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Ayurveda: A Brief History of an Ancient Healing Science

Ayurveda is considered the “mother of all healing sciences.” It is the profound, vast, ancient wisdom that teaches us how to live lives of balance. Ayurveda has been around since the dawn of human existence on Earth. As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary, let’s take a brief look at the history of this ancient science. Since it is so ancient, dates are estimates only:

Ayurveda, Elecampane and the Lungs (and a Bonus Herb: Bamboo)

 Summer time at our Medicinal Herb Garden is a marvelous thing!

Ayurveda and the Importance of Sleep

Sleep, Aaaah…beautiful sleep. Do you get enough? If not, this could spell trouble for you!

Ayurveda considers sleep to be one of the “Three Pillars of Life,” along with proper digestion and appropriate sexual activity. What this means is that proper and sufficient sleep is essential for optimal health and without it, body and mind can suffer. 

Ayurveda & the Divinely Feminine Herbs Black Cohosh and Wild Yam

Interestingly, the two herbs pictured here, both of which have special actions on the female reproductive system, love to hang out together in our medicinal herb garden.

The beautiful heart-shaped leaves belong to wild yam, and the plant that has white flowers and leaves with a coarsely toothed margin is black cohosh

Ayurvedic Self-Care: Washing the Eyes

 You wash your body. How about your eyes?

What Does the Word “Ayurveda” Actually Mean?

Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term.  Sanskrit is the language of Ayurveda and it is the oldest written language on the planet.  The term Ayurveda comes from the roots Ayus and Veda.”  Ayus may be translated as life and veda as knowledge.  Hence, Ayurveda is the knowledge of life.

Ayurveda and the Healing Power of Pinda Svedana Treatments

 Each July at CCA, we offer several workshops, providing opportunities for students to deeply learn the hands-on treatments of Ayurveda. 

In this Pinda Svedana workshop, students learn the ancient pinda svedana (and patra pindra svedana) treatments, in which boluses (pouches), made of cotton, are filled with rice and/or herbs and soaked in warm, nourishing herbal oil or milk. 

Ayurveda and The "Enlightenment" of Flowers, Crystals, Birds ~ and Humans

“Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans…to the beauty that is an essential part of their own innermost being, their true nature…Without our fully recognizing it, flowers would become for us an expression in form of that which is the most high, most sacred, and ultimately formless within ourselves.

Ayurvedic Facials: Doesn’t it make you smile, just thinking about it?

These pictures are from our summer Facials Workshop, which is offered each July at CCA.

Ayurveda, Yoga and the Parable: Good, Bad, Who's to Say?

There once was a man who lived on a farm with his son and his horse. 

One day, the barn door was left open and the horse ran away. When the nearby villagers heard about it, they ran to the farm to tell the farmer how sorry they felt for him. “How will you work your farm without your horse?” they asked. The farmer simply shrugged and said “good, bad, who’s to say?”