The Rishi’s (sacred seers) of India transmitted what they observed from nature through meditation and prayer. From this wisdom we get a simple yet vast paradigm of health and balance, how to maintain, preserve, regain, and attain ultimate well - being.
The Five Elements
You and I are created and made up of the 5 elements, yet we all have a unique blend of them, which is what creates our prakruti (constitution). Using the five elements ether, air, fire, water, and earth to describe the basic foundation of everything that exists in our everyday lives, one can come to understand the nature of all things, as the rishi’s did. When the elements get out of an orderly balance, this is when we experience imbalance of all kinds, what we have been taught to believe as disease (dis-ease). Regaining balance within the elements is the main science of Ayurveda.
This divine wisdom aims at finding and healing the root cause of disease rather than treating symptoms. In fact, there is NO treating disease in Ayurveda, only balancing of the five elements. There are many therapies used to bring balance to the elements, which are mostly applied through the five senses. Taste with food, smell with aroma therapy, touch with massage and oil application, sight with color therapy, sound with music and other vibrational healing therapies. Other therapies include yoga, meditation, spiritual practice, spending time in nature, spiritual study and self study, lifestyle habits and daily routines.