Ayurveda is closely connected to Yoga. It often known as the sister of Yoga. Ayurveda is the science of how to create optimal health, while yoga is the science of how to attain peace in the mind. Together, Ayurveda and yoga provide a prescription to remove unnecessary suffering and dis-ease so that you can fully blossom and thrive in this human experience.
Ayurveda teachings state that misuse of the senses is one of three primary cause of dis-ease in the body. The science of Ayurveda explores how we can use our senses in a conscious way to support healing & alter the physiology of the body. Ayurveda is the science of how to effectively use diet, visual images, sounds, aromatherapy, and touch to create within the body an optimal environment for healing to take place. We have all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Ayurveda pushes this a step further and states that you are what taste, smell, see, hear, & feel. The five sense are viewed gateways into the body, mind, and consciousness. If we consume that which is harmonious we will feel supported and balanced, conversely if we take in that which is disharmonious we will feel unbalanced & create dis-ease in the body.
In his book Healing Your Life Marc Halpern relates human health to the health of plants:
“In many ways, we are much like plants. If a plant lives in the right environment and receive all of the proper nutrients, has healthy soil, proper sunlight and is growing in the right temperature, it will attain a deep rich color and have lots of blossoms. If it does not it may still survive, but it will not thrive and reach its full potential of beauty. We are much the same. Our environment is what we take in through the five sense: food, sights, sounds, smells, and touch. If our environment is ideal, each of us will attain a deep, rich color and fully blossom into a healthy, whole, and joyous human being. If not, we may still survive but our well-being will be significantly compromise and there is no way we can reach our full potential. “
The challenge of course is to know what is harmonious & what is disharmonious. There is no right way to use the senses. We are all unique. Halpern goes on to state, “Nothing is right for everyone and everything is right for someone.” Ayurveda is ultimately the science of learning what is right for you!