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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Toth

Ayu-whatta? Understanding a Topic I Can't Even Pronounce

Updated: Sep 8, 2023

Don't worry. I got excited about Ayurveda before I could pronounce it too :)

As part of my health journey, I found Ayurveda because it’s a sister science to yoga and kept coming up with things I was reading or listening to.

Ayurveda means the science of life (Ayus = life, Veda = science or knowledge) and is a 5000-year-old medical system of healing originating in India. The sages documented this ancient wisdom in the Vedas (thankfully) so we’re able to learn and practice ways to create radical well-being and balance in our lives.

My intention is to get you as curious and excited about Ayurveda as I am so that you can add this to your health and wellness mix.

The topic is vast, encompassing so many layers of life, from philosophy to biology to environmental. One of the many things I love about it is that it’s so empowering to know that we can heal ourselves. There are no gimmicks or products to buy. Just ourselves (me, myself, and I), plus the willingness to learn and experiment with ways to feel great.

A Whole New Me

Once I started learning and integrating the practices into my life, my world changed. I felt more emotionally balanced and happy, I had more energy, and many of my chronic mental and physical symptoms disappeared.

Not only am I a big fan, but I’m also a certified teacher of Ayurveda and the Whole Health Program through Chopra Global. Yay!

Here’s the scoop straight from Chopra:

  • The purpose of Ayurveda is to help us return to our natural state of health, balance, and wholeness

  • Ayurvedic practices include sensory modulation, meditation, yoga, nutrition, emotional well-being, physical activity, breathing practices, daily routines, and many other tools and practices for shifting our consciousness towards health and happiness

  • The six most important pillars of health to focus on in our daily lifestyle are sleep, meditation, movement/physical activity, healthy emotions, grounding, and optimal nutrition

  • Ayurveda is experiential and there is no “one size fits all” prescription for well-being. Instead, every health-related measure is based on an individual’s mind-body type, or dosha, and the needs that derive from it

  • Ayurveda recognizes the primacy of consciousness and offers powerful practices that can help us change the qualities of our experiences in consciousness to create health and balance in our mind-body system

  • Our essential and ground state is pure consciousness, pure potentiality, and the field of all possibilities. Consciousness is the source of all our experiences, including our sensations, images, feelings, thoughts, imagination, creativity, perceptions, insight, and intuition


I hope this brief overview has been helpful and you’re chomping at the bit for more information. Check out this Case Study to see how powerful an Ayurvedic lifestyle can be in shifting your experience in life. Taking the Dosha Quiz is the first step to determine your primary constitution and recommendations will be based on that.

For more information, contact us and we’d be happy to help!


Please Note: Our content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, or other qualified health providers, with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and especially before starting any new regime or treatment.


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