Ayurveda means “the science or knowledge of life”. It is a system of medicine from India that has been practiced for over 5000 years and is the sister science to yoga. Ayurveda defines perfect health as the balance between body, mind, spirit and environment. Therefore the goal of Ayurveda is to maintain the balance of all those elements. When any one of those elements are out of balance, disease can occur. It is a unique system that recognizes we are all different and need to be treated as such. Unlike western medicine Ayurveda treats the person not just the symptom. Diagnosis and treatment focus on the individual and getting to the root cause of the problem. It achieves this through what Ayurveda calls a persons dosha or constitution and it is specific to each person. The doshas are energies referred to as Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Our dosha is the blueprint we are born with which cannot be changed, but can be modified. If we are stressed, eat the wrong foods, are unhappy with our life and relationships, think negative thoughts and abuse our bodies, our dosha will be out of balance. Therefore we will need to make adjustments to bring the body and mind back to that state of balance. This is achieved through proper diet, body treatments, daily routines, meditation, herbs, paying attention to our senses and aromatherapy. Ayurveda practices will guide you to a path of greater physical, emotional and spiritual health.