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What is Ayurveda?

ayus = life          veda = knowledge  

Ayurveda is the Indian living tradition of health and wellbeing.  Often called the ‘Science of Life’ Ayurveda is a comprehensive system which covers anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic systems and treatment strategies.

Over 5000 years old, this ancient science is still relevant today to help find and maintain the balance in life that is required to become truly healthy. Ayurveda counsels that true health is not only physical, but is a state of wellness of the mind, body and spirit.

The aim of Ayurveda is not to treat disease but rather to maintain health.  Where necessary, Ayurveda seeks to balance and bring back the health of each individual to their natural state, or natal constitution. In Ayurveda this is called one’s Prakriti. 
  
Through diagnostic techniques, the Ayurvedic Practitioner determines a person’s Prakriti. They also identify possible imbalances and disease tendencies, find the root causes of the dis-ease, and plan a pathway back to health.  

The ancient Ayurvedic sages created a vast body of knowledge based on their understanding of the universe, the energies that are at work in it, and how these energies manifest into matter, the matter around us and within. 

Below is a basic outline of the Ayurvedic philosophy and how it relates to our bodies.
  
All manifest or formed energy is made from the Pancha Mahabhutas, the 5 Great Elements.  

These are Akasha, Vayu, Tejas, Jala and Prithvi, or Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth

Ether is spacious, the space in which everything exists
Air is the force of movement
Fire is the power of conversion
Water provides fluidity and cohesion 
Earth is stability and solidity

Ayurveda’s philosophy of life and health is based on the attributes of the 5 elements which are found in everything in nature, including us. Ayurveda teaches that we are not separate from nature but are a part of it.  

The ancient sages found that the 5 elements combined in different ways to create Doshas, which are the forces that govern the functioning of the body. These Doshas, or bio- energies, are called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each Dosha has a predominance of two of the five elements which imbues it with certain qualities.  
The word Dosha means ‘that which can go out of balance’.  
However in correct balance the Doshas sustain life and health for the individual. Read more on my blog >>

Living Ayurveda

Here at Living Ayurveda, my aim is to help you find the balance and health you want in your life.  I am here to help you learn to nurture yourself, learn the wisdom of Ayurveda and cultivate good habits to bring lasting health on all levels of your being. 

Through my services of Private Consultations, Massage, Workshops, Retreats and Yoga I work to develop a path forward that will bring awareness, balance and health into your life and develop your inner wisdom.

Living Ayurveda uses Organic and Sustainably Grown herbs and herbalised oils to assist in re-establishing balance within.
 

Jacqueline Iles

Hi, my name is Jacqueline and I’m glad you have dropped by! 

I started Living Ayurveda because it is my dharma, my path, to help people to be well and find balance in their lives through sharing the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. And I love doing what I do.

As a young adult, I was interested in health and healing and completed a massage course whilst at University.  After some overseas travel, I began my Ayurvedic journey at age 22 when I embarked on a four year Advanced Diploma of Ayurveda. Once completed, I wanted more clinical experience (and more travel!) so, headed to India. 

Since then I have been to India three times for further Ayurvedic training and Yoga studies and return regularly for further conferences and training.  

I completed an Iyengar Yoga teacher training Level One in Australia and have been a yoga teacher for 12 years.  Click here for more information on Yoga with me. 

My journey as a Mother raising our two children has brought a profound richness of experience to my life and practice.  It has also helped me understand the challenges of juggling family and business life!  

I have been lucky enough to begin living the path of Ayurveda from a relatively early age.  It has brought me the inner awareness of how my choices and habits impact my health and wellbeing.  Ayurveda has taught me how to live in accordance with the rhythms of nature, how to eat seasonally for better health and how to prioritise self care so I have abundant energy to care for my family and clients.  

I am constantly researching and interested in how Ayurveda is being recognised throughout the world and I love it when modern science validates Ayurveda’s ancient wisdom, such as in Epi-genetics.

It is with great reverence for the wisdom of Ayurveda that I offer my services to you. I derive a deep satisfaction from sharing my knowledge with clients who are able to gain lasting improvements in their health and wellbeing by incorporating simple Ayurvedic principles into their lives. 

When I am not working I love down time with my kids and partner, walking in nature, camping holidays, singing, practicing yoga or delving into a good novel.  

I give thanks to my teachers Dr. Krishna Kumar and Professor Michael Junius, who started me on the Ayurvedic path. Thanks also to Dr Pankaj Patil and Dr Claudia Welch.  And, last but not least, to my family, who encourage me to be constantly aware and evolving.