Ayurveda is a holistic, or ‘whole body’, medical system that has been around for thousands of years, yet is still incredibly relevant today. Literally meaning ‘the science of life’, it seeks to restore and maintain balance within our minds and bodies, allowing us to live to our full potential in a state of True Health.
Conventional medicine has a tendency to treat the symptom, not the root cause, and often fails to see each person as an individual. But we are all more than just our physical bodies; we are a complete mind/body system that works in harmony with nature and this lies at the root of Ayurvedic healing.
The principles of Ayurveda recognise that there are 3 biophysical forces that exist within each of us and throughout nature. These are Vata (air and space), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (water and earth) and it is the combination of these 3 forces within us which provide us with our unique characteristics and body type, or Dosha. This natural dosha, or prakriti, can however become unbalanced through factors such as lifestyle, diet and environment, and this puts the individual into a new, unbalanced body type, or vikriti.
Through diagnosing this imbalance, and focusing on the root cause rather than the symptom, this sophisticated medical system aims to restore the individual back to their original Dosha, and back to a state of True Health through a combination of herbs, massage, yoga, detox and lifestyle management.
Although Ayurveda is able to treat and alleviate the many mental and physical problems we face today, its main aim is to maintain balance and therefore prevent any illness from entering the body in the first place. Ayurveda arms you with the right tools for living for you as an individual, so you are always making the best choices for you and your health on a daily basis. It is also not designed to replace conventional medicine, but instead work alongside it.
My name is Louise Dodds. Born and bred in Edinburgh, Scotland, I originally took the path of science, gaining a BSc from Glasgow University. But after graduating, my career took a completely different route into the music industry.
A few years ago I started to gain a new perspective on life, and in particular, the inextricable link between body and mind – how we all have the ability to heal ourselves, if only we were armed with the right knowledge and tools.
I had tried different holistic treatments in the past, to varying degrees of success, but it was on a trip to Bali that I discovered Ayurveda for the first time. It was somehow different to all the previous treatments I’d tried, and I instantly felt there was something special about it. I realised it was exactly what I had been looking for, and subsequently decided to train at the Ayurveda Pura Academy in London, both to learn as much as I could about it, and also to help others who were struggling to find true health and that mind/body balance in their lives, guiding them on their way to healing and to a new beginning. The results I have seen in myself and others have left me in no doubt that Ayurveda is an incredibly effective method of healing the body and the mind.
I am a member of the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals UK and am fully insured.
Ayurvedic Diet & Lifestyle Consultant Diploma - Ayurveda Pura Academy
Ayurvedic Therapist Diploma - The Ayurveda Institute
BSc University of Glasgow