Introduction to Āyurveda
This course highlights the fundamental principles of healthy life based on teachings of Āyurveda, how to cultivate a healthy lifestyle and diet according to individual constitution and how to care for one’s health in a proactive way.
The Caraka Saṃhitā, one of the foundational texts of Āyurveda, eloquently states: हितहितं सुखं दुःखं आयुषतस्य हिताहितम्। मानं तच्च यत्रोक्तं आयुर्वेदः स उच्यते॥ "What is beneficial or harmful for life, what is pleasant or unpleasant for life, and the measure of life itself—where all these are described, that is called Āyurveda." This profound wisdom encapsulates the essence and objective of Āyurveda. In a world marked by rapid advancements, ever-changing dynamics, and a pace that often leaves us breathless, the ancient wisdom of Āyurveda emerges not just as a beacon of light, but as a reminder of our intrinsic connection to nature and to ourselves. The millennia old principles of Āyurveda are profoundly relevant in addressing the modern-day challenges we face. Āyurveda, at its core, is the art of balance. It is not merely a system of treating ailments but a comprehensive guide to life, emphasizing preventative care and balanced living. This course will delve deep into the multifaceted nature of Āyurveda, shedding light on its fundamental principles, from the determinants of health and disease to the profound understanding of emotional well-being. It will explore the nuances of a balanced diet, understand the power of kitchen herbs, delve into the wisdom of daily routines aligned with diurnal variations, and demystify the diagnostic and treatment processes employed by Āyurvedic physicians. Join us on this transformative journey, as we rediscover the art of living well, the Āyurvedic way.