What is Ayurveda?

The art of living a balanced life

Ayurveda, also known as the Science (Veda) of Life (Ayus), is said to have its origin in India at least 5000 years ago – and it is more than ever relevant today. More and more people are awakening to the wisdom of Ayurveda, which is both practical and profound.

The principles of Ayurveda allow us to see the world through new eyes – eyes that notice the effect of foods, lifestyle, the environment and thoughts on our bodies and health. The wisdom of Ayurveda teaches us how to live our daily lives in rhythm with that of nature.

In tune with our environment

Living with Ayurveda gives us a new understanding and appreciation of the world around us. We experience food not as an abstract concept of nutritional value, but as an experience based on taste, texture and its effect on our body and mind. 

Everything that we think, experience, ingest and do affects us according to its qualities – be it nourishing or depleting, warming or cooling, bitter or sweet. The world thus becomes a playground of opposites, which can be skilfully used to bring us to a sense of balance within ourselves and our environment, leading us to greater health, vitality and contentment.


Ojas (vital essence) encompasses the concept of immunity in Ayurveda. It is the essence of all the bodily tissues and is said to be the first thing to be produced within the body. The auric field is generated by ojas. Drops of ojas are present in the heart, and others circulate in the body, giving immunity, strength and endurance.

Ojas integrates consciousness, mind and body. It gives vitality, stability, glowing eyes, skin and hair. On a more subtle level it gives an individual compassion, good memory and clear perception, opening the potential for being truly ‘present’, a state of blissful awareness free of judgement and fear.


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Colette Jyothi Park

BSc (Hons) Ayurveda

MSc Clinical Nutrition

Full member of the Ayurvedic Professionals' Association


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