Nalanda Home

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurvedic Diet & Lifestyle

Ayurveda Wellness Massage



Ayurveda Weekends

Hosting other courses




Diary of Events

Gift voucher ideas





& Links

Contact Details

How to find us

What is Ayurveda?

The word Ayurveda describes the accumulated wisdom of the ancient rishis ('knowers of reality') for creating and maintaining health and harmony. The Sanskrit word, 'Ayur' means Life and 'Veda' means knowledge. Ayurveda treats the individual as a whole, has no side-effects and is a preventative system which works hand-in-hand with Nature. It aims to bring the five elements of our constitution; Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth into their true and natural relationship in the body and mind.

Just as we all have a unique face and body, so too are we all made up of a different and unique proportion of these elements. This proportion will determine our particular constitutional type, i.e. Vata (air & ether), Pitta (fire & water) or Kapha (water & earth) or more commonly, a combination of these. Knowing which elements are in excess enables us to balance ourselves using the qualities of the less dominant elements (treating like with unlike).

The main aim of Ayurveda is "to maintain the health of a healthy person" and "to eliminate the disease of the diseased person".

W.H.O. defines health as 'a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not mere absence of a disease or infirmity.'

Health is a precious possession, wisdom and art. Power and wealth are of no use if health is lacking.

A healthy person is one who has a dynamic balance of the three humors, vata, pitta and kapha, whose digestion and metabolism are normal, whose condition of tissue and excretory processes are normal, the soul is free from bondage and whose senses and mind are clear and bright.

Perfect health occurs when one is perfectly balanced within oneself and the outer world. When the balance is disturbed by internal changes and by the presence of an unstable outer world this leads to disease. Such degrees of disturbance and imbalances are inevitable.

Nalanda Ayurvedic Centre offers many of the tools and treatments of Ayurveda which can re-balance us: daily routines, seasonal routines, dietary regime, regulation of lifestyle, yoga, natural oral medication, rejuvenation and aphrodisiacs, detoxification through panchakarma and curative action, external medicine such as massage, use of pastes and powders and surgical treatment.


Welcome to Nalanda Ayurvedic Centre