Ayurveda & Tantra

Ayurveda medicine is truly the divine code of nature. The focus of Ayurveda is preparing the body to be the greatest possible vessel of light. The term Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit "Ayu" meaning "life" and "Veda" meaning "knowledge." The literal translation of "Ayurveda" is "knowledge of life" or "right living." This Ayurvedic knowledge is grounded in the Vedic scriptures, which date back to 3000 B.C., if not earlier.

The origins of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Tantra all come from the ancient Vedic wisdom traditions. These three systems combined create the world’s most sophisticated, comprehensive, holistic approach to health, longevity, happiness and ultimately freedom.

Ayurveda is a vast field of practices, principles, and philosophy targeted at how to live life most harmoniously within our own unique constitutional blueprint (prakruti) and in alignment with the rhythms of nature and the universe. Ayurveda’s role is basically to keep mankind healthy while he/she realizes their true potential or state of Yoga (union with the divine).

While there are definitely aspects of spirituality in Ayurveda, its main emphasis is to both purify and strengthen the body and immune system in preparation for more powerful and refined work with the subtle energy body and mind. Basically, meaning Yoga and Tantra.

The Ayurveda system of medicine offers many ayurvedic herbal and other natural remedies and a holistic view on health in daily life, as well as many specialized ayurvedic therapies and cures. Ayurveda studies the physical and psychic behavior of people and prescribes ways for them to synchronize with their environment so as to live happy, healthy and inspired lives. Much emphasis in Ayurveda is given to diet, following the cycles of the seasons and other useful practices for enriching life.

The motivating force behind the eternal play of the illusory world of phenomena is the power of desire (ichcha-shakti). This desire is present in the one who is without attributes, the nameless and formless aspect of the divine (Brahman). Tantra accepts desire as the prime motivating force of the universe and much of the work of Tantra is to work with and not against desire. By means of physical and ritual cleaning, breathing, visualization, repetition of mantras, caring for our body temples with the right foods for our dosha type and taking in the proper plant medicines, tantra helps to unfold our divine nature and bring healing to body and soul.