Frequently Asked Questions
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is the traditional Vedic science of health. The Sanskrit word literally translates to science ("veda") of life ("ayur".) Ayurveda is the oldest and most scientific forms of holistic healing; encouraging appropriate diet and regimen for each individual person according to time, place, and circumstance.
What is the goal of Ayurveda?
The goal of Ayurveda is to achieve balance (sama). There are three doshas (or combinations of elements) that constitute each individual; namely air (vata), fire (pitta), and earth (kapha). The knowledge gained from Ayurveda enables us to live in a state of balance and harmony by understanding how these three doshas are effected by certain foods, activities, etc.
Who can benefit from Ayurveda?
Everyone! The science of Ayurveda is very rational and scientific. It encourages the student to understand his/her body type as well as the effects that certain foods and activities have on the body. From that understanding, one can discern what is healthy or unhealthy for the individual. Once you understand the effects of elements on the body, the choice is yours.
How old is Ayurveda?
While there is much speculation on the "origin of Ayurveda," if one studies the original Sanskrit texts, the answer becomes quite clear. Ayurveda is a science of divine origin. The age, therefore, is much greater than any modern historian may calculate using their limited instruments. If you're interested in the history of Ayurveda, as accepted by authentic Vedic scholars, please inquire in your next session and we will be happy to discuss such topics.
Can Ayurveda be applied in the West?
Although Ayurveda is traditionally practiced in India, the principles of Ayurveda can be applied anywhere. This is the beauty of such a scientific practice. Once the student understands the fundamental elements of nature and the effects on his/her body, the environment in which one is living does not inhibit the ability to understand and apply Ayurveda.
What is Yoga?
Yoga is a Sanskrit term that literally translates to "union". The type of Yoga that we teach at Root and Branch is the physical practice of yoga poses called yoga asanas, as well as the practice of deep breathing known as pranayama. These practices improve the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of the practitioner.
What is the goal of Yoga?
As per the traditional textbook of Yoga asanas called Gheranda Samhita, the great sage Gheranda describes the benefits of Yoga as steadiness of body (sthira) and freedom from disease (a-rogyam).
Who can benefit from Yoga?
Yoga is meant for everyone; young, old, skinny, large, short, tall, man, or woman. There are thousands of yoga poses, each benefiting certain parts of the body, and a wise teacher will know what specific poses to teach to each individual. A yoga practice can and should evolve to meet the specific needs of the practitioner at every stage of his/her life. As we evolve, so should our practice.
When do you see the results of Yoga?
Unlike modern allopathic medicine, the results of yoga may take time. Also unlike modern allopathic medicine, the benefits that are experienced from practicing yoga are not paired with undesired and harmful side effects. Yoga heals and strengthens the body from the inside out. Therefore, once the benefits of yoga are achieved, they are sustained and long-lasting.