I have recently returned from Sri Lanka, where I stayed in the beautiful Barberyn Reef Resort. Here I was truly blessed with relaxing Ayurvedic treatments including acupuncture, oil massages and of course daily Hatha yoga, I returned feeling rejuvenated from these treatments and of course from the most nourishing vegetarian meals one could only begin to imagine.
So what exactly is Ayurveda? It is a complete health system for mind, body and spirit. Rather than treating symptons, it treats the whole patient, working holistically to prevent and treat disease. Ayurveda uses the elements, seasons, plants and bodily humours to discover areas of potential weaknesss; it operates on the assumption that everyone is composed of various combinations of the five elements:earth, air, fire, water and ether.According to the laws of Ayurveda, these elements are manifested in each individual through doshas, or body types; there are three main types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Maintaining the balance of your dosha is the key to successful Ayurvedic practice, and this is done through diet, exercise, massage, crystal, gems and colour.