Ayurveda means “the science of life” and it is the sister science/medical side of Yoga. Ayurveda is considered the most complete system of natural health care. This 5,000 year old model of medicine provides us with a unique opportunity to understanding ourselves as a part of nature. Ayurveda encourages the concept that we each possess our own individual “blue-prints” and “individualized manuals” that allow us to take well-being into our own hands based on this uniqueness. This holistic approach to maintaining and regaining optimal health depends on carefully constructing plans according to our Ether/Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth elemental configuration. Ayurveda gives us the practical tools to re-establishing ourselves and taking charge of not only our health but also our lives, as it is combined with the Yogic process. It focuses on an individually based diet and lifestyle protocol to help acheive a level of balance. Herbs and other supplements, spirituality, psychology, rejuvenation and revitalization, breathing exercises (Pranayama), meditation, physical exercises (such as yoga asana’s, gym exercises, and other physical forms of activity) are some of the various tools recommended as part of this system to gaining harmony and managing imbalances.