Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that means “the science of life.” This holistic health and medicinal system originated in India over 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda emphasizes prevention and finding balance in the body, mind, and spirit through lifestyle changes depending on your unique constitution. Emotional or physical stress, relationships, weather, food choices, and more can cause imbalance in the body. Once you understand the constant interaction between order and disorder, balance and imbalance, plus your dosha and how your body handles different factors, you can establish balance and optimal health. Ayruveda is a subcategory under the Eastern Healing Arts modality.