Rooted in the Vedas, India's most cherished scriptures, Ayurveda is a holistic philosophy of living as well as a science of preventative health & healing. Rarely treating symptoms, it cures by removing the cause of disease.
Ayurveda believes that the cause of all disease comes from transgressing against nature & our own instinctive wisdom, improper eating, ignoring the cycles of seasons or our age & engaging in excessive pursuit of our sensual pleasures.
Health is not the separate pursuit of the perfect body, the forging of an intellectual mind, or even austere practices of the spirit. It is erroneous and burdensome to attempt to maintain a perfect body, life or health. The demands of such striving & desperate measures steal the vital force from our life. Accomplishing inner quiet & peace of mind can remove years of aging. Immortality is maintained in the present: this is the foundation of holistic health. A life of balance has no extremes & very little fragmentation.
Acceptance of ourselves as we are is the greatest health of all.
Through its knowledge of ‘body types’, Ayurveda has systemized the codes for human behavior. Meaning "that which has a fault", doshas denote physiological natures, systems inherently quick to change. We are all born with different combinations of all three: VATA [air], PITTA [fire] & KAPHA [water & earth]. These doshas embody our genetic code & categorize our ‘body types’, which influence our habits and makes us who we are. We may, however, always alter our fate through our choices, the power of our will & self-reflection.
Food is the keeper of all five elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Space. It takes us through the complete cycle of being; from the original cosmic seed to the fragile sprout, to the flourishing plant and its fruits, to our sustenance. Here are Ayurveda’s basic tenets of food, always remembering that how you feel after eating is just as important as what you are tasting:
- Prepare with good intentions
- Source locally grown seasonal organic foods as much as possible
- Eat according to the needs of the body
- Eat with respect to the environment
- Eat in accordance with your doshas
- Receive food with appreciation, reverence & gratitude
Food is memory. Memory is being. Eating is remembering.
Ayurvedic principles bring vital forces, health, balance, & intimacy onto your plate & into your life. Our recipes are designed to truly nourish.