Ayurveda, is the world's oldest comprehensive health care system. “Ayur” means life and “veda” means to know, thereby it is the “Science of Life” or “Wisdom of Daily Living” that has 6,000 year old origins in India. It is evidence based, and one of the most recognized and widely practiced disciplines of holistic medicine, also known as “Yogic Medicine”, considered the sister science to yoga and the mother of all healing arts, Ayurveda is practical knowledge of self-healing, educating and evolving us to live well and unlock our highest potential.
Ayurveda's foundational principles are based in understanding nature’s rhythms and laws, our personal constitution and the tri doshic theory, which determines our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual tendencies, state of mind, and how we relate to others and the world, and how to appropriately modify lifestyle factors, such as our food, environment, movement, rest, thoughts, emotions and relationships that contribute to either disease or health and the overall quality of our lives, and when necessary implement herbal support and massage and body therapies.
It is the basis for functional medicine, and though it provides symptom management as a byproduct of treatment, its main focus is on root cause medicine, addressing the “why” rather than the ”what” because this allows deeper understanding and holistic treatment in order to pluck out the root cause of disease, rather than treat repeated disease states. Root causes of disease stem from the most subtle aspects of ourselves, revealed through experiencing our natural and balanced state. Utilizing treatments and practices that evolve the functions of the body and mind, where purification and deep relaxation of our body, mind and senses result in an awakening and a harmonious and spontaneous interplay with the environment, including all creativity and life force to achieve optimum health, rejuvenation and longevity.
Ayurveda's classical definition of health is one who is established in their natural state, with a balanced constitution (doshas), balanced digestion (agni), proper elimination (malas), well formed tissues (dhatus), and a bright and shining soul, with a balanced mind, body and energy or consciousness.
“Ayurveda is the way in which we acquire true knowledge without any impurity or duality”
Kayakalpa; Ayurveda’s Ancient Art and Science of Rejuvenation and Nutritional Healing
Ayurveda and Yoga, combined is known as a system of Kayakalpa, a specialized field of practice revered within the Ayurveda and Siddha medical systems of India as the ideal treatment for health, vitality, longevity and higher consciousness. The name is from the Sanskrit kaya (body) and kalpa (rejuvenation). This synergistic application and practice of Yoga and Ayurveda, including Panchakarma, massage, diet and lifestyle, is this ancient practice of applied alchemy that frees the vital energy by purifying and nurturing the body, mind and energy with specific medicinals and therapies. In this process, the regenerative powers within are awakened, creating a magnetic and vibrant being whose consciousness is transformed for the fulfillment of their life purpose.
Based on a vision of making Ayurveda part of healthcare, Chaya's Ayurvedic small group education programs cover all aspects necessary for a practitioner to provide all of these holistic services to their patients.
It is our purpose to provide effective, affordable healthcare to the people of the Gainesville area in a peaceful, community setting. We understand that everyone’s situation is different and our primary goal is to make Ayurveda affordable and available for you to participate often enough in order to get the best results possible.