What Is Ayurveda?

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Posted November 13, 2013 by Sara Hauber in Life After Five
Ayurveda works to restore balance.

Are you out of balance? Ayurveda can help.

What Is Ayurveda?

It’s a question asked by many people interested in alternatives to Western medicine.

The short answer is that Ayurveda is the ancient natural-healing system used in India. Most yoga-teacher training programs will at least touch on some aspects of Ayurveda, as my excellent training with Stephanie Keach at Asheville Yoga did.

When one begins to explore Ayurveda as a system for healing, one learns immediately that each of us is made up of (or demonstrates the qualities of) three main energies: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each of these energies is meant to be in balance; when that happens, we are in good health and feel the true vitality of life.

The problem is, our lifestyle choices, environment, emotions, eating and exercise habits, relationships, and psychology have an effect on this energetic balance. Ayurveda can help us understand where we are out of balance and how to get as close to balance as possible, given any stable circumstances we have no power to change.

I find Ayurveda extremely helpful for naming and helping to improve my areas of imbalance.

You can read my detailed series of posts about my own Ayurvedic healing experience right here.


About the Author

Sara Hauber

Sara Hauber, M.A., is a certified wellness coach, yoga teacher, and functional-fitness specialist whose mission is to help you overcome obstacles to achieve radiant health and vitality. Since undergoing complete spinal fusion for scoliosis, Sara has been empowering others to transform their bodies, eliminate pain, and embrace joy, love, and life. In 2012 she introduced The Hauber Methodâ„¢, her signature at-home method for eliminating back pain: haubermethod.com.

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