Ayurvedic consultant Deborah Keene will give an “Introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine” at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Ayurveda, pronounced “ah-your-vay-dah,” means the “knowledge of life.” It is the oldest continuously practiced health care system in the world, originating in India over 5,000 years ago, and is becoming recognized as one of the leading forms of holistic medicine. Yoga, the “sister science of ayurveda,” means oneness or union of body, mind, and spirit. Ayurveda teaches that each of us has a unique mind-body-spirit constitution, offers natural, individualized therapies to treat imbalances and illnesses, and empowers everyone to take responsibility for their own health and well being. Keene teaches yoga as well as ayurvedic principles.

She said in a press release, “In this talk I will cover the basic philosophy and principles of ayurveda, how to recognize some of the initial signs and symptoms of imbalances of the body-mind-spirit, and how to correct them. I also have some simple home remedies to help us remain healthy during this holiday season.” Handouts will be provided at the talk. “I also hope to cover how we can use some of these beautifully simple principles and help remain balanced at this time of year. Ayurveda is nature-based, according to the seasons. Harmony and ease in our bodies, minds, and spirits depend upon aligning ourselves with the rhythms and cycles of nature.”

Ayurveda looks to the root causes of any condition and offers ways to help restore balance to the body-mind through the use of proper diet, herbs and spices, daily routines, exercise, and natural therapies, all designed around the unique needs of the individual. Keene said, “It is a path to help us live our day-to-day lives with ease, freeing us to sense the inner peace and radiate the love that is the essence of our true being. The principles of Ayurveda state that nothing happens without a reason. This means the food we eat, the company we keep, the way we live, etc. all have an influence on our physical body, minds, and emotions.”

Keene, a Waterville native, is a graduate of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda located in western Massachusetts. She is a certified ayurvedic consultant, a certified ayurvedic yoga specialist, and a registered yoga teacher. Her business, the Ayurveda Yoga Center, located in Liberty with an office in Belfast, developed from her lifelong studies of the body, movement, and holistic healing as well as from her philosophy and life experiences. Keene has been conducting classes and workshops as well as working with individuals for the past 28 years. For more information please visit her website at ayurvedayogacenter.com.