Maharishi Ayurveda is a popular system of ayurvedic health care which was refined and revived by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi from its 5,000-year-old roots in India. Maharishi Ayurveda has earned a global following because of its natural and effective approach to creating ideal health. The strength of Maharishi Ayurveda lies in its ability to enliven the body’s self- repair mechanisms, creating mind-body balance. Instead of focusing solely on treating diseases, Maharishi Ayurveda prioritizes harmonizing mental and physical health to prevent diseases from ever manifesting. The ultimate aim of Maharishi Ayurveda is to achieve holistic balance in mind, body, and spirit.

Through its practical approach, Maharishi Ayurveda promotes holistic health with daily and seasonal routines, personalized diet, potent herbs, cleansing treatments and effective stress reduction. Maharishi Ayurveda is not a one-size-fits-all solution; rather, recommendations are tailored to each person’s body type.

What is a Maharishi Ayurveda Body Type?

Maharishi Ayurveda categorizes individuals into three mind-body types, or doshas: Vata (air), Pitta (fire), and Kapha (earth and water). Each person has a unique blend of these doshas and based on that, individuals receive specific recommendations for diet, exercise, and lifestyle.

Food as Medicine

Maharishi Ayurveda sees diet as being central to maintaining good health. What a person eats can significantly impact how they feel and perform. Having a personalized, whole-food diet according to your constitution enhances vitality, alertness, and readiness for the day. Maharishi Ayurvedic dietary principles can guide anyone in selecting and preparing foods tailored to their body type throughout the various stages of life.

Daily and Seasonal Routine

Staying aligned with nature’s rhythms enhances balance in the physiology. Practices like “early to bed and early to rise,” regular practice of meditation and yoga, and adjusting what you eat to the time of day and the season, have the effect of boosting energy and alertness and reducing the challenges of declining health in later years. In essence, Maharishi Ayurvedic daily and seasonal routines support harmony with nature and thereby bring about balanced, holistic health.

Herbs for Balance

Plant-based wisdom lies at the heart of Maharishi Ayurveda. If you’re feeling “off”, whether it’s lethargy or digestive issues, there’s an herbal formula available to restore balance. Following ancient texts, Maharishi Ayurveda provides sustainable botanical blends prepared in India and potent single-herb products that offer natural balance for a lifetime.

Panchakarma – Seasonal or Annual Cleaning

Panchakarma is a Maharishi Ayurvedic purification program which uses luxurious “spa” treatments like warm oil massages, steam baths, and aroma therapy. Panchakarma awakens your body’s natural healing abilities. The term “panchakarma” in Sanskrit means “five actions,” representing the rejuvenating treatments in the program. This unique Maharishi Ayurveda wellness routine offers a deep reset for both mind and body.

Ayurveda is Not Just About the Body

Maharishi Ayurveda emphasizes the creation of holistic health, which is made up of mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. To achieve a truly holistic state of health, Maharishi Ayurveda suggests the practice of Transcendental Meditation® (TM®). This ancient technique of meditation, rooted in the Vedic tradition, fosters mental, physical, and emotional balance by alleviating stress and enhancing cognitive function. Neuroimaging studies using EEG and fMRI have demonstrated TM’s positive impact on brain activity and connectivity, leading to improved cognitive processing, memory, and executive function. Furthermore, the regular practice of TM develops higher states of consciousness, leading to a holistic state of health on all levels.

Ayurvedic expert and wellness consultant, Laurina Carroll, states the following in her book Perfect Health for Busy People: A Maharishi Ayurveda Guide to Enjoying a Longer Happier Life:

Amidst the whirlwind of conflicting information online, [Maharishi] Ayurveda is grounded in tradition and backed by thousands of years of successful use. Prevention is a fundamental tenet of [Maharishi] Ayurveda and one of my chief goals as a wellness consultant. Rather than simply treating imbalances as they arise, my goal is to help you prevent those imbalances from arsing in the first place.

This fall, TM for Women- Canada will partner with Laurina to offer a series of online seminars on the many benefits of Maharishi Ayurveda for women. Topics will include how body type affects your health, how to balance your hormones at any age, how to get a good night sleep, and more.

If want to be informed of these upcoming seminars, email and we will make sure you receive a notice of the seminars when they become available.

In the meantime, we recommend you view these informative videos by Laurina:

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For more information on Maharishi Ayurvedic herbs and to choose from a wide selection of supplements that support good health, visit Maharishi Ayurveda Products International,

For more information on Maharishi Panchakarma, visit the The Raj  Ayurveda Health Centr,