Ayurveda is India’s traditional, natural system of medicine that has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word and literally translated it means “Science of life” or “practices of longevity”. As the translation may suggest, it emphasizes extension of life span, prevention of disease, and rejuvenation of our body systems.

Ayurveda provides an integrated approach to preventing and treating illness through lifestyle interventions and natural therapies. It is based on the view that the elements, forces, and principles that comprise all of nature are also seen in human beings. In Ayurveda, the mind (or consciousness) and the body (or physical mass) not only influence each other – they are each other. Together they form the mind-body. Ayurveda believes that mental health directly impacts physical health and vice versa.

In Ayurveda your whole life and lifestyle must be in harmony before you can enjoy true wellbeing. Lifestyle interventions are a major Ayurvedic preventive and therapeutic approach, this includes what and when you eat, your sleeping patterns, day to day activities and behaviors, your fitness routine and so on. Ayurveda may also prescribe natural herbal remedies to help treat symptoms and to bring the elements back into balance

Despite its ancient roots, Ayurveda (along with many other alternative therapies) is becoming more relevant than ever in helping to treat modern day illnesses. More and more people are looking for alternatives to mainstream ‘Western’ medicine which often prescribes pharmaceutical drugs that can have harmful side effects. We are seeing a move towards patients seeking safe and non-invasive alternative treatments for modern illnesses, whether that’s alongside, or instead of, modern medicine.

To mark the increasing importance of Ayurveda in modern health care, the Indian Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy (AYUSH) has declared October 28th Ayurveda Day. Together with the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Indian Traditional Sciences, we are marking this occasion on 27 October by bringing together UK experts on Ayurveda to discuss the principles of this ancient science and to describe how Ayurvedic doctrines and practices can be intelligently applied to modern chronic health problems.

Director of The Minded Institute – Heather Mason – will be speaking at the event and announcing the exciting news that The Minded Institute will be running a 12-month Ayurveda professional training course starting in September 2017 led by Amarjeet-singh Bhamra – a lecturer, practitioner and author of India’s Traditional Sciences. A long time champion of Complementary and Alternative Medicines, Amarjeet recently led a very successful national campaign in the UK to save herbal medicines by launching a million strong petition in direct response to the European Union’s Traditional Herbal Medicines Products Directive. He administers the powerful All Party Parliamentary Group on Indian Traditional Sciences comprising of members of the British parliament from both House of Commons and Lords.

If you would like more information on our 12 month Ayurveda professional training course please contact heather.f.mason@gmail.com

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