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What is Ayurveda? 

Ayurveda is a subtle, simple healing system that beckons us to reconnect with the nature and the natural Divinity of our Soul.

It is one of our most ancient systems of health, coming from India the texts that brought Ayurveda to us are inextricably linked with those of Yoga. Ayurveda as a concept is said to have been born from the Rig Veda at the beginning of human history (post Ice-Age), the more refined and current version of Ayurveda that we will be referencing more clearly is from the Ashtanga Hridaya (c. 500 CE).

It is said that Yoga (a system of bodily postures, meditation, breathing exercises, contemplation and philosophy) was created in order to teach us how to die gracefully - the ultimate transcendence - and contrastingly Ayurveda is designed to teach us how to live well. 

Essentially they are inextricably linked and we never intended nor designed to be practiced separately - therefore, Yoga without Ayurveda (as Yoga without Vedanta)  is simply aerobics and Ayurveda without Yoga is simply a wellness system rather than the method with which we develop and grow spiritually. 

The Sanksrit term loose meanings are - Ayur = Life Veda = Science therefore, Ayurveda is the science of life. 

It is known as being written for longer than 9000 years and has been passed down verbally through Vaidyas who are Doctors born into the tradition for over 10000 years. 

While we will be focussing on the very top level energetic concepts of Ayurveda within this course know that Ayurveda encompasses and influences psychology, surgery, architecture, design, homeopathy, crystal healing, Chinese medicine and lots of current wellness trends. 

More and more modern science is proving Ayurvedic notions as correct. It includes both physical and emotional health. As a science it’s aims are to urge us to move away from modern separation, to seek and sit within our natural environment - to use our earth as a compass.

Urging us to Allow time to cultivate our seed of self to turn the soil, provide nourishment, sun, rain and love to the quiet, yet omnipotent part of our being that yearns to bloom To grow into a most bountiful, radiant, sweet and truthful you One that is interwoven and yoked with earth, her fruits, her oceans, trees, all living beings, spirit, the silver moon and the golden sun.

Make space for this transformation, understand that by deeper embodying this notion of “teaching Yoga” you are pursuing the path of the Bhakti Marga; those who live in total alignment, complete embodiment and unwavering devotion to the force that is Love.

Ancient Vedic wisdom quietly pulls a long, soft fabric through all of her concepts, guidance and mythology this cloth is coloured with three silken threads - the prominent qualities found within nature which are known as The Gunas. 

The Maha Gunas can be simply grasped as over-arching energies present in all things our selves, our physical bodies, our environment, conversation, nourishment, choice, awareness, connection - these subtle powers are known as Tamas, Rajas and Sattva. These are a key and simple concept within Ayurvedic wisdom, the ruling, overarching energies that influence all things including you. 

These are Tamas, Rajas and Sattva-


Tamas is any sense of heaviness, sluggishness, inertia, slowness and powerlessness felt in all sentient beings. 

While Tamas rules all of these elements it also governs a sense of groundedness, is needed; as in calmness, gravity and can be felt in nature with monolithic stones, majestic whales and the weight of water. 

Within human life Tamas is embodied as a state of resisting higher consciousness thereby,  a state of darkness or ignorance which can eventuate as sadness and depression. 

things that will increase tamas are: sleeping in, not exercising, coldness, darkness, too much slowness and lack of excitement, anything that is heavy, fried foods, sad conversations, complaining, procrastinating. things that will calm tamasic qualities are: fluid movement, anything that is light - laughter, fresh, bright foods, happy conversation and comedy, a brisk walk in nature, gratitude.

Tamas is any sense of heaviness, sluggishness, inertia, slowness and powerlessness felt in all sentient beings. 

While Tamas rules all of these elements it also governs a sense of groundedness, is needed; as in calmness, gravity and can be felt in nature with monolithic stones, majestic whales and the weight of water. 

Within human life Tamas is embodied as a state of resisting higher consciousness thereby,  a state of darkness or ignorance which can eventuate as sadness and depression. 

What in your life is Tamasic? 


Rajas can be sensed as passion, it is quick moving, changeable, adaptable, flexible, artistic. It is said that the energy of Rajas sparked the beginning of the universe and therefore, it must be present in the birthing of any new concepts, ideas and art. 

The fast moving river, the wind, the sudden thunderstorm and a school of fish, scales refracting and mesmerising all hold qualities of Rajas. 

We experience Rajas as creative ideas, the force and impetus in making and when out of balance this can manifest as anxiousness, a sense of lacking grounding and an erratic mind. 

things that will increase rajas are: caffeine, loud music, rushing, wind, computer screens, working late at night, lack of routine, being disorganised. things that will calm rajasic qualities are slowness, meditation, consideration, being organised and methodical, anything that you personally find grounding.

Rajas can be sensed as passion, it is quick moving, changeable, adaptable, flexible, artistic. It is said that the energy of Rajas sparked the beginning of the universe and therefore, it must be present in the birthing of any new concepts, ideas and art. 

The fast moving river, the wind, the sudden thunderstorm and a school of fish, scales refracting and mesmerising all hold qualities of Rajas. 

We experience Rajas as creative ideas, the force and impetus in making and when out of balance this can manifest as anxiousness, a sense of lacking grounding and an erratic mind. 

When did I last cup passion with my hands? 

Sattva is our guiding star, our compass, what we’re aiming for with internal and spiritual work - in the simplest terms this course is intended purely to conjure a more Sattvic way of being. 

Sattva speaks of what is in harmony, in balance with nature and this is often sweet, joyous, childlike. It is High Vibrations.

The first lick of sunrise, the luminescent glow of mother of pearl seashells, daffodils, honey and bees are incredibly Sattvic. 

Modern day humans have spent much energy and effort moving away from what is Sattvic, we can begin to recapture this feeling by being more curious, kind, wholehearted, by nurturing and caring for one another. Removing violent thoughts, conversations moving our bodies with dance and sunshine will all make us feel this concept of Sattva. To be completely Sattvic would be ultimate ascendance and for that fact while we always gravitate towards what is most pure, harmonic and Sattvic this state in its entirety is not of our world. 

things that increase (this is good) sattva are: honey, flowers, sunshine, sweet conversations and actions, bright colours, feeling belonging, friendship, community, feeling you are on-purpose, achievement, prana rich food, yoga practice, meditation, healthy movement, spending time in nature. things that will decrease (not good) Sattvic qualities are: worry, anxiety, sadness, preoccupation with the past or future, lethargy, laziness, negative dialogues, social isolation, living in a city and being removed from nature, processed foods. 

Sattva is our guiding star, our compass, what we’re aiming for with internal and spiritual work - in the simplest terms the book that you hold in your hands is intended purely to conjure a more Sattvic way of being. 

Sattva speaks of what is in harmony, in balance with nature and this is often sweet, joyous, childlike. It is High Vibrations.

The first lick of sunrise, the luminescent glow of mother of pearl seashells, daffodils, honey and bees are incredibly Sattvic. 

Modern day humans have spent much energy and effort moving away from what is Sattvic, we can begin to recapture this feeling by being more curious, kind, wholehearted, by nurturing and caring for one another. Removing violent thoughts, conversations moving our bodies with dance and sunshine will all make us feel this concept of Sattva. To be completely Sattvic would be ultimate ascendance and for that fact while we always gravitate towards what is most pure, harmonic and Sattvic this state in its entirety is not of our world.

What do I think is most sweet?