If you’ve recently been trying to connect with your inner self and developing a much greater mind-body connection then you have probably thought about implementing some sort of meditation techniques into your daily routine. One thing that you should consider in addition to this is Ayurveda.
Throughout this article we’ll cover a wide range of topics related to Ayurveda, including what it is exactly, a brief history, the practice of Ayurveda, and its current status in its originating country and other countries around the world.
What Is Ayurveda?
In case you’re not familiar with Ayurveda and what it is exactly, it’s simply a form of Hindu traditional medicine. It is one of the world’s oldest forms of holistic (i.e. whole body) cleaning and is also now considered a form of alternative medication in places such as the United States.
The primary goal of Ayurveda is to promote good health, not necessarily to prevent disease and illness. It is based on the belief that the balance of your mind, body, and soul, will have a big impact on your overall health and wellness. Ayurveda tries to create the balance necessary for you to live the best and healthiest life.
The History of Ayurveda
The history of Ayurveda isn’t as concrete as you were probably hoping for it to be – but in a way, this adds to the mystery and the effectiveness of this alternative healing method. Ayurveda has been traced back to dates as early as 5,000 BCE and is said to be found in certain lost texts – one of the first recorded forms of Ayurveda exists in the Vedas.
Information about the history and origin of Ayurveda can also be found in texts such as the Atharvaveda.
The Practice of Ayurveda
If you want to go ahead and give Ayurveda a try to see if it’s the right type of healing method for you, then you will need to go to a practitioner who will undertake a series of tests and find out the best route of action for you to take.
There are a few specialist state-approved Ayurveda schools in the U.S. but at the current time there is no certified program or training material for you to go through or to be able to certify whether your practitioner will be any good or not – so make sure to ask about their training and experience.
The practitioner will undertake a series of test to work out your primary dosha and its balance with the others. From there, the proper steps will be able to be worked out.
Apparently, around 80% of people who live in India undertake some form of traditional medication – with Ayurveda being included in this figure. Ayurveda is much more widely accepted in India compared to the western world and you’ll find that India also has more than 180 schools and centers that can award you with certified certifications in the field of Ayurveda practice.
You’ll find that the practice of Ayurveda is much more shaky when it comes to the western world – the practice is treated as an alternative medication and struggles to gain licensing and proper recognition in these countries.
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