Ayurveda, which means "science of life," is the ancient traditional healing system of India. With thousands of years of history, Ayurveda is a living tradition that continues to evolve and grow during modern times. Ayuveda is the "sister science" to yoga. When yoga is informed by Ayurveda it becomes better - not just richer, but more attuned to the needs of the individual student. Ayuveda is a vast discipline that at its advanced level is a complex medical system. For the layperson, Ayurveda can be a healthy lifestyle choice. Diet is one of the main focuses of Ayurveda, but Ayurveda covers much more than that. You can apply Ayurveda to many aspects of living, from your choice of routine (or lack thereof) to entertainment. One of the unique features of Ayurveda is how individualized it is. Ayurveda teaches of three main constitutional types or "doshas" that, when balanced, support good health and emotional well-being. When you know what your individual dosha is, you can adjust your diet and lifestyle to keep yourself in better balance. In yoga, Ayurveda can inform the type of practice, including yoga postures, pranayama (breathing exercises), and focal points of meditation. In Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy, the principles of Ayurveda are used to support the client in a yoga practice that works best with the individual constitution (or dosha). This helps balance the entire mind/body system.