“Ayurveda” what is Ayurveda actually? This word seems to be very popular right now, whether in medicine, in wellness or when it comes to nutrition. Are you also wondering as many other people what Ayurveda is all about? What is this all about: Doshas, warm oil massages, Panchakarma cures? Is it just a trend or again a new diet? NO! It is not just a new trend or a diet and it is not just about nutrition nor oil massages.
Ayurveda is much, much more than just a diet or new trend. There is much more behind and it goes deep! I have so much to tell about that it does not fit in one article, but in many!
With this series of articles I would like to give you an insight into the wonderful diversity and over 5000 years old tradition of Ayurveda. In the first part you will learn something about the history, philosophy and basic principles. In the following articles we will look at topics such as the 5 elements, 3 doshas, morning routines, nutritional tips and preventive tips. You are also going to learn about how to integrate Ayurveda into your daily life and how it can give you as an HSP great support and life improvement. Also, I’m going to tell you how Ayurveda can help you in your professional everyday life, in your relationships and as a sensitive entrepreneur. And there is much more. I wish you much joy and great insights into the wonderful, exciting world of Ayurveda!
Introduction: What is Ayurveda? Is Ayurveda complicated?
Complicated – no, not at all. Ayurveda is about living in harmony with nature and your own individuality.
It is an old wisdom from India, which is over 5000 years old. Ayurveda is the oldest system of natural medicine. It is older than or about the same age as Chinese medicine. Five thousand years old, isn’t it a pearl of incredible wisdom?
Ayus means life and Veda is knowledge. So Ayurveda is the knowledge of life – the science of life. Therefore Ayurveda is often translated as ‘science of life’ or ‘art of life’. This includes a complete medical system as well as philosophical, psychological, spiritual and sociological approaches. Ayurveda understands itself as a system, which is always and everywhere applicable. The Ayurvedic knowledge has been passed down orally for thousands of years. Later, it was recorded in the Vedic writings of Indian rishis (spiritual, wise persons).
Ayurvedic medicine is much more than diet, lifestyle changes and solving sleep problems. From a medical point of view Ayurveda is a holistic health approach. Its goal is to bring body, mind & soul into harmony and create balance in daily life and even energy throughout your day. In the next part you will learn more about it.
The philosophy of Ayurveda
Especially the undogmatic approach is to be emphasized: there is no MUST in Ayurveda. The essential principle in Ayurveda is: You are exactly right, just as you are! In Ayurveda you don’t have to strive for an ideal all your life and optimize or correct yourself.
The focus is to encourage mindfulness with yourself and others and to learn what is good for yourself and your health. And this is so helpful for HSP’s, because often HSP’s don’t know what is good for them and their health. HSP’s are so used to focus on others, to please others and care for others, that they lose sight and a feeling of themselves completely. And so often so many HSP’s think that they are flawed, just as they are or that there is something wrong with them. Does this sound familiar to you? Before you continue reading, did you know that I’ve developed a Self-Test that will reveal if you’re a highly sensitive person? Take the Self-Test here!
Ayurveda helps you to get back on track and learn what is good for you and your health. And all this without “MUST” and without “PRESSURE”. It will teach you the VALIDATION that you are RIGHT and LOVABLE as you are.
How does that sound?
So Ayurveda is a science of daily living, which does not only start when the first symptoms appear but has a strong preventive character. It is about recognizing who you are at your core and how you can always come back into your dynamic balance to live your full potential. From an Ayurvedic point of view you are healthy when you feel alive, awake and balanced; in harmony with yourself and your surroundings/environment.
In classical Ayurveda medicine you will find the following areas:
Behavior: Days, seasons, life cycles, biorhythm
Consciousness: Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation
Senses: aroma, sound, music, taste, colors
Cleanses: Detox, Panchakarma, oil applications, rejections
Herbal medicine: medicinal plants, minerals
The 5 elements represent the core of Ayurvedic medicine:
Everything in nature is composed of the 5 elements. Ayurveda is based on the 5 elements.
Each of the 5 elements brings character traits with it, which I will discuss in more detail in the following articles:
Ether/Space: the cavity
Air: the movement, the lightness, gas
Fire: energy & heat
Water: the liquid & humidifying
Earth: the solid, the formed, the heavy
In Ayurveda human beings are considered as a microcosm (his own universe) in the macrocosm (our earth/environment). Therefore it is concluded that the above-mentioned 5 elements are equally found in us.
How and where?
Ether/space: All cavities (nose, respiratory tract, chest and abdomen, gastrointestinal tract)
Air: movement (heartbeat, inhalation & exhalation, muscle movement)
Fire: metabolism (digestion), intelligence, metabolism of the mind
Water: digestive juices, saliva, liquid components of the blood
Earth: Solid structures (bone, cartilage, muscles, skin, hair)
Through Ayurveda you get to know yourself in your uniqueness as an HSP. You learn to live with your nature, your SENSITIVITY, your DEEP EMOTIONS, your STRENGTHS and CHALLENGES instead of fighting against them.
And this is a learning process. From my perspective it’s a lifelong learning process that is not always easy, but it is 100% worth it. It’s so much fun and brings so much joy, strength, vitality and balance!
Ayurvedic wisdom instead of external rules! This is what I love about Ayurveda and what I am so passionate about!
Today I want to introduce the first element:
Ether / Space
Ether or space is limitless, endless and expansive. It is the vastness and the place of all creation – the unknown. The qualities of ether are clear, pure, light, subtle, changeable, and it allows form. The purity and clarity of the ether are connected with the pure, clear, peaceful harmony of the spirit. It helps to access our spirituality and creativity.
In the body, the ether/space is connected to cavities like ears, nose, mouth.
I will give you an example of how you can start playing with the ether/space element in your daily life.
Let’s assume we take your professional life. Maybe you are leading a project. Start and feel inside yourself.
Do you give yourself room for creativity? Do you integrate ether/creativity into your professional life and project management? Or is it even too much of it?
If it’s too much, you may feel spacy, not well rooted or solid with your feet on the ground. A bit scattered, too many ideas, thinking, ruminating..,
Is it balanced or unbalanced?
Begin and feel into you and ask yourself how does ether/space with the qualities of spirituality and creativity show up in the areas of your life? In your professional life? In your relationships? Or in your daily life?
In the next article you will learn more about the other elements.
Do you have any questions? Want to learn more about the application of Ayurveda into your daily life? Contact me and send me an email. We can schedule a first complimentary online session. I’d love to guide you on your journey!
My motto: Feel deeply, live powerfully!