Ayurveda has been around for thousands of years. It has been passed down and translated. The more I learn about it the more I see Ayurvedic concepts everywhere, just in other “languages”. I will continue studying, and ultimately I hope to be part of a movement that brings Ayurvedic practice into the main healthcare system as well as corporate culture.
However, a big obstacle in this linear culture is that American culture focuses on happiness being “within reach” but still outside of you. People are brainwashed by big corporations and mass movements. Also, because Ayurveda is rooted in spirituality, it may pushe people away or creates initial skepticism and/or controversy, just like the implementation of yoga into our school district. Unless it is received by mainstream, highly advertised and accepted by well know “brands”, it is easily rejected.
Despite that rigid mentality of “mainstream”, Ayurveda is growing and the need to veil it or reword it to be accepted is reducing. In fact, just like the city I live in that has embraced and supports yoga and Ayurveda, we create a demonstrative example of why it should and can be accepted. The visual proof it a healthy lifestyle with active and involved people. It is a community development that grows because it works.
As I go deeper into my studies, the more I learn the more I realize I have yet to learn. I still work with investments, but now I am working for a “holistic and comprehensive” firm. I hope to offer Ayurvedic concepts and clinics for our clients to complete a “health is wealth” concept and am slowly introducing this idea. I am confident that as my knowledge and confidence in that knowledge grows, so will the reception.
How is Ayurveda different in India, compared to USA?