Ayurveda: the psychological benefits of an ancient Indian practice

Its name, Ayurveda, combines science with life – deriving from its ancient Sanskrit root ‘sayus’ (life) and ‘ved’ (knowledge); its history is long and exciting – going back to the 7th century B.C.; and its origin is considered to be divine – relating to legendary stories where Hindu God, Brahma, passed on his knowledge of healing onto sages for the well-being of mankind. Born in India, and deeply affected by the Hindu philosophy, Ayurveda is more about practising the art of life than just another system of ancient therapies and practices integrated into general wellness applications, as it is widely known in the Western world. And this is mostly because of its legendary origin that sheds some extra light on well-being’s treasures – hidden in the psychological benefits that they bring along.

Ayurveda, the mantra for health and happiness

But how an ancient system of traditional medicine could possibly help us create a life of well-being? The answer to this question relates to the way Ayurveda considers notions as life and health: emphasizing on its central tenet that life is the unshakable connections between the body, mind, and spirit, Ayurveda puts terms as balance and harmony on the spotlight, while considering health as an experience of happiness in the soul, mind, and senses and balance of several functions of the body. In other words, it suggests a way of living that enables our true nature to blossom and unfold through specific therapies, treatments and practices that help us maintain or re-establish perfect balance and harmony within our existence; therefore, experience well-being in the sense of emotional freedom.

Ayurveda practices, therapies and treatments, keys to well-being?

The road to well-being, though, is not always paved with roses: from stress and unbalanced meals to sleeping problems and bad mood, everyday life is full of things causing imbalance. So make good use of some of Ayurveda wisdom, and offer yourself the chance to experience therapies and treatments able to calm your mood and bring relaxation of the body and mind, with Ayurvedic treatments ( Siro Dhara, Abhyangam, Navarakizhi, Shirodhara)  that reduce stress and fight imbalances such as nervousness, anxiety, insomnia, depression etc.