Ayurveda means the science of life. Ayurveda originated in India about 5000 years ago as the sister to Yoga. At the time, yoga was primarily meditation, with asana (the movements) to strengthen and stretch the body, to support it in sitting for more meditation. Ayurveda was everything else…our individual constitutions, diets, healthy habits, etc. More than just what we eat, Ayurveda stresses that we are part of nature and therefore it teaches us to live in rhythm with the day, with the seasons, and within our lifespan.
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The 5 Elements
Ayurveda describes everything in nature in terms of the 5 Elements. Each element has specific qualities. (If you missed the post on Gunas (qualities), check it out HERE).
Ether (Space) - empty space with the potential to be filled. Ether has the qualities of cold, dry, light, and clear.