Ayurveda, or Traditional Indian Medicine, is the oldest documented health care system in the world. The science has existed for over 5,000 years. Today, the source Ayurvedic texts have been translated from their original Sanskrit, giving rise to Ayurveda’s growing popularity across the globe.
Ayur (life) – Veda (science) literally translates to “the science of life.” The health system offers overarching principles of matter, energy, and space as well as highly practical guidelines for preventing and managing health.
Ayurveda is a vast health system; however, its approach to wellness is simple and intuitive—so much so that we like to call it the “common sense science.” Its objective is to approach wellness through the balance of the mind and body through lifestyle practices, natural therapies, and herbal remedies.
What I trust most about this school is the level of faculty and staff member commitment. Even beyond our program, the greatest gift is the outstanding community support KAA has created where we can all come together and keep learning from each other. -Izumi
I loved doing all the schooling here at Kerala. It has given me the ability to actually present wellness to other human beings… It’s been a great experience. -Lois
Besides my Indian origin, my dad’s love and passion for Ayurveda introduced me to this science at a very young age. I joined Kerala Ayurveda Academy in 2010 for my first level of training as Ayurvedic wellness counselor wondering
whether the teaching would be as authentic as if I studied in India. I was impressed by the highly trained, knowledgeable and passionate teachers at the Academy -Anjula
My main objective as a professional doctor is to educate my patients to help themselves, and that journey took me to Ayurveda… [it] has been the most comprehensive system of education in science that I’ve ever studied. -Dr. Leroy
Ayurveda developed in the Indian subcontinent thousands of years ago and was originally practiced through oral tradition before the Vedic texts, commonly known as the Vedas, were composed. The Vedas are the oldest compilation of knowledge and wisdom imparted by the Rishis, the ancient population of modern day India. Of the four Vedas, Ayurveda originated from the Atharvaveda body of knowledge, which dates back to around 1,000 B.C. The most famous of these texts are the Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita and Ashtanga Hridayam, which concentrate on internal medicine, surgery and all eight clinical branches of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda aims at the preservation of health and prevention of disease by establishing balance and harmony through personalized, holistic lifestyle solutions. The World Health Organization recognizes Ayurveda as a complete, natural health care system.
Today’s population suffers from a growing tide of chronic illness, lack of personalization in medical attention, rising healthcare costs and alarming threats to the planet’s ability to support human, life. Ayurveda answers the increasing demand for holistic solutions to these problems.
Ayurveda’s benefits include:
Personalization – customized solutions based on an individual’s unique needs
Long lasting results – targeting the root cause of imbalance
Cost-effectiveness – emphasis is on prevention of future imbalances
Sustainability – natural, holistic approach to mind, body, and spirit
Ayurveda does not treat symptoms – it targets the root of illness
The emphasis of Ayurveda is on maintenance of balance in the system or disease prevention. The philosophy of Ayurveda is not just for human health but is a total scientific system encompassing all matter and energy in the universe. By recognizing the fundamental elements in our universe and understanding how to detect their qualities in our own lives – in our environment, bodies, and minds – Ayurvedic wisdom provides the key to maintaining and restoring balance.
For example, when there is too much of one element present in the human system, introducing counter elements can restore balance—completely naturally. This common sense approach enables us to target the elemental root of illness, restoring total mind, body and spirit wellness.
Supplement and herbal recommendations
Panchakarma (five-fold detoxification) and Rasayana (rejuvenation)
Yoga, Pranayama (breathwork) and meditation
Exercise and activity guidelines
Living environment and climate recommendations
Many simple lifestyle changes have a dramatic impact on well-being, but when an imbalance cannot be resolved through lifestyle changes alone, Ayurveda offers even deeper healing interventions in the forms of:
The Vedic texts outline in detail the recipes of herbal combinations for managing a variety of imbalances.
Atotal system of detoxification, including bodywork, herbalized oil treatments and specialized diets over the course of several days.