The Institute for the Advancement of Ayurvedic Sciences was formed in 2018 to offer certification courses in Ayurveda and to conduct research into the ever expanding science of the use of traditional Ayurvedic modalities in the treatment and prevention of illness and disease.
This dual purpose, it is felt, is critical in addressing the changes taking place in our physical and cultural environments. Ayurveda, the comprehensive system of healthcare that has been practiced in India for over five thousand years, is thought to be the world’s oldest healing system. Commonly referred to as “mother of all sciences” Ayurveda, in Sanskrit, means “science of life” (ayu means life, and veda means knowledge of). While the basic philosophy of Ayurveda, which is based on the concept of the balance of doshas (of individuals and the universe), is never-changing, “life” as we know it today is far different from 5000 years ago. Rooted in the ancient spiritual books of wisdom, the Vedas, Ayurveda encompasses life in its totality. Today, in keeping with these spiritual roots, this totality must embrace the shifting components that define our daily existence and which may often adversely impact our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
The mission of the IAAS, therefore, is to offer courses in Ayurveda to ground students in the traditional art and science of Ayurvedic philosophy. And, at the same time, to research new formulations of traditional Ayurvedic modalities that can be used to adapt to our changing environment so that an outcome of balanced health and wellness can still be achieved. Ayurveda, the mother of all sciences, has a solid foundation on which this evolving research can embark.