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Ayurveda 101: What Every Beginner Should Know About Yoga’s Sister Science

Learn how Ayurveda can support your optimal health in body, mind and spirit.

Ayurveda spelled in Scrabble letters

Ayurveda has a lot to offer you.

Ayurveda is yoga’s sister science, known as “the sacred knowledge of life,” and one of the world’s oldest medical traditions. It originated around the time yoga did, and these two practices complement each other beautifully.

What can Ayurveda do for you?

Ayurveda can give you the life you’ve always wanted.

It’s a path of self-acceptance and self-love. It helps you build awareness of your daily habits by paying attention to how you live: what and when you eat, how you move, how you sleep, and how you work.

3 Key Things to Know About Ayurveda

  1. The goal of Ayurveda is optimal health. Ayurveda is a way for you to get to know yourself better. No matter where you are on your self-care journey, Ayurveda will evolve with you throughout your life.

  2. Ayurveda teaches that like attracts like and opposites balance. For example, if you already have a lot of fire in your nature and you run outside on the hottest day of the summer, you’re attracting more of the same (fire)—and more imbalance. If you opted to do a cooling evening yoga practice instead of running outside, you would be creating more balance.

  3. Ayurveda asks us to ask ourselves: How do we understand ourselves in relationship to nature? Our inner world is connected to nature. The season of the year and the time of day greatly influence how we’re feeling in the moment. Through its practices, Ayurveda provides us with the wisdom to live in alignment with nature.

The 5 Elements in Ayurveda

In Ayurveda, there are five elements that impact our inner and outer worlds:

  • Ether

  • Air

  • Fire

  • Water

  • Earth

We’re all made up of a unique combination of these elements (known as our dosha)—each one of us with a different amount of each. How do you know how much of each element you have? You’ll have to read my next blog post to find out. Until then, check out the resources below.

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5 Ways to Learn More About Ayurveda and Self-Care

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