Ayurveda is the time-tested Indian system of healing that remains hugely popular the world over.
Literally translated from Sanskrit as the ‘science of life’, it is older than Buddhism and is a holistic health system which combines a toolkit of massage, yoga, meditation, nutrition and herbs. We can say it is an all-embracing prescription for how to live our lives and its message is relevant today as it was when first shared.
Ayurveda works by treating the whole person, not just the symptom and by doing so, revolutionising our lifestyles right down to what we eat and how we sleep.
At Ayurveda’s heart is the concept that our bodies are a microcosm of the universe with three doshas at work: Vata (air), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (earth). Each of us has a unique pattern of physical, mental and emotional energy that corresponds with these doshas and although one dosha is generally dominant, we possess all doshas to varying degrees.
Traditional Ayurvedic massage is shaped by age-old wisdom, using medicated herbal oils specifically based on the body’s dosha. The techniques used are designed to loosen the excess doshas, directing them towards of the organs of elimination. It also enhances circulation, increases flexibility and relieves pain and stiffness.
Mindfulness is on the rise, and it’s not hard to see why.
For us, it’s the antidote to the stresses of modern life, giving our brains a break and helping to build strong mental health and wellbeing.
We believe in connecting mind, body and spirit through movement. In Ayurveda it translates to daily yoga or other mind/body practices like tai chi, qi gong etc, combined with more tailored exercises such as our new Happy Hour concept.
Correct breathing practice is integral to a healthy Ayurvedic lifestyle at all stages of life, but most especially during life’s transitions to reach a healthier, stronger state of consciousness; helping to cleanse the body and mind while also promoting sounder sleep patterns.