Our Philosophy

We believe a holistic approach to well-being is the best approach because it engages all areas—body, mind and spirit—to regain balance and attain optimal health and contentment.

We employ several different practices at SattvicLiving in our holistic approach, including:

Ayurveda
Yoga asana
Pranayama
Meditation

 

Ayurveda
Ayurveda, the ‘science of life’ is a system of traditional medicine founded in India over 5,000 years ago.  In Sanskrit, the word ‘Ayurveda’ consists of ‘Ayus’ (life) and ‘Veda’ (related to knowledge or science).  It is now practiced throughout the world and is considered a form of Alternative Medicine.

Ayurveda has brought health and wellness to many throughout time with simple changes to daily life.  Incorporating Ayurvedic principles can bring about radical changes in your mind, body and spirit.

Ayurveda views each person as a unique individual, with a unique mind/body constitution and a unique set of life circumstances, all of which must be considered when determining natural healing approaches or recommendations for improvement in daily living. Because we are all unique, Ayurveda suggests that in order to be healthy, one must eat certain foods beneficial for individual body constitutions and partake in individual exercise routines.  An awareness of your specific individual constitution can help you understand your personality and how you relate to others.

The individual body constitution is known as, ‘Prakriti’, which in Sanskrit means ‘nature or natural form.’  An imbalance in your natural form is known as ‘Dosha.’  Dosha can also be translated as disease.  Each individual is made of three Doshas:  Vatta, Pitta and Kapha.

Yoga Asana
SattvicLiving uses the age-old methodology of yoga asana to begin to explore the physical body.  The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, one of the most authentic books on Hatha Yoga, outlines the purpose of asanas (physical practice) so that, “one can achieve sound health, stability, lightness of body and mind…”

Pranayama
Pranayama is the science of breath control.  It is a series of breathing exercises intended to keep the body vibrant and in good health.  In Sanskrit, ‘Prana’ translates to ‘life force or life energy,’ ‘Yama’ is ‘discipline’ or ‘control’ and ‘Ayama’ means ‘expansion’ or ‘non restraint.’

Meditation
Meditation is derived from two Latin words, ‘meditari’ (to think, to dwell upon, to exercise the mind) and ‘mederi’ (to heal).  The Sanskrit derivation ‘medha’ means wisdom.  It is an inwardly oriented, personal practice in which an individual trains his/her mind to control scattered thoughts.