What is the definition of “health”?


We all want to feel well. That’s probably one of a few things we can agree on across the nation. However, how do you answer when someone asks you, “are you healthy?”. Do you answer based on your lab test results, or perhaps today’s mood? 


In Ayurveda, health comes within. Health is defined by three aspects of our life, which are physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. The name of “Ayurveda” is composed of two words.

It is the combination of “ayur (life)” and “veda (science or knowledge)”, and is said to have been practiced for over 5000 years. Ayurveda sees humans as an eternal self, so following Ayurveda will bring your life to be more holistic. 


Ayurveda comes from one same philosophy as Yoga. Yoga is often associated with physical exercise, and the physical exercise part of yoga is called asana in Sanskrit. It looks like it takes care of your physical body, but it is actually a method to connect with your mind by using your physical body. 


When it comes to health, we often think of disease or illness when we get sick. In Ayurveda, we have a lot to talk about before getting sick. It is because any symptoms that can indicate imbalance are calling you to balance yourself, and Ayurveda is here to treat that. Hence, before you  get diagnosed at a hospital, you can treat a lot of things  yourself. Once you start knowing Ayurveda, you can catch symptoms that are causing imbalance. When you start experiencing symptoms, Ayurveda looks for the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms. This way, you can tell what to pay attention to in your daily life, and it will enable us to avoid getting diseases. 


Do you feel healthy today?