Ayurveda is a sister science to Yoga. Both have originated from the ancient sacred books of India, called the Vedas. There are 4 main Vedas and the sub Vedas to these 4 main Vedas. They are the Rig Veda, Sam Veda, Yajur Veda and the Atharva Veda. Yoga belongs to the Rig Veda whereas Ayurveda belongs to the Atharva Veda.

Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that translates to Ayur meaning ‘life’ and Veda meaning ‘science’, making it the science of life. Ayurveda is a science of life that works on all things natural and elemental to human life, its techniques involve natural herbs, processes, studies, massages and techniques that result in natural solutions to human problems like illnesses, diseases and ailments.

The teachings of Ayurveda are based on the ideals that:

  • Connect the naturally occurring forces that unite the universe be known and connect to a living being.
  • Drive the forces of life itself, namely the Doshas. Doshas are elemental ratios residing within someone in different amounts and ratios.
  • Study the constitutional aspects of a body known as Prakruti.

Ayurveda believes that each person is constructed of 5 main elements of the earth namely the air, fire, water, earth and ether. And each person has these elements in them in different aspects and ratios. The three main kinds of Doshas (or elemental ratios) are the:

Vata Dosha:
Vata Dosha

Vata Dosha comprises mainly of the wind and water energies. It characterizes the movement in one’s body or the body functions such as the movement, the body language the motion, the circulation of body fluids within the body and reflex movements of the senses.

Pitta Dosha:
Pitta Dosha

Pitta Dosha mainly comprises of the fire and earth energies. It characterizes the body functions such as temperatures and their maintenance, digestion, absorption, metabolism and warm functions of the body. 

Kapha Dosha:
Kapha Dosha

Kapha Dosha mainly comprises of the earth and ether energies. It characterizes body functions that ground the body and grow the body as well. This Dosha, acts on functions such as, providing water to all body parts, lubrication of the body tissues and joints, strengthening the immunity and the hydration of the cells of the body.  Kapha

Ayurveda is a very vast study of life and impossible to explain in a single blog. The study of Ayurveda is almost 20000 years old and a lot of study and research has gone towards this study of life sciences. But fortunately enough, the knowledge has passed down generations to this day where, studies are advanced and medicines are costly. There are Ayurveda courses being offered in the birthplace of Ayurveda, India. But how to find the best Ayurvedic training courses in this vast sea of knowledge? Here’s how:

  • Know exactly what you’d like to learn:

Ayurveda, being a vast subject of study has many aspects that lead to the accumulated study of life. The various aspects may seem overwhelming when it comes to learning the ancient wisdom. So one should be looking towards what are the branches of Ayurveda, how are the branches related to each other and their major functions and many more detailed information on this subject. Check to see what interests you the most.

  • Do your research:

Other than just researching on the history of Ayurveda, lay your focus on which branch excites you the most and what techniques are involved in that aspect. Do your research thoroughly on the history, on the part of Ayurveda which excites you. Learn about what all is involved in the techniques that comprise that aspect.

  • Find the different schools that are offering the branch of Ayurveda that you’d like to take a course for:

The internet has good information about the courses of Ayurveda being offered in different Ayurvedic schools and this is a great help to check on the number of different schools taking up this course that you are interested in.

  • Know the details:

Details such as the basic syllabus of the course, the time needed for the completion of the course, the faculty teaching it and the price of the course are important to know in advance. These important details will help you in the next step when you are comparing the different schools delivering the chosen course.

  • Comparison:

After the research in hand, take time to compare the schools that are offering the choice of course in hand. Look for things like, the faculty, experience of the school, history if particularly interesting in some cases, reviews of the schools on the internet and if possible try to contact one of the past clientele of the school through mail or any other means of communicating.

  • Application:

Since Ayurveda is an ancient science and a very sacred one at that, you may have to write a bit about your perception and the reason for your wanting to take the course to the school. Apply for the school of your choice and wait for the acceptance mail.

  • Prepare:

After you are accepted in the school for the Ayurvedic course training of your choice, don’t forget to do your homework. Read whatever part of the syllabus you can and as much as you can about the course and its ideals. Watch and follow as much of Ayurvedic processes as you can in everyday life routines and mentally and physically prepare for training in that course.

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