurvedic massage would happen daily to keep stress at bay and heal your mind and body. 

Southern India is an ideal place to learn about and experience Ayurveda treatments. While there I met a guru living in a small village named Ajith. He offered his knowledge and Ayurveda doctors to me and I was able to receive several treatments and learn about this ancient practice. While transformation is a process and cannot take place immediately, it can open the doors for knowledge and course of action, or simply allow for indulgent relaxation treatments. An Ayurveda physician can help you to understand more about your ‘doshas’ (bodily elements) and how to balance your body and mind.