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Ayurveda: The Science of Life

Ayurveda brought home

About Ayurveda

lotusAyurveda, often called the "Mother of All Healing" is a complementary system of healing originating in India over 5000 years ago. More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a "Science of Life", (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge).  The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda provides specific guidelines to help us identify our constitutional nature and provides us with ways to live gently and harmoniously on the earth while fulfilling our own health and personal needs.

In Ayurveda, body, mind and consciousness work together in maintaining balance. A lifestyle approach, Ayurveda emphasizes prevention through offering guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, nutrition, exercise, and the proper use of the senses and herbs. Through a constitutional approach, the knowledge of Ayurveda enables one to stay vital and fulfill one's potential

Ayurveda embodies concepts of body-mind care which include spiritual philosophies that transcend religious orthodoxy. Ayurveda, when translated means "The Science of Life". It represents a practical application of universal philosophical concepts based on universal life energy – ‘Prana'.  Ayurveda recognizes the importance of physical balance, emotional peace, mental health, environmental mindfulness and spiritual progression in the total health picture.

Understanding Your Constitution

Constitutional medicine is a simple means of determining what you are born with, the combination of principles or forces that determine your individuality. Your constitution reveals the blueprint outlining the innate tendencies that have been built into your system. It shows functional habits of the body as determined by the genetic endowment of the individual and modified by environmental factors. It reveals your uniqueness and your hidden potentials - your challenges and lessons along with your gifts. Your personality, body and mind are direct reflection of your constitution.
Constitutional medicine is the art and science of understanding the uniqueness of the individual. The main difference between individuals is the degree to which the Elements of Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Ether interact with one another within the person. The ratio of the Elements in your constitution, and the qualities expressed by it, are unique to every individual, as are our fingerprints. 

 "The basic constitution of the individual remains unaltered during the lifetime, as it is genetically determined. The combination of elements present at birth remains constant. However, the combination of elements that governs the continuous physio-pathological changes in the body alters in response to changes in the environment".-Dr. Vasant Lad
Knowing your constitution is the first step to anticipating the type of disorders and imbalances that can create dis-ease. Equally, this knowledge enables you to adjust your life to keep your Elements balanced.  


The Doshas

The three main constitutions, also called ‘doshas' are known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha The Five Elements can be seen to exist in the material universe at all scales both organic and inorganic, from peas to planets. When they enter into the biology of a living organism, man for example, they acquire a biological form. This means that the Five Elements are  coded into three biological forces which govern all life processes. These three forces are known as the three doshas, or simply the tridosha. The tridosha regulates every physiological and psychological process in the living organism. The interplay among them determines the qualities and conditions of the individual. A harmonious state of the three doshas creates balance and health; an imbalance, which might be an excess or deficiency, manifests as a sign or symptom of disease.


Ayurveda Brought Home

The Living Centre offers a unique synthesis of the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, the cutting-edge knowledge of Organic Vegan Live-Food cuisine and Earth Wisdom Teachings to create an integrated path toward the wellbeing of oneself and the Earth. We offer Ayurvedic lifestyle sessions and instruction in our workshops and professional training courses.  The lifestyle training of Ayurveda and the Sevenfold Path of Peace are beautifully woven into all of our programs, seminars, workshops, and retreats.


Ayurvedic Living Nutrition

Live-Food Nutrition is an exploration into an understanding of Live-food Nutrition. Find out how to heal nature's way, regardless if it's stress, chronic illness, cancer, burnout, immune dysfunction, fibromyalgia, depression, weight concerns or you are healthy and want to stay that way. Learn more


Earth Wisdom Teachings

The cornerstone of the Living Arts Institute programs, ‘Earth Wisdom Teachings' gives you powerful tools to develop a ‘real' relationship with the Earth. One that embodies enchantment, wonder and awe, as well as is grounded in a genuine connection to the natural world.  Learn more



Living the Solution: The Sevenfold Path Way

Empower Yourself and Be the Change that Changes Everything. There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, any dream into a reality. Take back your power, live disease-free, support the environment, live the change, and be the Artist of Your Life.   Learn more

usAyurvedic Nutritional & Lifestyle Private Sessions

The Living Centre offers two unique private consultation programs to assist you in creating the healthy lifestyle you desire – ‘Ayurvedic Lifestyle' consultations with Shantree Walter Kacera, RH., D.N., Ph.D., and ‘Creative Lifestyle' consultations with Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera, Creativity Coach.

Ayurvedic Lifestyle consultations address nutritional lifestyle needs and give you empowerment tools to create and maintain the nutritional program that best supports your unique body type. Creativity Lifestyle consultations address your physical, mental and emotional well-being through body-centered practices and dialogue. The programs complement each other and can be taken together or separately, to give you the knowledge and skills needed to create a healthy, balanced and vibrant lifestyle.  For more