Āyurvēda is perhaps the oldest existing therapeutic system used for health and wellbeing. Āyurvēda is increasingly finding its proper place and foothold within the mainstream health care systems the world over. When practiced properly Āyurvēda bestows immense benefits and helps in protecting and improving the health and wellbeing of people. However, the appropriate use of Āyurvēda requires a basic level of knowledge for it to be effective optimally. Therefore, this ‘Ayurvedic Lifestyle Management Course’ aimed at complete beginners will go a long way in optimising the tenets of Āyurvēda and teach how the wellness practices of Āyurvēda can be applied to daily life and these practices can be used to help others too.
To truly understand Āyurvēda, any course needs to go into the origins and history of its practice, along with introducing the basics of Sanskrit – the language of Āyurvēda as also some of the philosophical doctrines. I believe this course will go the extra mile.
As far as the ‘Samānya’ or general contents are concerned, the course ought to highlight the salient health and wellbeing practices of Āyurvēda and to explain significance of approach and ethos. Thus the course may be a journey to discover the fundamental principles of Āyurvēda and how these are applied to better the human conditions and positive health. The course ought to properly explain the strength of Āyurvēda in the way in which Āyurvēda looks at the relationship of oneness between the human being and the universe; The unique Ayurvedic concepts of the Tridōśha, Sapta Dhātus, Tri Malas and Agni. The course ought to help in discovering the important topic of Prakriti - Ayurvedic Constitution types, which categorises one into a mind-body profile - Vāta, Pitta or Kapha.
The course may help in learning what this means and even discover the Doshic profile that most accurately represents a person and the personalized management for optimal health and wellbeing for that Prakriti. Āyurvēda defines health as being ‘harmony’ of all the elements such as the Dōśhas, the Dhātus, the malas the Agni and also the Manas and Ātma. The course ought to bring out this dynamic concept of health which goes to a subtler level than the conventional definition of health as given by WHO.
Āyurvēda is a holistic science and is governed by tenet that all the aforesaid elements interact dynamically to attain health. An important part of this concept is the purposeful consumption of nutrients and so, the course ought to teach how the Ayurvedic dietetics is a very important and unique concept mandatory for optimal health. The course ought to include Food Guidelines for individual Dōśhas, and explain how tastes and emotions are interlinked, what constitute wrong food combinations and habits and how to optimize digestion.
In addition to providing a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental theories and practices of Āyurvēda, the course ought to provide a practical framework and hands-on training of daily routines and rituals, which may be adapted according to seasons and which a person can use daily to aid in increasing wellness through Āyurvēda. Focussed at the naïve and complete beginners, the ALMC is nicely conceived by very competent organisations like S-VYASA University and Sushruta Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital to deliver the core competency to those individuals who would like to improve their health and well being by applying these ancient practices in their daily lives.