It is the science of life and it is guided by the rhythm and laws of nature.
In Ayurveda, all things living and non-living are connected. Just as imbalance in any one part of an ecosystem effects the whole, an imbalance in one part of the body effects the whole being. In Ayurveda it is believed that in order to be a healthy, vibrant being one must maintain balance in body, mind and spirit.
Ether (space), air, fire, water, and earth are the elements that compose every being. These elements combine to create the three life forces, or energies, called Doshas. Every individual's unique constitution is a result of the differing amounts of each Dosha in one's being. Vata is made of the air and space elements. Pitta is fire and water. Kapha is water and earth. Each individual has a unique blend of the three Doshas with one usually being more dominant. These Doshas are the foundation of disease and health in every being.
Ayurveda seeks to remove any causes of imbalance and to help the body implement its innate healing systems with the use of daily lifestyle practices. Through daily rituals such as (but not limited to) oil massage, yoga, diet, and seasonal cleansing (pancha karma) one can realize heightened states of health and consciousness. Ayurveda focuses on prevention and self-awareness. One must understand their individual constitution and implement daily rituals in accordance with their unique nature to avoid disease and bring ones being into
a state of harmony with nature.