Ayurveda was born from radiant minds that saw beyond our physical experience. Millennia dimmed and brightened the path yet champions emerged to fan the embers and light the way ahead. Insight & instruction for unbounded harmony & health. All in equal measure!
Through what, do life's pure rhythms ripple within and without? What energises, focuses and balances? Ayurveda accounts for the fluid beauty of all things. Simple, profound, divine.
6 Philosophical Schools of Ancient India.
Five Principal Elements
Earth, water, fire, air and ether are all stages in the manifestation of matter… every substance in the world can be classified according to their predominant element.
The organizational matrix from which everything that is alive, is made. Within the human body the five principal elements manifest as the tridosha or 3 primary energies called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The proportion of these 3 dosha determines the constitution and characteristics of each individual.
A Perfect Medium
Without a majestic language like Sanskrit, the rich offerings of the sages could not have reached the complexity, scope and zenith as far back into the distant past. And so it was with Ayurveda.
The carrier of all life’s energy – creative, dynamic and fundamental to yoga.
The focused arrow of will that pierces through any limitations & makes the impossible a reality.
The most refined molecule of our digestion. The very source of our vitality, radiance & immunity.
There are 7 layers of tissues, or saptadhatu, in the body. Beginning with rasa or plasma, the tissues form sequentially with each layer building upon the layers that came before.
The metabolic fire in every cell, tissue and organ without which there is no health.
The waste created by the body’s metabolic, physiological and mental activities.
The remains of undigested food, thoughts or experiences, a precursor to any and all imbalance and disease.
A Classical Vaidya
“The Making of”
The masterful system of imparting and imbibing knowledge from ancient India - expanding the mind and body to limitless possibilities.
(P.S. Varier 1869 - 1944)
Biography of a visionary whose noble mission marked the resurgence of authentic Ayurveda in India during its colonial occupation. A salute to the man who saved Ayurveda from the brink of extinction in every way possible.
Ayurveda still permeates the life of Indians. Its basic tenets are echoed in daily life across the nation. Seamless stewardship of a profound wisdom.
What should shape our daily journey and beyond? A science of health not disease, Ayurveda’s routines transform every moment into a healing force greater than any curative measure. Harmony is the guide. Alignment follows naturally.
A discipline and harmony with the larger universe facilitates inner transformation. All things live within seasonal rhythms – so should we.
To eat is human - to digest, divine
Diet is not merely what we eat, rather it is all that we ingest through each of our 5 senses.
The Eight Complex Branches
Ear, Eye, Nose & Throat
In the year 2015, Dr. M. S. Valiathan, a cardiothoracic surgeon from southern India proposed the idea of looking at traditional Ayurvedic principles and concepts through the prism of modern science. His pioneering work was to bring irrefutable contemporary value to the priceless heritage of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda’s Materia Medica
Dravya means “substance” or “material” and guna means “quality”. Dravyaguna is the study of medicine via the specific qualities of each herb, mineral, or animal substance.
Hallmark of Ayurveda
Realization of an individual’s prakriti or constitution is paramount. Determining the mixture of the dosha in a patient permits a glimpse of inborn limitations, imbalances and suitable treatments.
“One size does not fit all”
Allopathy & Ayurveda
Empower patients to be their own doctors by educating them. Each person has to make the choice to heal themselves.
A Healing Art
Marmas are the subtle crossing points of the body’s vital structures. Each is activated by prana, enhanced by yoga and utilized in healing.
Ayurveda on Disease, Diagnoses & Health
You have to not only minimize the negative but increase the positive.
“It’s difficult to change a disease, it’s easier to change the person.”
Ayurveda on Treatment
Treatment should address the root cause of disease not the symptoms.
“Medication is, at best, a trigger or support for something that comes forward from you and does the healing.”
Enmeshed in millennia of history, Ayurveda encompasses all aspects of life with awareness. To explore and understand each part of the whole, Ayurveda Unveiled offers insight and guidance at every turn. From celebrated writers, historians, scholars and scientists to leading doctors, surgeons, therapists and botanists – our renowned contributors span the globe.
The culmination of director Gita Desai’s four-year devotion to capturing this sublime science, Ayurveda Unveiled transports the viewer through India, Europe and America. Weaving together the sights and sounds from all facets of Indian life, with the breadth and depth of expert guides in exclusive conversation, Gita has created a definitive resource of Ayurveda for the modern mind.
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