Maharishi Ayurveda (MAV)

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Maharishi Ayurveda (MAV) Mean?

Maharishi Ayurveda (MAV) is an alternative name given to the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health, or MVAH. This is also sometimes known as Maharishi Vedic Medicine.

Maharishi Ayurveda is an alternative approach to health and medicine that was created by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1980s. A high degree of importance is given to the use of positive emotions, as well as to the role of the person’s consciousness, in their overall health.

The holistic approach that is embraced in MAV covers a wide range of practices which tie in with the lifestyle and philosophical outlook of many yogis. A yoga practitioner who understands their own body and how to look after it will be able to get the maximum benefit out of this approach to health by using it to shape their physical practice.


Yogapedia Explains Maharishi Ayurveda (MAV)

Maharishi Ayurveda draws on traditional Hindu philosophy. As such, it differs greatly from modern types of medicine in other parts of the world. This approach views the human body as being connected to an underlying level of intelligence. It is said that when this connection is broken, illness occurs.

There are no modern medicine or biology techniques used in Maharishi Ayurveda. Instead, it is widely viewed as being a revival of the ancient Vedic health care system.

There are 20 different components of this program, using concepts such as primordial sounds, emotion strengthening, herbal supplements and music therapy. Yoga can also be included as one such component. However, issues have been raised over the high cost that this practice sometimes incurs.

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